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ENGR 100.750:  Engineering for Social Impact (ME)

Faculty:

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

Labs: 

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