Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute
for Engineering and Humanity

Focus Areas

The Hunt Institute is devoted to creating a pipeline of innovations relevant both locally and globally. According to its strategy, the Institute is focused on the following areas:


Artisanal Support


Sustainable Agriculture


Access to Clean Water


Affordable Shelter


Energy Access and Efficiency


Financial Innovation

The Hunt Institute works closely with scientists, who have promising research and innovations in the areas mentioned above, by providing seed funding and/or facilitating and supporting their work through the expertise of the Institute’s staff and collaboration platform. Examples include research on reducing the cost of and improving the productivity of sustainable intensive food production systems; modeling the strength and energy efficiency of earth blocks; and studying soil contamination and remediation opportunities vis-à-vis urban farming and earthen construction. Under expert and faculty guidance, the Institute has also piloted a student innovation competition. The above research and innovation is carried out in close collaboration with community partners whenever possible; special emphasis is put on engaging with youth in partner communities.


The Mission of the Hunter & Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity is to:

  • Develop and scale sustainable and affordable technologies and solutions addressing the challenges facing the global poor
  • Improve the standard of living of the world’s impoverished communities
  • Foster market-based mechanisms that create sustainable livelihood opportunities and that respect the dignity of individuals and communities
  • Serve as a convening platform for business, academia, NGOs and governmental organizations, as well as a national and international hub for relevant programs
  • Leverage talent from various disciplines and focus on the education of engineering and non-engineering students alike

Our Mission

The Hunt Institute aims to shift the foundation of poverty through action and empowerment, not charity. The Institute strives to bring together the most talented minds from fields including engineering; science; business; international development; and global economics, and combine their efforts with market forces to improve the standard of living for those in extreme poverty. The Institute focuses on access to clean water; creating affordable shelter, including design justice for the marginalized; hygiene education and promotion; access to energy; and meeting basic infrastructure needs.

Our Philosophy

As a hub for development programs, the Hunt Institute is dedicated to shaping the engineer of the future who will be devoted to solving the world's most pressing humanitarian issues through skilled expertise and leadership. The Institute recognizes that sustainable solutions require a deep understanding of those who will be utilizing, maintaining, and replicating these new technologies. To ensure our engineers, scientists, and partners have a clear understanding of the environments in which they operate, new path-breaking technical programs and field research are augmented with special programs in global economics and politics as well as regional history, law, religion, and culture.