Servant Engineering

Servant Engineering

Called to Serve

In the George Fox engineering department, we take seriously Christ’s call to use our God-given gifts and abilities to serve others. The Servant Engineering program was established in spring 2010 as a core curricular requirement.

This unique program brings engineering students and professionals together as a team to research, design, and deliver engineering solutions to address humanitarian needs. All third-year students work on interdisciplinary teams, creating solutions to significant technical challenges through a human-centered design approach. Read more


The types of projects the students have been doing include:

  • A postural assist device for blind students at the Oregon School for the Blind
  • Clean cook-stove technologies for meeting the basic needs of refugees, impoverished people and communities in the developing world (InStove)
  • Augmentative communication and physical therapy devices for patients and staff at the Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children in Portland
  • Design of a bridge at a ranch for fatherless youth in Yamhill, Oregon
  • An auto-resistive enhancement to an exercise bicycle for use in focused physical therapy
  • Ruggedized wheelchair designs for individuals suffering with cerebral palsy in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya

George Fox Journal Fall 2011 - Read more about past projects.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. – I Peter 4:10


Clients - We are actively seeking projects from interested organizations. 

Contributors - Learn more about giving to support the Servant Engineering program.

Contact: Prof. Gary Spivey


George Fox University is a partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private initiative led by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean cooking solutions.

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EPICS - A consortium of universities committed to and practicing variations of the Engineering Projects in Community Service started at Purdue University.