About Perspectives on Grand Challenges for Engineering - FSE 150

Are you excited about new technologies that impact every facet of our lives? Are you concerned about the many problems, big or small, faced by our communities on planet earth, and want to help? This course is for you!

This course will provide you with opportunities to explore the global challenges facing society, and to learn about how engineers are making an effort to address these challenges. It will serve as a first step to prepare you to become a well rounded Engineer who is ready to tackle these challenges.

You will hear from experts in many engineering fields talking about the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering and their groundbreaking research that is impacting communities of all sizes across the globe. Through this course, you will be equipped with an Entrepreneurial Mindset that complements the technical engineering skill set and drives innovation. The entrepreneurial mindset focuses on exercising your curiosity about the surrounding world in order to identify opportunities, make connections, and create real value for society. This course is also an active introduction to developing an interdisciplinary systems perspective, a new way of thinking and problem solving that is important to address these challenges. Through discussions and activities, you will actively explore how engineering solutions and technologies can be affected by and impact various aspects of society including economics, politics, environment, culture, and human behavior.

This is a three credit hour course that counts toward the Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB) General Studies requirement at Arizona State University. This course is also a required component of the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program at ASU. It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring your credit.

Upcoming start dates

Jan. 11, 2022$25 + 400




8 weeks

Faculty and course staff

Haolin Zhu

Senior Lecturer,

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Arizona State University

Amy Trowbridge

Senior Lecturer,

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Arizona State University