Engineering Courses with International Focus

In addition to courses with embedded travel, courses are offered in the College of Engineering that have a strong emphasis on international engineering. These courses help students to better understand engineering in a global context. A sampling of these courses is listed below. For the most up-to-date course descriptions, see the University course catalog.

ENGR 097S: First-Year Seminar - Engineering in China (1)

EDSGN 100H: Introduction to Engineering Design (3)

Honors section of EDSGN 100 - Introduction to engineering design processes, methods, and decision making using team design projects; design communication methods including graphical, verbal, and written. The honors section additionally includes an examination of the way products and systems are produced in the global economy; cross cultural diversity in the design of technology; who benefits from development and who does not; and the transformative effects of technology globally on society, natural resources, and the environment. It includes global virtual design teams and optional follow-on programs abroad. Teams of students are given the chance to work with foreign partners.

B E 300: Biological Systems (3)

International content is integrated into this course throughout the semester. The three factors that determine the productivity of a given plant or animal are nutrition, disease, and environment. To fully achieve the genetic potential of plants and animals, one must provide a non-stressing environment for the biological systems in addition to meeting their nutrition and health requirements. This course focuses upon first understanding the nature of biological systems. The systems to be covered most extensively are animals, plants, and harvested produce. For each biological system considered, emphasis will be placed on the physiological responses by the system in a non-stressing environment and in a stressing environment. Techniques to characterize combinations of environmental stressors will be covered. The requirements of engineering systems to alleviate environmental stresses will be determined.

ENGR 420Y Design for Global Society (3) (US)

This course is an interdisciplinary study of the engineering design process and the influence of society and culture on design. Engineering is the application of pure scientific principles to benefit society. Engineers design and build various products and processes as identified by commercial and industrial needs. Just as societal needs affect which products and processes should be built, their designs affect society as they are built. The manifestation of the latter effect comes in the form of environmental impact. There is no entity more intercultural than the global environment. International societies and cultures express different views on their relationships with the environment. No matter what the relationship, the interplay between society and environment exists and is compounded by engineering influences on each.

EDSGN 425: Global Engineering Design (3)

The course examines global diversity in resources (supply chains) and markets, and the use of the 24-hour clock, globally distributed teams, and distributed low-cost engineering centers (LCECs). Global Design examines the nature of cultural diversity in the practice of design and in communications in the global economy. Innovation (and how it is measured) as a driving force in economic growth and its ethical challenges (innovation for what and for whom) are given special attention. It has semester-long, client-based, design projects often for clients in other countries in Europe and Asia. Teams are formed with students in other countries.

EDSGN 452 Projects in Community Service Engineering (1-2)

This course is intended to promote civic responsibility and enhance the student's abilities to engage in research and design, project management, communications, professional conduct and the understanding of user needs. This is accomplished by students undertaking team-based engineering projects in community service with partner community organizations. The projects offer real-world engineering design experience, from problem formulation through performance assessment. The project offerings will include a mix of local and international offerings. Students work on multidisciplinary teams with a project supervisor (i.e., faculty or practicing engineer) and a representative from the partner community organization. Projects are selected based on academic content, potential significance to the partner community, commitment of the partner community organization, and student safety.

Students also examine the politics of technology, the relationship between engineering and communities (either domestic or international), and ethics in engineering practice. This includes the ways that engineering can be used positively and negatively in development. In the course of their work, the students will examine the ways that economic, social, cultural, political, and other contextual considerations are implicated in engineering design. Students are challenged to think critically about how engineering can be done most effectively to support community goals, and how engineering can weaken community efforts if done insensitively. These issues are explored through discussions of the relevant scholarly theory and through their manifestation in the course projects.

NOTE: THE ENGR 497 Course Number is a TEMPORARY number, so these courses may not be the same as ones offered this semester. Check the descriptions in the course catalog for the current course offerings.

EDSGN 497 Kenyan Seminar (1)

A seminar series related to the context and project management of projects in Kenya; Eco-village, Mashavu and social networking.

ENGR 497 Global Engineering Business Seminar (1)

Preparation for a career in international business. The course focus is on culture and communication with hands on activities and invited speakers. Prerequisiste for students traveling internationally with the Engineering Leadership Development Program. Students must earn a "B" or better in this class to qualify for travel.

ENGR 497 International Entrepreneurship and Organizational Leadership (1)

An applied international organizational leadership course designed to provide students with an academic understanding of organizational leadership and the opportunity for hands-on application in an engineering business environment. The class topics cover the basic theories, principles, skills, and relevant literature germane to international organizational leadership; emphasis is placed on critical reading, reflective analysis, and oral and written presentations. Students then form virtual teams and collaborate with students from Corvinus University (Budapest, Hungary) and work on socially relevant engineering design projects in developing nations (e.g. Morocco, Benin, Jamaica).

EDSGN 497 International Design, Entrepreneurship and Leadership (3)

International design, entrepreneurship, and leadership, fundamentals of design, entrepreneurship and leadership as practiced in a global context and a global collaborative project.

I E 497 Global Industrial Engineering Experience - Japan (1)


M E 497 Micro and Nanoscale Science and Engineering in the Larger World (3)

Non-technical seminar course explaining the social and political context surrounding the emerging area of micro and nanoscale science and engineering. Students will consider: the societal and ethical implications of research and development (R&D); the impact of public policy on both R&D infrastructure and R&D direction; the status of the U.S. R&D enterprise within an international context; and the media portrayal and public perception of science.