ENGR0715 is a unique and rewarding learning experience for freshmen engineering students who have completed the prerequisite ENGR0711 Honors Engineering Analysis and Computing Fall semester course. Engineering Applications for Society is the second semester honor's course and represents a "Service Learning" experience through which students learn and develop skills necessary to succeed as an engineer by solving a real problem of value to a local community organization.
The goal for this course is to create a win-win experience for both the students and the community organizations. In return for their participating in the educational process of the university, both the students and the community organizations benefit by having a problem of value addressed, or "solved", by the students. The benefits to the students are innumerable. Not only are they rewarded by the satisfaction of solving a real problem of value to their community, but through experience, they learn many personal and professional skills that cannot be learned in a traditional engineering curriculum. They learn what solving problems as an engineering professional truly involves, above and beyond the equations learned in classrooms where the answers can be found at the end of a book.
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