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Societal Engineers Learn Through Innovation

The Societal Engineer employs innovation across disciplines and fields to enhance our quality of life. At BU, students prepare for careers as technology innovators through hands-on opportunities that make the ideas explored in courses and programs reality.

  • Technology Innovation Technology Innovation Concentration So you’ve got a great idea for an innovation that will improve society. Great. Now the hard part: Turn your idea into a product that can be sold at a profit. The Technology Innovation Concentration lets you enhance your major in a fundamental engineering discipline with the entrepreneurial mindset needed to bring great innovations into everyday use.
  • EPIC Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) EPIC is a 15,000-square-foot, $9 million facility on Commonwealth Avenue that will help address a critical need in the US: the training of prospective engineers who understand how to develop and manufacture innovative new products as an integral part of their overall engineering curriculum.
  • Singh Imagineering Lab Binoy K. Singh Imagineering Laboratory For College of Engineering students, the path to becoming a Societal Engineer involves not only coursework defined by professors but also ample opportunity to work on extracurricular projects of their own design. BU students can work on these projects in the Singh Imagineering Laboratory, a fully equipped workshop where they can tinker with their designs and enter them in competitions.
  • Students in village Engineering for Global Health Being a Societal Engineer means a dedication to improving the world around you far beyond your own community. To that end, our students and faculty are focused on research and coursework in global health technology innovation, looking at ways to create and implement simple, robust and affordable solutions to improve healthcare and quality of life in the developing world.
  • EWB Engineers Without Borders BU Chapter of a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities in order to improve their quality of life. Learn more.
  • Tech scholars Design Competitions Engineering competitions are a great way to engage real-world engineering situations and learn valuable skills like project management, design and teamwork that will help you throughout your life. You learn to apply the theories you’ve learned in class and the lab to hands-on challenges and compete with your peers for prizes.

    The College sponsors and participates in competitions, such as the Imagineering Competition, the Smart Lighting Challenge and the FIRST Robotics Competition in which undergraduates mentor teams from area high schools. Extracurricular projects developed in the Imagineering Laboratory are also eligible for design and business competitions locally and nationally, and for the lab’s own design competition. Various student clubs and organizations also compete in engineering contests such as building roller coasters, rockets and satellites.
  • Research Undergraduate Research The College of Engineering offers undergraduates an enhanced experience by providing undergraduate research experiences in which students work on active research projects side-by-side with faculty and graduate students. With more than 100 students participating every year in positions that are often paid, undergraduates can begin participating in crucial research as early as their freshman year.
  • Senior design Senior Design Project As undergraduate engineering students enter their senior year they embark on a capstone course that integrates and applies their four years of study. The Senior Design Project gives students the opportunity to work together with their peers to analyze a real-world engineering problem, design a viable solution, develop a prototype and present that solution to an engineering community of faculty, peers and industry professionals.