ENGR 111
ENGR 111 - Product Creation for All

This hands-on class will explore how products are created, including an exploration of ideation and brainstorming, reverse engineering, and the product development process. An emphasis will be placed on the role of human factors engineering, including usability successes and failures of specific products. Students will learn about these topics through two approaches: disassembly and study of existing products and creation of simple product prototypes for specific, local nonprofit organizations serving populations such as those with developmental or physical limitations. By the end of the semester, students will be able to comprehend and independently apply both the product development process and specific human factors engineering approaches used in the design of many everyday objects; they will also have developed their own creativity and better understand how to further develop and apply that skill.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 16

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of the Quantitative Reasoning (QR) component of the Quantitative Reasoning & Data Literacy requirement.

Instructor: Banzaert

Distribution Requirements: MM - Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving

Typical Periods Offered: Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall

Notes: Mandatory Credit/Non Credit.

ENGR 120
ENGR 120 - Making a Diff through Engr

A project-based exploration of the technical challenges facing under-served communities locally and in developing countries. Technologies are focused primarily at the household level, exploring the benefits and limitations of existing and proposed solutions. Students will learn and apply engineering design skills-including estimation, prototyping, and creativity-to address real problems facing community partners affiliated with the class. Methodologies for participatory development and co-creation will be considered and utilized as appropriate. The necessity for interdisciplinary work when generating solutions will be emphasized.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 16

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of the Quantitative Reasoning (QR) component of the Quantitative Reasoning & Data Literacy requirement.

Instructor: Banzaert

Distribution Requirements: MM - Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall

Notes: Wendy Judge Paulson '69 Ecology of Place Living Laboratory course. This course does not satisfy the Natural and Physical Sciences Laboratory requirement. Mandatory Credit/Non Credit.

ENGR 160
ENGR 160 - Fundamentals of Engineering

Engineering is about combining ideas from mathematics, physics, computer science, and many other fields to design objects and systems that serve human needs. This project-based course introduces the big ideas of engineering and prepares students for taking additional engineering courses at Olin College or MIT. Topics include: the design and construction of mechanisms using rapid prototyping tools such as laser cutters, 3D printers, and computer-aided design software (SolidWorks); modeling and controlling physical systems using the MATLAB programming environments; and feedback and control using digital electronics (Arduino microcontrollers).

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 18

Prerequisites: Pre- or co-requisite - PHYS 107 or CS 111 or PHYS 120, or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Banzaert

Distribution Requirements: NPS - Natural and Physical Sciences; MM - Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving

Typical Periods Offered: Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring

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ENGR 210
ENGR 210/ PHYS 210 - Experimental Techniques

Through hands-on exploration, students will learn about analog and digital electronics, optical systems, and foundational techniques in the modern physics laboratory. A framework for data analysis will be developed, with a focus on model-data comparison, model selection and statistical inference. This course helps prepare students for independent research and internships in physics and related fields.

Units: 1.25

Max Enrollment: 12

Crosslisted Courses: ENGR 210

Prerequisites: PHYS 108. PHYS 120 recommended.

Instructor: Staff (Fall); Staff (Spring)

Distribution Requirements: NPS - Natural and Physical Sciences; MM - Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving; LAB - Natural and Physical Sciences Laboratory

Degree Requirements: DL - Data Literacy (Formerly QRDL); DL - Data Literacy (Formerly QRF)

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Spring

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ENGR 250
ENGR 250 - Research or Individual Study

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 15

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Spring

ENGR 250H
ENGR 250H - Research or Individual Study

Units: 0.5

Max Enrollment: 15

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

Instructor:

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring; Fall

ENGR 305
ENGR 305/ PEAC 305 - Tech., Soc. Justice, and Conflict

This course explores the intersections between social justice, conflict, and engineering using an interdisciplinary, hands-on, case study approach. We will explore four technologies (drones, cell phones, cookstoves and water pumps), exploring in each case both the embodied engineering concepts and the ethical and political implications of using the technology. The case studies will inform our discussions of the following big ideas: technology is directly linked to social justice and can have both highly beneficial and? highly problematic results for the development and transformation of conflicts; understanding technology at a deeper level is critical to understanding the justice impact on communities and people; media communication about technology and technological innovations' benefits can be hyperbolic and requires a critical lens. Peace and Justice Studies majors must register for PEAC 305. Students in other majors may register for either PEAC 305 or ENGR 305 depending on their preparation.

This course may serve as a capstone seminar for Peace and Justice majors and minors.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 15

Crosslisted Courses: ENGR 30 5

Prerequisites: For PEAC 305 - PEAC 104 and PEAC 204, or permission of the instructor (Confortini). For ENGR 305 - one ENGR course, or a comparable course at another institution, or permission of the instructor (Banzaert).

Instructor: Confortini, Banzaert

Distribution Requirements: SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall

Notes: Wendy Judge Paulson '69 Ecology of Place Living Laboratory course. This course does not satisfy the Natural and Physical Sciences Laboratory requirement.

ENGR 350
ENGR 350 - Research or Individual Study

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 6

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Banzaert

Typical Periods Offered: Fall and Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall

Notes:

ENGR 350H
ENGR 350H - Research or Individual Study

Units: 0.5

Max Enrollment: 4

Prerequisites: ENGR 250

Instructor: Banzaert

Typical Periods Offered: Fall and Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring

Notes: