Penn State

 

Thomas H. Colledge, PhD, PE

Assistant Professor of Engineering Design
The Pennsylvania State University
 

Mailing Address
    213 Hammond Building

    University Park, PA 16802

                 Phone
    814-863-1527 (Office)

    814-863-7229 (Fax)

E-Mail
    thc100@psu.edu                        
About Me    My passion over the past twenty-three years has been to develop and grow a program at Penn State whereby students might apply their academic training, in multidisciplinary teams, to solve problems of marginalized communities.  This vision of service learning in engineering took root during my undergraduate years and became a professional goal upon joining the Engineering Design department at Penn State in 1991.   My efforts have been focused on development of Humanitarian Engineering.  Over these intervening 23 years, this quest has borne fruit through the creation and implementation of a number of efforts which have helped nurture a culture of service by engineering students and faculty.  These efforts were broad based and included:
 

        1.  Design:  Founder of Humanitarian Engineering efforts at Penn State in 1997.  Engaging hundreds of students in
             design projects which addressed the needs of marginalized communities in East Africa, the Caribbean, 
             Central/South America, and areas within the United States.

        2.  Academic Programs:  Developed the Engineering and Community Engagement Certificate which provides an
             academic home for students engaging in Humanitarian Engineering efforts.

        3Research:  Developed research opportunities for undergraduate students focusing on solving problems of
             marginalized communities.
        4.  Dissemination:  Created the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering: Humanitarian
             Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship
to permit dissemination of the scholarly work of students and faculty
             mentors from around the world. 
        5.  Student Learning Community:  Created a
student learning community to facilitate and nurture such efforts
             among students
        6.  Outreach:  Engaged middle school students in engineering design of solutions to problems in their local
            communities.


These efforts culminated in the formal approval by the College of Engineering at Penn State in 2011 of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program.

 

Currently my interests lie in the use of engaged scholarship to enhance student critical thinking, problem solving, and the development of professional skills.

Research Interests

Education

PhD Agricultural and Biological Engineering.  Minor: Instructional Systems
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
 

M. Eng. Civil Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
 

B.S. Civil Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
 

B.S. Mathematics Education and Science (Biology)
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

 

Publications

-    Colledge, T.H., Cognitive Foundations of Engineering Design/Build Service Learning Projects.  Proceedings from Engineering Design at Catholic Universities. Spring, 2005

- Snyder, Benjamin J., J. Bussard, J.Dolak, T. Weiser, T. Colledge.  A Portable Sisal Decorticator for Kenyan Farmers, The International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering.  Vol. 1, No. 2, September, 2006.

- Colledge, T.H., Development of a Certificate Program in Engineering Service Learning and Entrepreneurship.  NCIIA Annual Proceedings, 2007.

-  Pearce, Joshua, L. Grafman, T. Colledge, R. Legg.  Leveraging Information Technology, Social Entrepreneurship, and Global Collaboration for Just Sustainable Development.  NCIIA Annual Proceedings, 2008.

-  Colledge, T.H., Cognitive Benefits of Engineering Service Learning.  NCIIA Annual Proceedings, 2009.

Lackey, G., Bell, L., Ferdik, C., Shreve, M., Mehta, C., Mehta, K., Colledge, T., “Technology, implementation and economic sustainability model for an affordable biogas digester: A Case-Study”, Forum TBD

- Mehta, C., Mehta, K., Colledge, T., "The E-Spot Model for developing Business Strategies for Technology-based Ventures in Developing Communities", NCIIA Annual Conference, Alexandria, March 2011

 

Collaborative Projects/Travel

Professional Affiliations

Awards

Courses Teaching or Taught

Books

Grants

 

Professional Licensure

Journals

International Journal of Service Learning in Engineering:  Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship

Miscellany

updated: March 2012