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ENGR 100.750:  Engineering for Social Impact (ME)


Jesse Austin-Breneman (ME), 

Philip Derbesy (TechComm),

Dan Moyer (TechComm)

Fall Term

“I’ve learned so much and have had so much hands-on experience. I’m so glad I chose ENGR 100 Section 750 because I cannot imagine a section that’s any better!” 

– Student

Course Description:

When developing new technologies, engineers must carefully consider the impact their decisions may have on individual stakeholders and on society as a whole. In this course, you will learn a variety of prototyping methods within the context of a socially-engaged design process. You will then apply these skills to address a real-world problem in the field of public transportation. We’ll cover the following topics:

    • Social impact measures and how to interact with stakeholders to make better engineering decisions
    • When and how to make different kinds of prototypes
    • Hands-on making techniques

Term Project

Redesign an element of the public transportation system, taking into account stakeholder feedback and social impacts of your design choices


Prototyping skills, e.g., working with materials like foam core, sewing, finishing, 3D printing, Adobe InDesign; hands-on experience with gears, motors, Arduinos

Aerial view of four students working on laptops with parts scattered on table
Two students huddled over connecting wires, turning on a small LED
Back view of students listening to instructions from instructor next to 3D printers