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Deborah Hagen-Lukens
ENGR 498
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Engineering

Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

Unique interdisciplinary course designed for both graduate and undergraduate students focuses on exploring opportunities to address our most pressing environmental challenges through innovation with market potential. Weekly speakers/panels include top national, international and local experts in science, technology, engineering and cleantech. Topics include the entrepreneurial business case for climate capitalism; alternative fuels and transportation innovations; green buildings and green neighborhoods; the grid and renewable energy; and sustainable agriculture. Students will form teams, identify an environmental problem and possible opportunity to solve it. Interested teams are invited to continue developing their ideas post-class and enter the Spring UW Environmental Innovation Challenge.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Course text will be: The Way Out: Kick-starting Capitalism to Save Our Economic Ass by L. Hunter Lovins and Boyd Cohen.

All graduate level students should register for the Environmental Innovation Practicum with the ENTRE 543 course number.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Deborah Hagen-Lukens
Date: 05/24/2013