The FIL course offerings continue to expand and adapt to the changing innovation environment. This page has the most up-to-date information about the courses and when they are offered.
Engineering for the Developing World (ENGR 336)
This course presents a framework of engineering design and management techniques that are appropriate for developing markets. It introduces the eight core competencies of frugal innovation through a variety of case studies, which range from alternative energy and low cost diagnostics to mobile applications and micro entrepreneurship. The course also examines the social benefits that design, manufacturing, and business innovation can provide to address various challenges in the developing world.
Mobile Applications and Instrumentation for Emerging Markets (ENGR 338)
This course provides an overview of the technological innovation the mobile revolution is spawning, with an emphasis on applications and instrumentation for underserved communities worldwide. It features guest speakers from technology companies involved in mobile R&D, investigates how markets connect to client needs, and examine how to innovate products and services for these customers and how to tackle complex "life" problems with simple technologies, applications, and business models.
Clean Energy for the Developing World (ENGR 340)
Energy availability in the developing world is key to improving societal education, health, and standards of living. What are the opportunities and constraints of providing energy to these underserved populations? To identify the relevant issues to energy generation, transmission, and storage, students will conduct engineering assessments for off-grid clean energy venture from SCU's Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™) program.
Technology, Innovation & Public Health (PHSC120)
This course investigates how technology and innovation can foster public health goals, particularly in underserved communities globally. Students will also examine development strategies and market-based mechanisms such as social entrepreneurship as channels for improving the health of communities and populations.