Online Engineering Grand Challenges

FSE 150 - Perspectives on Grand Challenges for Engineering


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 l

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Course prerequisites and requirements

To be successful in this course, we recommend English language fluency and computer literacy. We also encourage you to make sure your laptop or desktop computer meets the technical requirements.

Knowledge of basic Excel functionality will be very helpful in setting you up for success in this course.

Quick facts

Next start date:

Jan. 11, 2022

  • Credits: 3
  • Length: 8 weeks
  • Cost: $25 + $400

What you’ll learn

  • Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the global engineering Grand Challenges that human societies face in the 21st century
  • Describe the NAE Grand Challenges themes, and learn about ongoing research in all Grand Challenge theme areas.
  • Identify opportunities to create added value in the Grand Challenge areas, and apply customer focused design and an entrepreneurial mindset to conceptualize a potential future solution.
  • Interpret why (and in what ways) a technology or design solution adds value from multiple perspectives (technological, sociocultural, economic, environmental, global, etc.), and describe a design solution in terms of its societal value (as well as its technical features and function).
  • Demonstrate an awareness of societal issues (e.g. sociocultural, political, economic, environmental) that influence and/or constrain engineering solutions.

What to expect in class

Video lectures, readings, projects, graded activities, discussions, an ePortfolio, meetings with the instructor.

Exams and grading


Projects (2)




Activities (15)


Graded Discussions


This course appears on your transcript identically to how it appears on the transcript of an enrolled ASU student who has taken the course on one of ASU’s campuses.

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.

Faculty and course staff




Senior Lecturer,

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Arizona State University




Senior Lecturer,

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Arizona State University

Why take ASU Universal Learner Courses

  1. Credit you receive is from a regionally accredited university
  2. Your credit is highly transferable
  3. You only pay the $400 course cost if you pass

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