Credits: 3


Restriction: Must not be in Engineering: Mechanical program; and junior standing or higher; and must be in a major in ENGR-A. James Clark School of Engineering.
Cross-listed with: ENES467.
Credit only granted for: ENES467 or ENME467.
Critical analysis of issues at the intersection of engineering, philanthropy and social change. How engineering design, products and processes have created social change in the past and will do so in the future through both intended and unintended consequences. Topics covered include energy, sustainability and climate change, autonomy, the digital future, low cost engineering, manufacturing, philanthropy, ethics and the impact of electronics on society, among others. Faculty and external experts will engage with students on these topics. Students will broadly engage with organizations involved in using technology for positive social impact.

Semesters Offered

Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022

Learning Objectives

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.


Topics Covered

  • 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

Additional Course Information



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

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • One 160 minute lecture per week
Last Updated By 
Davinder Anand, June 2017