IEFX Electives

IEFX Electives are exploratory, hands-on interdisciplinary courses for freshmen.
IEFX courses are 11-week, 1-2 credit hour elective classes that begin shortly after the beginning of the semester (week 6 through end of semester).

ENG 198   Inspiring, Interacting and Informing – The Secret Weapons of an Engineering Leader (1 credit)

Engineering leaders need to be technically proficient and knowledgeable. But the greatest leaders in engineering possess more than technical expertise to turn their ambitions and aspirations into reality. They display emotional intelligence, curiosity, a collaborative spirit, and a dedication to communicating their objectives and opinions clearly and concisely. This course will focus on building leadership skills through practice and peer-evaluation in a friendly, constructive atmosphere. Particular attention will be given to written and spoken communications, constructive dispute resolution, personal initiative, and entrepreneurial development for students who see themselves as future leaders of student organizations here at Illinois and in the workplace.

ENG 198   Introduction to Sustainability (2 credits)

In this course, we will learn about issues related to sustainability and sustainable practice, both in engineering and in our personal lives. You will apply these sustainability practices to an engineering process or product.

ENG 198   IEFX Research (2 credits)

Are you interested in learning more about research in engineering at Illinois? In this course you will develop a research proposal based on your own interests, and learn how to communicate about it effectively. You will become familiar with the resources and opportunities on campus for conducting research — including labs, libraries, the research park, and interdisciplinary organizations.

ENG 198  Grand Challenges (1 credit)

Work on the National Academy of Engineering “Grand Challenges.”  This course gives you the opportunity to join a cohort with similar interests and identify what you want to learn about a topic of global importance. We believe that if you choose a significant topic and design your own instruction, then you will learn deeply and well. You will work with people of similar interest and will be under the guidance of faculty and advanced students.

ENG 198   Personal Mobility Innovations (2 credits)

This course is offered as a collaboration between The Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS) and the Illinois Engineering First-Year Experience (IEFX). In this class you will have a multi-disciplinary, hands-on, experiential learning experience where you will enhance your project development skills, project management skills, engineering design skills, and communication skills. The focus of this course will be to understand the current state of personal mobility and to envision and to create a future of what can be.

ENG 198   IEFX Projects (2 credits)

Reinforcing the fundamental concepts introduced in ENG 100, you will work in small teams on real engineering projects led by experienced Engineering Learning Assistants. You learn problem-solving strategies and build skills in group formation, project management, communication, and teamwork. The subject of the projects will help you explore your interests and aspirations. Projects may be of your own creation or chosen from an instructor prepared list.

ENG 198   Renaissance Engineer (1 credit)

Are you someone who likes to connect different fields (e.g., art, science, design, or history)? Based on the premise that broadly interdisciplinary knowledge promotes creativity, this course allows you to explore wide-ranging topics and then connect your new learning to engineering and the solving of global problems. You will study a few preliminary topics to help establish a renaissance mindset, and then you will study one topic of your own choosing in depth. You will create a plan to continue your development as a renaissance engineer.

ENG 198   Strategies for International Development (2 credits)

This course will introduce students to a community based approach to international development in engineering projects.  Through case studies, interactive projects, and hands-on workshops, students will learn the fundamentals of development work and technical skills that will guide them in future project work.