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 eleven projects below are the result of their Fall 2013 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.

All projects from this semester, along with those from prior years, are also hosted at this site: Engineering Studies Student Research Archive. (Check here to find projects just from the SP12 capstone classes and here for SP13.)

1 | Sports and Engineering [Final Memo] [Website]
2 | 3d Printing and ES 101 [Final Memo] [Website]
3 | Sustainability and the IDEAL Center [Final Memo] [Brochure Side A and Side B]
4 | Lafarm Information Management [Final Memo] [Posters pdfs]
5 | Undergraduate Entrepreneurship at Lafayette [Final Memo] [Website] [Video]

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: Jason Alley, Kristen Sanford Bernhardt, George Bright, Sarah Edmonds, Ed Gamber, Scott Hummel, Jerry Lynch, Julia Nicodemus, Christine Schatz, Dave Veshosky, and Mary Wilford-Hunt. Special thanks to Lijuan Xu for working as the class’s Information Literacy partner at Skillman Library.