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Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering | Resources for Online Students

The Engineering Projects in Community Service program, known as EPICS, is a national award-winning social entrepreneurship program. Teams design, build and deploy systems to solve engineering-based problems for charities, schools and other not-for-profit organizations. Our students aren’t waiting to graduate to make a difference — they are tackling real-world problems today. Now online students can be a part of this amazing program!

EPICS Online: Objective

In order to provide ASU Online students within the Fulton Schools an opportunity to learn outside of traditional coursework in a multidisciplinary setting, the EPICS program is offering an online course that will partner you with a team of your interest in the areas of sustainability, community development, education or health. Online students will be able to work with their team, faculty and industry mentors virtually throughout the semester to build, design and deploy their engineering solutions for a community partner.

Example projects:

  • Phoenix Zoo — Orangutan Art: Create a software program that allows the orangutans at the Phoenix Zoo to play with an interactive art game, encouraging interaction between the guests and the animals.
  • Headcount: Develop a sensor system to accurately count the number of individuals entering or leaving a space to be used by the Fulton Schools Career Fair and other large events with thousands of visitors in attendance.
  • Sustainability sensor: Develop an air-quality sensor and corresponding mobile app that can monitor air quality parameters around forest fires where smoke and particulate matter can travel miles from the site of the burn.

How will it work?

Online EPICS students will enroll in a one-credit online offering of FSE 404. In the first week, students will be matched with existing project teams on the Tempe campus based off of schedules, skillsets and passion. As an active member of the team, you will assess the needs of your community partner, research the scope of the problem, propose engineering solutions, and then design, build and test your solutions until they are ready for deployment. Weekly instructional material through video lectures would cover the basics of human-centered design and teams will work to complete assignments that require documentation for each phase of the design process. You should expect to spend three hours per week working through course content and on your project.

Interested? Email faculty member Jared Schoepf,, if you would like to request an override to enroll in the EPICS online course. We hope to see you this Fall!