The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers several courses that have interdisciplinary content integrating engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities and are of broad interest to students from across the University. These courses typically have no prerequisites. They are listed in the Course Offerings under engineering and bear the label EGR. Currently the following courses are in this category:
CBE 260 / EGR 260 (EM)
Ethics and Technology: Engineering in the Real World
Jay B. Benziger and Bruce E. Koel
This course examines engineering as a profession and the responsibilities of that profession to society. Professional responsibilities of engineers are compared to those of lawyers, doctors, scientists and businessmen. Ethical theories are introduced as frameworks to guide decisions of technology implementation. Simple quantitative decision making concepts, including risk-benefit analysis, are introduced as a method for engineers to make ethically optimal choices.
CEE 102B / EGR 102B / MAE 102B (STL)
Engineering in the Modern World
Michael G. Littman
Lectures and readings focus on bridges, railroads, power plants, steamboats, telegraph, highways, automobiles, aircraft, computers, and the microchip. The laboratory centers on technical analysis that is the foundation for design of these major innovations. The experiments are modeled after those carried out by the innovators themselves, whose ideas are explored in the light of the social environment within which they worked.
COS 109 / EGR 109 (QR)
Computers in Our World
Brian W. Kernighan
Computers are all around us. How does this affect the world we live in? This course is a broad introduction to computing technology for humanities and social sciences students. Topics will be drawn from current issues and events, and will include discussion of how computers work; what programming is and why it is hard; how the Internet and the Web work; security and privacy.
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
John D. Danner, Christopher B. Kuenne, Derek B. Lidow
The mission of this class is to give students a sense of the impact of entrepreneurship on the social and economic fabric of all cultures, while also defining the challenges all entrepreneurs must overcome in order to be successful. This class will adopt a point of view of the Princeton entrepreneur that pays particular attention to the opportunities and challenges faced by entrepreneurs who attend Princeton. The class will contain modules on the following topics, among others: Value Creation, Finding and Creating Markets, Business Models, Financials and Financing, and Leadership.
Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS)
Jay Benziger, Michael Littman
In the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program, students earn academic credit for their participation in multidisciplinary design teams that solve technology-based problems for local not-for-profit organizations. The teams are: multidisciplinary--drawing students from across engineering and around the university; vertically-integrated--maintaining a mix of freshmen through seniors each semester; and long-term--each student may participate in a project for up to six semesters. The continuity, technical depth, and disciplinary breadth of these teams enable delivery of projects of significant benefit to the community.
EGR 491 / ELE 491
Christopher B. Kuenne
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This hands-on course introduces students to analysis and actions required to launch and commercialize a tech company, through the use of Harvard Business School cases, visits from entrepreneurs, and two "field assignments". You will learn conceptual frameworks and analytical techniques for evaluating technologies, markets, and commercialization strategies. Additionally, you will learn how to attract and motivate the resources needed to start a company (e.g. people, corporate partners and venture capital), prepare business plans, structure relationships, refine product-market fit, and create and grow enterprise value.
Radical Innovation in Global Markets
James J. Shinn
Radical innovation solves big problems and alters the way we live, colliding with government polices as the effects ripple across national frontiers. Where do these innovations come from, how do they work, and what policy problems do they cause? This class examines the impact of technical innovation on a global scale. Students learn how innovations in areas such as satellite imaging, global positioning, internet search engines, and pandemic vaccines have a profound impact on foreign policy. Students learn to think about innovation from the standpoint of business managers, government regulators, social entrepreneurs, in very practical terms.
Leadership Development for Business
Dennis F. Strigl
The Leadership Development for Business course deals with the strategic, organizational and leadership challenges that global corporations face. The course provides students with a unique perspective on leadership vision, and how leaders recognize and capitalize on opportunities. We will focus on how leaders achieve results and make things happen working with and through others. This course presents innovative, practical and field tested methods used by successful business leaders to achieve sustained results. Classes will consist of a mix of classroom lecture, case study discussions and guest speakers.
Special Topics in Entrepreneurship - Building and Financing Technical Ventures
With the initial perspective of what it takes to attract funding, the course will then provide the experience of an early-stage entrepreneur seeking initial investment, covering in detail topics such as: opportunity assessment, intellectual property review, proof of concept development, technology de-risking plan, regulatory issues, market validation and team building. The course will then provide guidelines to help students identify financing needs, develop a funding strategy and build a pitch deck for potential investors.
Derek B. Lidow
The mission of the class is to enable students to successfully create and lead enterprises by teaching the basic skills required to be a successful entrepreneurial leader. This class compliments EGR 491 "High Tech Entrepreneurship" which focuses on 'giving birth to a company', by focusing instead on enterprise 'early child rearing'. The basic skills taught fall into three major categories: how to create and manage powerful relationships, how to know and manage yourself, in addition to understanding how organizations work as they evolve from the idea stage to become value producing, self-sustaining enterprises.
MAE 228 / EGR 228 / CBE 228 / ENE 228 (STN)
Energy Solutions for the Next Century
Jay B. Benziger
This course will deal with issues of regional and global energy demands, sources, carriers, storage, current and future technologies and costs for energy conversion, and their impact on climate and the environment. Students will learn to perform objective cost-efficiency and environmental impact analyses from source to end-user on both fossil fuels (oil, coal, and natural gas), and alternative energy sources (bio-fuels, solar energy, wind, batteries, and nuclear). We will also pay particular attention to energy sources, technologies, emissions, and regulations for transportation. The course will also include tours to energy research labs.