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Core Courses

FALL SEMESTER COURSES

ABE 232/AFST 233 -Context in International Interventions An exploration of the progress and pitfalls of a real-life engineering project in Nigeria to make the case for Contextual Engineering, which evaluates non-technical influences to determine the likelihood that an infrastructure intervention will work for a particular international community. While engineering principles will be included in this course, non-engineers are encouraged to enroll and learn about the relationship between technical and social sciences when working on an international project in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. 3 credits

ABE 532/AFST 533 (pending) – Advanced Context in International Interventions Contextual Engineering addresses the loss of infrastructure usability, sustainability, and resiliency in non-industrialized societal settings that often results from disconnects and differing objectives among stakeholders. Using case studies and technical infrastructure designs, the impacts of globalization, Western attitudes, power dynamics, and place-based knowledge are explored and applied to infrastructure design and implementation processes, particularly when serving rural societies. Application of these concepts will then be conducted for specific design efforts associated with the student’s own discipline.   4 credits.

Suspended for 2020-21 because of pandemic travel restrictions  ABE 498/LAST440-550 – International Water Project I First part of two-semester, applied design course provides assistance for a rural Central American community in designing and implementing a contextually appropriate water system. Enrollees will work closely with alumni mentors and professional advisors on client assessment, conceptual engineering design, and strategies for implementation, and have the opportunity to travel to Honduras during Winter Break.

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Undergrad-3 credits; Grad-4 credits.

ABE 199 – International Engineering Service Project Management for Student Organizations Students are drawn to participate in engineering service organizations for a variety of reasons, but with little preparation and understanding of the technical and logistical challenges associated with working with an unfamiliar client, many new members quickly drop out in frustration. This course trains student practitioners on how to assess, design, and implement a project by addressing the technical design, societal conditions, and project management skills that are needed to allow participants to contribute meaningfully to their projects.
Undergrad-1 credit.

SPRING SEMESTER COURSES

ABE 498/AFST 495 – Art & Technology in Sierra Leone An examination of the status and relationships of art and technology in the Sub-Saharan African nation of Sierra Leone, particularly analyzing the differences and similarities between rural and urban identities. Contextual examination will include assessment of the impact of catastrophe (ebola outbreaks, mudslides, and civil war) upon the society and the role technology and art play in the country’s identity.
Undergrad-3 credits; Grad-4 credits.
Offered in Spring Semester only.

Suspended for 2020-21 because of pandemic travel restrictions ABE 498/LAST441-550 – International Water Project II Second part of two-semester, applied design course provides assistance for a rural Central American community in designing and implementing a contextually appropriate water system. Enrollees will work closely with alumni mentors and professional advisors on completing final design of a functional sanitary water system, revising preliminary designs based on data gathered during travel to Honduras during Winter Break.
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Undergrad-3 credits; Grad-4 credits.