The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Engineering Connect RAP will be offered in multiple locations for Fall 2022.

Staff in COE will review all student applications and place them in one particular location based on their responses.

In the Northeast Residential Area
Leach Hall: Seminar topic options:

  • Engineering Health: This class looks at the various ways engineering can be applied to enhance human health. We will explore topics ranging from access to clean drinking water to biomaterials for organ transplants. Throughout the course, we will investigate the social role of engineers and issues in health justice.
  • How To Think Like an Engineer: This course will teach students how to approach problems with an engineering mindset and introduce the basics of computer code. Also, students will be able to dissect an RC car and identify its parts.

Dwight Hall: Seminar topic options:

  • Climate Change and Engineering: Designing for an Uncertain Future: This class will explore the basic science of climate change, as well as the social, political, and ethical consequences of it on a local, national, and global scale. As designers, engineers, and simply humans, how do we properly prepare to handle a problem so large that it transcends anything we have ever encountered in recent human history?
  • Introduction to Internet of Things and Recent Developments:  Students will get to know the evolution of the Internet of Things ,Internet of Things Now , cloud computing as well as the need for edge computing and the quantum Internet of Things. The course will be a series of small activities based upon some of the learned concepts.  

In the Southwest Residential Area:
Kennedy Hall: Seminar topic options:

  • Robotic Technology in Healthcare: This course will go over robotic technology in healthcare, with a special focus on nursing.  We'll briefly cover designing for humans and highlight the interdisciplinary nature of robotics.
  • Women’s Health Device Design: This course is all about students developing design solutions for a medical device to aid a common women's health medical problem. This course will include tutorials on Computer Aided Design (CAD), Additive Manufacturing, and design. The class will provide students with a unique perspective where they will apply basic engineering concepts to a real world problem early on in their university career instead of focusing exclusively on engineering theory. This course also has subtle DEI implications- design is inherently an empathetic process so this class will encourage male engineers to become better allies for their women peers via course content and group discussions.   
  • Climate Readiness: Action Not Anxiety: This course will introduce the topic of climate change by applying a holistic approach to engineering. We will address how engineers create climate models and conduct research. From there, we will focus on dissecting "eco-anxiety", also known as the feeling you get after you read about all the negative impacts that climate change has on our futures. Eco anxiety may be debilitating, leaves many people feeling hopeless about the future of our environment. We will examine how to combat these feelings through action and community engagement. Students will be able to develop a mini-project that helps inspire optimism and hope through an engineered solution. 

Moore Hall: Seminar topic options:

  • Robotic Technology in Healthcare: This course will go over robotic technology in healthcare, with a special focus on nursing.  We'll briefly cover designing for humans and highlight the interdisciplinary nature of robotics.
  • Introduction to Internet of Things and Recent Developments:  Students will get to know the evolution of the Internet of Things ,Internet of Things Now , cloud computing as well as the need for edge computing and the quantum Internet of Things. The course will be a series of small activities based upon some of the learned concepts.  

In the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Area: Sycamore Hall (only for students admitted into CHC): Seminar topic options:

  • Engineering Health: This class looks at the various ways engineering can be applied to enhance human health. We will explore topics ranging from access to clean drinking water to biomaterials for organ transplants. Throughout the course, we will investigate the social role of engineers and issues in health justice.
  • Climate Readiness: Action Not Anxiety: This course will introduce the topic of climate change by applying a holistic approach to engineering. We will address how engineers create climate models and conduct research. From there, we will focus on dissecting "eco-anxiety", also known as the feeling you get after you read about all the negative impacts that climate change has on our futures. Eco anxiety may be debilitating, leaves many people feeling hopeless about the future of our environment. We will examine how to combat these feelings through action and community engagement. Students will be able to develop a mini-project that helps inspire optimism and hope through an engineered solution. 

Engineering Majors