Human-centered Design

Engineer for the Common Good

Learning experiences built around social impact broaden your perspective and teach you to identify ways that engineers can make a real difference for others. Be part of something bigger than yourself. 

“CHEPS has been instrumental for me in finding my purpose for my professional career.”

Nicholas Zacharek
Industrial and Operations Engineering
Center for Healthcare Engineering & Patient Safety (CHEPS)

Center for Socially Engaged Design (C-SED)

The Center for Socially Engaged Design empowers students and practitioners with perspectives and skills needed to design effective, socially conscious technology interventions. We believe this requires designers to take into account the fullest social, cultural, economic, and environmental contexts of their design process and to analyze how their own biases shape their approach. 

 

Center for Socially Engaged Design (C-SED) website

Talk to a human: c-sed-info@umich.edu  | (734) 764-5298

Semesters Offered/Recommended: Year Round

Financial: No Extra Fees, Funding Available, Paid Experience

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Core Professional Competencies

Experiences in Socially Engaged Design build the professional competencies that employers say they’re looking for, including:

  • Empathy: Learn to understand, appreciate, and value the perspective of others by reasoning from their premises, assumptions, or ideas.
  • Global & Cultural Awareness: Learn to acknowledge, practice, and articulate your own cultural identity to better appreciate, adapt to, and interact with individuals from different backgrounds, values, and cultures.
  • Systems Thinking: Learn to recognize and appreciate complex structures and their interconnectedness within a system while working toward high-level objectives.

If you’re a Michigan Engineering student, use Spire to find out more about how C-SED can foster your professional growth.

Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS)

CHEPS brings together students from many different backgrounds to join teams collaborating to solve real-world problems in healthcare. Visit our project page for examples of the types of projects students at CHEPS have the opportunity to work on. We hire students of all degree levels and majors, which include but are not limited to: engineering, computer science, pre-med, nursing, public health and informatics. 

Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS) website

Talk to a human: cheps-contact@umich.edu | (734) 763-0799

Semesters Offered/Recommended: Year Round

Financial: Paid Experience

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Core Professional Competencies

The Center for Healthcare Engineering & Patient Safety provides experiences that build the professional competencies employers say they’re looking for, including:

  • Leadership: Cultivate an environment that collectively develops a shared purpose and inspires others to work toward it.
  • Systems Thinking: Learn to recognize and appreciate complex structures and their interconnectedness within a system while working toward high level objectives.
  • Teamwork: Join students from many different backgrounds, degree levels and majors in collaborating to solve real-world problems in healthcare.

If you’re a Michigan Engineering student, use Spire to find out more about how CHEPS can foster your professional growth.