Given the strong emphasis in problem solving, Chemical Engineering is probably one of the most suited disciplines in helping the less privileged and those in need. Some examples include investigating inexpensive ways to clean drinking water, making power and heating more affordable, turning livestock waste to biogas, leveraging the surrounding for sustainable farming and fishing, etc.
John Cirucci's Engineers without Border Webinar "Chemical Engineer can make an impact in the Development World"
Hlaing,N, et al, "Humanitarian Chemical Engineering", Chem Eng Progress, April 2015
The interested candidate is expecting to conduct a survey to categorize areas which Humanitarian Chemical Engineering may apply. He or she will pick up one to two areas that are of interest to them and try to apply his or her learning to improve the situation but bearing in mind that in most cases, the raw materials and equipment could be constrained by what is available in the locality. Finally, the student is expected to develop insights in project prioritization and find the best way to keep a project financially sustainable.
Develop an appreciation of social responsibility