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Engineering for Social Change

Critical analysis of issues at the intersection of engineering, philanthropy and social change. 

Terms Offered

Spring 2021


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Course Details

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.

Number of credits: 3

How You Will Learn and Work

This is a Global Classrooms Connections Course. This course will include a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning. 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.

Cultural Connection


General Education Credits



A. James Clark School of Engineering

Prerequisites & Restrictions

University of Maryland (UMD) juniors and seniors are eligible. 

Students must have a major at the ENGR-A. James Clark School of Engineering. Engineering students outside of the Mechanical Engineering program should register for ENES467. 

Faculty Highlight

Anand Davinder

Tuition & Scholarship

Course costs should be calculated based on the university’s standard tuition and fees for undergraduate students and graduate students.

Students enrolled in winter and summer Global Classrooms courses may be eligible for the International Education Scholarship.

Cancellation and Refunds

Global Classrooms courses follow UMD's Schedule Adjustment policies. 

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