FSE 150 Perspectives of Grand Challenges on Engineering

The FSE 150 Perspective of Grand Challenges on Engineering course is a required course for one of the interdisciplinary components of the program. Taught by Amy Trowbridge and Haolin Zhu, the course offers the opportunity for Grand Challenge Scholars to develop an interdisciplinary appreciation for the Grand Challenges. This course will increase students’ awareness of the social complexities of meeting the needs of local and global challenges through engineering and technology. Students will also learn more about the Grand Challenge Scholars program, begin their path towards making a Grand Challenge area their life’s passion, and will start creating a plan to complete the program components during their undergraduate studies.

Course learning outcomes

As a result of taking this course, students will

  • Develop an understanding of the engineering grand challenges that human societies face in the 21st century.
  • Describe the research themes at ASU, and locate ongoing research at ASU in all Grand Challenge theme areas.
  • Discuss the interdisciplinary, global nature of the Grand Challenges, and how that impacts potential solutions.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of social and cultural issues that may impact engineering and technology.
  • Create a preliminary plan of study for completing the five components (research, interdisciplinary, entrepreneurship, global, and service learning) of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program during their undergraduate career.