ENME 467 - Engineering for Social Change

3 Credits



Engineering for Social Change: Engineering Is Not Just Engineering, Davinder K. Anand, Dylan A. Hazelwood, Michael G. Pecht, Mukes Kapilashrami. ISBN 978-0984627479


Junior or Senior Standing


Critical analysis of issues at the intersection of engineering, philanthropy and social change. How engineering design, products and processes have impacted social change in the past and will do so in the future. Topics covered include energy, sustainability and climate change, autonomy, the digital future, low cost engineering, manufacturing, ethics and the impact of electronics on society. Faculty and external experts will engage with students on these topics. Students will award a significant amount of grant money to an organization involved in technology for social change.


The student will understand the interaction between engineering, social change and philanthropy, and how organizations engage in these activities.
  • The student will be able to articulate their view and philosophy of engineering as it creates social change and unintended consequences.
  • The student will practice the art of multi optimization in an environment with severe cost restraints to support underfunded projects of significant social value.


  • Philanthropy
  • Autonomy
  • Robotics
  • Climate Change
  • Misuse of Technology
  • Ethics
  • Waste
  • Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Service

Learning Outcomes 

  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • One 160 minute lecture per week

Last Updated By 
Davinder Anand, June 2017