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Project Opportunity: ENGR311B

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ENGR311B – Designing the Professional

Wondering how to weave together what really fits you, is doable, and will be satisfying and meaningful? Have more questions than answers? Have too many ideas for your career, or not enough? This course applies the mindsets and innovation principles of Design Thinking to the "wicked problem" of designing your life and vocation. Students gain awareness and empathy, define areas of life and work on which they want to work, ideate about ways to move forward, try small prototypes, and test their assumptions. The course is highly interactive. It will conclude with creation of 3 versions of the next 5 years and prototype ideas to begin making those futures a reality. The course will include brief readings, writing, reflections, and in-class exercises. Expect to practice ideation and prototyping methodologies, decision making practices and to participate in interactive activities in pairs, trios, and small groups. Seminar open to all graduate students and Postdocs in all 7 schools.

Project time frame:  winter and spring quarters (January through mid-March, April through mid-June)

Proposal timing:  contact Adjunct Professor Bill Burnett

Fee:  $45,000 for one project, typically 2-3 weeks.  This fee applies to academic year 2023-2024 and is subject to change in future years.

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