Changemaking Engineers

It starts with passion. It ends with impact.

Engineering is a profession that is focused on improving the lives of people. To be effective inventors and practitioners, engineers must be in touch with the societal challenges that are affecting people's experiences. By staying attuned to the needs of the community and looking at problems through the eyes of all stakeholders, Changemaking Engineers are able to do true justice in the world.

Revolutionizing Engineering Departments

In 2015, the University of San Diego's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering was awarded a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation-funded "Revolutionizing Engineering Departments" (RED) project. Under the five-year grant, the school is developing student engineers who are Changemakers for social justice, economic development and sustainability on a global scale. The effort builds on the university's designation as one of only 30 Ashoka U Changemaker campuses in the world and one of only two in California.

The Value of Engagement

Inspired by the aim of the NSF-funded RED grant, a new integrated engineering program was launched in Fall 2016 to infuse flexibility and the incubation of curricula into the school's current offerings. A diverse cluster hire of new faculty members with a world of experience are driving the program with vitality and creativity that resonates with students — incorporating stronger social justice and humanitarian principles into the program.

And across the school, initiatives are being created and implemented to unleash the Changemaker mindset. At USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, we envision a future where students select engineering as a major because they want to make a difference in society and their education prepares them to do so. Following are examples of the ways these initiatives are having a resounding impact on the way we are teaching and re-imagining engineering as USD:

Recycling at Kumeyaay Reservation Curricular Application Examples
  • GENG 350 | Engineering and Social Justice
  • GENG 384 | Remediation and Treatment Separation
  • ENGR 103 | User-Centered Design Class (DISJ Flag)
  • ENGR 494 | Peace Engineering
  • ISYE 380 | Sustainability and Engineering