Engineering for Humanity

This course introduces students to engineering problem solving, beginning with understanding client needs and ending with implemented, adaptable, adoptable, and sustainable solutions. This course draws equally on empathetic and ethnographic methods and on a technical understanding of the problem and solution domains. Over the semester, students learn about and with their clients; they identify specific challenges that their clients face; and together with their clients they develop concrete solutions to address these challenges. Students leave Engineering for Humanity with a grounded understanding of the engineering problem solving process, experience in participant-observer fieldwork, and having made a concrete difference in the lives of members of our community.  Students identify and design their service projects while working with senior citizens in surrounding communities.

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