In Multidisciplinary Design courses, teams of students with disparate academic backgrounds will come together to tackle exciting design challenges. While practicing a human-centered design process, teams will understand the essential need behind a problem, prototype solutions, test their prototypes, and present a final solution. Students will also learn to collaborate among different working styles, and they will introduce their peers to new skill sets from their engineering discipline.
EN.501.124 FYS: Design Cornerstone, 2 credits, Fall 2023
EN.501.127 FYS: Innovation and Design through Empathy, 3 credits, Fall 2023
In this First-Year Seminar, students will delve into the study of empathy in various fields to better understand themselves and how other people see, understand, and interact with the world. The class will explore ways to increase and build empathy using existing tools and observe how empathic development helps enhance our abilities to communicate, work on diverse teams, and be leaders within an increasingly changing global economy.
EN.660.345 Multidisciplinary Engineering Design 1, 3 credits, Fall 2023
In this course, 2nd through 4th year engineering students work on diverse teams, each with its own project partner from industry, medicine, research, or the social sector. By the end of the semester, teams present their partner with research, insights into their target user, innovative solutions, and a prototype that shows promise towards their final solution. Some departments allow this course sequence as their capstone or design designation. Check it out in our FAQ.
EN.660.346 Multidisciplinary Engineering Design 2, 3 credits, Spring 2024
Students who wish to pursue their Multidisciplinary Engineering Design project further or join an existing team may do so in this advanced course. While using project management and product development tools, teams develop and test their prototypes with the intent of handing off an implementable solution to their project partner by the end of the semester.
EN.660.347 Action Lab, 3 credits, Spring 2024
Students learn how to take action through prototyping to move their ideas forward, by understanding theory and practicing new skills. Within creative design projects, teams will prototype using media ranging from cardboard to circuit boards to code… and maybe even TikTokTM. No prior experience required, though an intro to programming will be helpful.
EN.660.392 Social Impact Design, 3 credits, Spring 2024
Multidisciplinary teams of students collaborate with a Baltimore community partner to tackle a design challenge that addresses an issue of injustice. Students will first learn about the history and current context surrounding the design challenge before diving into responsible co-design with the community partner to create sustainable and adoptable solutions. Students from both WSE and KSAS may register.