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Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Prototyping

IWKS 2100

Introduces techniques for collaborative design by interdisciplinary teams: design thinking, problem solving, and rapid prototyping. Teams of students design and implement increasingly complex projects while acquiring essential innovation and problem-solving skills. The course will culminate in a final project chosen by each team.


Digital Creation of Visual Artifacts

IWKS 2300

Introduces the fundamental principles of computer science necessary to create realistic virtual artifacts, and to imbue those artifacts with interesting behavior. Completion of this course will prepare students for more advanced IWKS courses that require programming expertise.

Dr. John Bennett, Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation Initiatives, Inworks

Data Science for Human-Centered Design

IWKS 3200

Introduces techniques for the extraction, analysis and visualization of information sourced from available qualitative and quantitative digital data. Approaches for selecting, evaluating, integrating and synthesizing information into purposeful knowledge to enhance comprehension and analysis, and to support policy and decision processes.


Introduction to Development and Global Health

IWKS 3600

Introduces international development and global public health. Examines the theories, policies,institutions and critiques that have shaped the field. Using case studies, explores practical approaches for the identification, design, planning, monitoring, and evaluation of global health interventions in their broader development context.

Dr. Heather Underwood Assistant Professor, Inworks

Advanced Human-Centered Design

IWKS 4100/5100

Explores design thinking and the user-centered design paradigm from a broad perspective, emphasizing how user research and prototype assessment can be integrated into different phases of the design process. Teams of students develop expertise in the design, development, and critique of solutions to important human problems.


Molecular Biology for Engineers and Computer Scientists

IWKS 4500/5500

Provides a serious introduction to the core elements of molecular biology using in-class lectures and hands-on labs that assumes a quantitative rather than biological background. Motivated student teams can use this course to prepare and receive mentorship for the summer iGEM competition.

Dr. Heather Underwood, Assistant Professor, Inworks

Case Studies in Design

IWKS 4860/5860

Explores why some projects succeed and others fail. Many human-centered interventions fail to meet their designers’ objectives, reflecting the unique challenges associated with matching human need with feasibility. Explores how innovators can increase their chances for success by examining several successful (and unsuccessful) designs.


Construction Engineering and Management

IWKS 4930/IWKS 5930/CVEN 5800

Course participants will gain knowledge about effective creative skills and practices related to design and construction through active learning using state-of-the-art technologies (BIM, 3D printing, extreme engineering etc.). Class-work includes presentations and group activities. Experienced instructors will rotate and share expertise and professional know-how, demonstrating the application of innovative strategies to real-world case-study projects. Course will be organized primarily as a workshop/laboratory to promote directed, hands-on experiential learning.

Caroline M. Clevenger Phd. Associate Professor & Assistant Director, Construction Engineering and Management 

Work Life Practices and Policies

IWKS 4930/IWKS 5930/SOCY 4775

An intensive seminar designed to provide juniors and seniors with practical skills to help them with
their job and internship search while providing an understanding of the context of work. Course
concepts will explore law and policies of employment, dynamics of race and gender in job searching,
and research on careers and negotiation. Through assignments, interviews and in-class activities,
students will network with professionals, create and finalize necessary documents for job applications,
practice presenting themselves professionally, participate in a series of interviews, and identify salary
requirements. Students will gain expertise in labor market and employer research and internet
resources alongside a critical understanding of how individual work experience and opportunities are
shaped by social structures of inequality. Students will leave the course with a personal action
plan – concrete steps to implement in order to move them forward from graduation and enter the
workforce—and the ability to manage professional opportunities and challenges once there.

Jennifer A. Reich Ph.D, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Sarah Trzeciak M.S., Career Center Director