Creating impact beyond the bounds of the Olin campus is an important part of making Engineering for Everyone.
Through our engagement with the wider community, Olin students, faculty, and staff contribute as collaborators, teachers, mentors, and problem-solvers. Working with our partners builds stronger connections between communities and individuals, while also striving to make the world a better place.
ADE is an international, experiential social entrepreneurship and design course that aims to create solutions with people and democratize opportunity.
Olin students’ one-of-a-kind engineering education informs the development of life-changing technologies and social ventures in developing and underserved areas. With community partners, students co-create and test new products and ventures with the goal to reduce burden, expand education, improve health, and generate income.
ADE is now an anchor program in the Weissman Foundry, a new maker space on Babson’s campus right on the edge of Olin’s, with a mandate to engage across Babson, Olin, and Wellesley (BOW) to produce maximum collaboration and impact.
Creating Impact with Curricular Experiences
Olin students and faculty put user-focused design and engineering with purpose into practice as they partner with members of the community to tackle real-world problems. Olin’s community-focused curricular experiences include STEP (Social Technology Enterprise with Purpose) focused on creating impactful wearable technology and Mathematics and Engineering for Everyone focused on developing K-12 STEM curriculum and outreach.
These learning experiences have positive outcomes for both our community partners whose needs are being addressed and Olin students who see their ability to make positive changes in the world.
Opportunities for Foundations and Non-profits
Many of our community partnerships are supported by foundations and non-profits who recognize the value of collaboration and innovation in tackling the world's most pressing societal, educational, and environmental challenges. Connect with us for more information on creating or supporting community-focused courses and projects.