Keller Center - Educating Leaders for a Technology-Driven Society


Fall 2014


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.

EGR 201 
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.

EGR 250,251,350,351,450,451
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 
High-Tech Entrepreneurship 
Christopher B. Kuenne 
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.

EGR 492 
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.

EGR 494 
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.

EGR 495 
Special Topics in Entrepreneurship - Building and Financing Technical Ventures 
Shahram Hejazi 
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.

EGR 497 
Entrepreneurial Leadership 
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.


Additional EGR courses are those with focused computer science, engineering, or mathematical content. These courses are relevant to students beyond the home department. Currently the following courses are in this category:
COS 126 / EGR 126 (QR) 
General Computer Science 
Robert Sedgewick 
An introduction to computer science in the context of scientific, engineering, and commercial applications. The goal of the course is to teach basic principles and practical issues, while at the same time preparing students to use computers effectively for applications in computer science, physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, and other disciplines. Topics include: hardware and software systems; programming in Java; algorithms and data structures; fundamental principles of computation; and scientific computing, including simulation, optimization, and data analysis.

EGR 191 / MAT 191 / PHY 191 (STL) 
An Integrated Introduction to Engineering, Mathematics, Physics 
Vikram Duvvuri 
Taken concurrently with EGR/MAT/PHY 192, this course offers an integrated presentation of the material from PHY 103 (General Physics: Mechanics and Thermodynamics) and MAT 201 (Multivariable Calculus) with an emphasis on applications to engineering. Physics topics include: mechanics with applications to fluid mechanics; wave phenomena; and thermodynamics.

EGR 192 / MAT 192 / PHY 192 / APC 192 (QR) 
An Integrated Introduction to Engineering, Mathematics, Physics 
Antonio Ache 
Taken concurrently with EGR/MAT/PHY 191, this course offers an integrated presentation of the material from PHY 103 (General Physics: Mechanics and Thermodynamics) and MAT 201 (Multivariable Calculus) with an emphasis on applications to engineering. Math topics include: vector calculus; partial derivatives and matrices; line integrals; simple differential equations; surface and volume integrals; and Green's, Stokes', and divergence theorems.

EGR 501A,B,C 
Responsible Conduct in Research: A Course on Ethics in Engineering (Half-term) 
Claire F. Gmachl 
This course educates the graduate student of engineering in the responsible conduct of research. The lectures provide theoretical background information as well as case studies about ethics in day-to-day research situations, in publishing and peer-review, in student-advisor relationships, in collaborative research, as well as in the big picture and considerations of long-term impact. The students are provided with resources to consult in ethical questions. In small-group discussions in research field-specific precepts, the theoretical concepts are made relevant to the individual students situations.

ELE 431 / MAE 431 / ENV 431 / EGR 431 / ENE 431 (QR) 
Solar Energy Conversion 
Sigurd Wagner 
Principles and design of solar energy conversion systems. Quantity and availability of solar energy. Physics and chemistry of solar energy conversion: solar optics, optical excitation, capture of excited energy, and transport of excitations or electronic charge. Conversion methods: thermal, wind,photoelectric, photoelectrochemical, photosynthetic, biomass. Storing solar energy. 3 lectures, 1 lab, 1 lab precept per week. Lab accessible 24/7.

MAE 305 / MAT 391 / EGR 305 / CBE 305 (QR) 
Mathematics in Engineering I 
Howard A. Stone 
A treatment of the theory and applications of ordinary differential equations with an introduction to partial differential equations. The objective is to provide the student with an ability to solve standard problems in this field.

ORF 245 / EGR 245 (QR) 
Fundamentals of Statistics 
S├ębastien Bubeck 
A first introduction to probability and statistics. This course will provide background to understand and produce rigorous statistical analysis including estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression. Applicability and limitations of these methods will be illustrated in the light of modern data sets and manipulation of the statistical software R. Precepts are based on real data analysis.

ORF 309 / EGR 309 / MAT 380 
Probability and Stochastic Systems 
Ramon van Handel 
An introduction to probability and its applications. Random variables, expectation, independence. Poisson processes, Markov chains, and Brownian motion. Stochastic models of queues, population dynamics, and reliability.