Welcome to the front door for course projects in “EGRS 451: The Capstone Seminar in Engineering and Society”

This is the front door for final products in EGRS 451, the capstone seminar in engineering and society at Lafayette College. The class was comprised of students graduating as majors in Engineering Studies.  The twenty projects below are the result of their Spring 2012 projects, each one of which was aimed at demonstrating the interdisciplinary skills of an EGRS major, developing a public presence for those skills, and showing how EGRS majors can lead and push forward public debates about science, technology and engineering in society.

Each project title is followed by an accompanying link to the Project Memo (in *.pdf format).  Those memos summarize the basic research question of the project and provide background context, summary points, and suggestions for future work.  They also include annotated bibliographies of resources for readers interested in finding out more about the topic. Some students produced on-line products (websites, presentations, videos).  Those links also appear after the project title.  Other projects were physical displays (a solar charger model, a carport mock-up, an e-waste receptacle, a pamphlet, etc.). Students provide information about those displays in the summary memos.

Overviews of work at Lafayette and in Engineering Studies (EGRS)
1 | ES Archive [memo] [website]
2 | Student-Led Sustainability Initiative [memo] [website w/ carport model]
3 | Engineering for Development & Student Experience [memo] [Prezi]
4 | Assessing Lafayette’s Sustainability Initiatives [memo] [poster]

Environmentally themed projects
5 | Connecting EGRS and the Nurture Nature Center [memo] [video]
6 | Visualizing Fracking in PA and NY [memo] [report and visual display]
7 | Misinformation and Hydraulic Fracking [memo] [website]
8 | Food Distribution and Energy Use [memo]
9 | Farm Project Feasibility Analysis [memo] [poster]
10 | E-waste at Lafayette [memo] [e-waste receptacle in Farinon and website]
11 | Solar Charging Station [memo] [charging station model]
12 | Post-industrial Arts Redevelopment [memo] [pdf booklet]
13 | Engineering, Art, and Nature [memo] [video]
14 | Water Quality: Lafayette and the U.S. [memo] [report, map]

Engineering education
15 | Lafayette Engineering in Historical Context [memo] [Prezi]
16 | Promoting the Bioengineering Minor [memo] [poster, brochure]
17 | BIM (Building Information Management) [memo] [proposal]

Ethics
18 | Dollars and Drones [memo] [website]

Sports
19 | Sports and Engineering [memo] [website]

Psychology
20 | Technology, Psychology, and Disruption [memo] [experimental report]

The syllabus for the course is available here.

My thanks to and appreciation for a wide range of community partners and campus contacts that worked with the students:  Jenn Bell, Courtney Bentley, Kate Brandes, Dru Germanoski, Nestor Gil, Art Kney, Stephen Lammers, Eric Luhrs, Bruce McCutcheon, Michael Nees, Ken Newquist, Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, John O’Keefe, Jennifer Rao, Steve Roche, Rebecca Rosenbauer, Jenn Rossman, Diane Shaw, Dave Veshosky, Mary Wilford-Hunt, and George Xiques. Special thanks to Lijuan Xu for working as the class’s Information Literacy partner at Skillman Library.
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