Thoughtful Decision-Making

By Caldwell C. I’ve spent three straight years taking traditional engineering classes. You learn the material, they give you problems, and you pick out the information and the formulas to solve it. I was a little tired of that sort of black and white, cut and paste style, so when I saw a class called […]

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The Importance of Knowing Your Impact

By Jack C. I’m sitting in class during a lecture. We are talking about the end of the world. “Scientists say that we can only raise the earth’s temperature by 3 degrees before catastrophic change.” Says the lecturer, Professor Barton Foreman. “Burning all the fossil fuels will get us to 13 degrees.” The message is […]

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Community and Philanthropy

By Nathanael C. During this semester in Engineering for social change I learned a lot about myself and the different skills that I have to offer in regards to changing the world around me. Engineers can make the world a better place but the impact that they have depends not just on the solution to […]

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On the Shoulders of Giants

By Brian A. Sir Isaac Newton said “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” This is what came to mind as I sat and attempted to distill ENME-467 into a sentence or theme. Philanthropy and engineering have evolved over time, with each field contributing individuals and thinkers to […]

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Balance

By Jenna S. Service has always been a large part of my life, but I had never before approached social change from an engineering perspective. I had always hoped that my future career would be able to marry both engineering and social change, and this course has shown me just how possible that can be. […]

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The Importance of Connections

By Kelly R. Through this fall semester I have learned a great deal about how nonprofits are a part of their community and just how long and difficult the process of grant giving can be. I also had a chance to find out a little bit more about myself and how I work in such […]

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Why Are We Here?

By Aakash P. This semester in Engineering for Social Change is the first instance that the definition and role of an engineer was challenged in an unconventional way. This course enlightened me to the fact that an engineer is not just a memory bank of formulas, algorithms and derivations but a well-rounded intuitive thinker who […]

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Freedom

By Mark M. Engineering for Social Change is a class that deviates from any other engineering class that you will ever take. Instead of crunching numbers and memorizing formulas, we learned about the responsibilities that each engineer has when working in the real world as well as the importance of philanthropy. I think the most […]

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A Change of Pace

By Kevin L. Engineering for Social Change has been unlike any engineering course that I have ever taken in my years at the University of Maryland, and I mean that in the most positive sense possible. Over the years, I have grown accustom to performing calculations to find velocities, heat transfer rates, or other numerical […]

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A Recommended Class

By Jessica H. Taking the Engineering for Social Change course has really reminded me why I chose to be an engineering student in the first place. It is easy to get overwhelmed when you are taking five technical courses every semester, and it is easy to lose track of the big picture. Engineers have the […]

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