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EDSGN 100H - Introduction to Engineering Design, honors


Introduction to engineering design through team-oriented design projects supported by commu- nication skills: graphical, verbal, written.

You will have a basic awareness of the engineering design process and an appreciation for the science and art that engineers wield. You will learn some of the tools and techniques that can fa- cilitate successful completion execution of the process, enabling you to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. After working through a smaller, guided project, you and your team will successfully complete an industry-sponsored design project. These experiences will provide the setting for the development of team-related and communication skills. Ultimately, you will leave EDSGN100H confident and excited--ready to embark on your journey to becoming and engineer. Because this is an honors course we do things differently. You will work harder and in more interesting ways. The class will also be more rewarding. There will be significant discussion, writing, and global design elements to the course. You will also have to show lots of initiative.

ME 340 - Mechanical Engineering Design Methodology


The product design process; Development of design problem definitions by evaluating customer inputs, technology, and competitive products; Generation of conceptual design using structured and unstructured approaches; Evaluation of concepts using engineering modeling and decision matrices; Product detail design including design for manufacturability and profitability; Effective communication: oral, written, and graphical.

The best way to learn design is by doing it. Hands-on activities will be the primary instructional tool of this course. Most of the work will be team and project oriented. The first several weeks consist of applications that illustrate the important issues in the design cycle. The last half of the semester will be devoted to a significant design activity, culminating in a design competition. The output of the design activity will be several written reports and a functioning hardware system. The final project will provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your proficiency with the concepts learned in this course.

ME 440 - Mechanical Systems Design (Capstone)


Students develop skills and techniques for managing and executing engineering design projects. These skills are applied to an industry-sponsored project. Project teams perform all facets of product and process design. This includes problem identification, planning of the project, formulation of design specifications, development and evaluation of alternative conceptual designs, development of detailed designs, specification of manufacturing processes, prototyping of manufacturing processes and parts, and analysis and documentation of results. Students will travel to industrial sites to gain an understanding of existing processes and problems and to assess the customer's needs.

ARCH / EDSGN 497 - X-Disciplinary Creativity


Taught in a studio learning environment, students from engineering, business, art, computation, and architecture backgrounds work together to design and develop Innovative Smart Products. Teams are cross disciplinary in nature and consider all aspects of the design, creation, fabrication, and marketing of innovative products.

The course also includes guest lecturers from various disciplines and field trips to noteworthy installations.

ARCH / EDSGN 497 is co-taught with Dave Celento, RA, of Architecture. Dave is a licensed architect interested in digital fabrication technologies and architecture as a product.

EDSGN / IE / ME 547 - Design for Human Variability


The use of statistics, optimization, and robust design methodologies in the design of products and environments that are robust to the variability in users. This includes the development of modeling strategies that incorporate an understanding of variability in human size, capability, and preference. The material is presented through a variety of hands-on activities including design projects. Current and best industrial practices are also be presented.

While this is a graduate-level course, advanced undergraduates are encouraged to take the course. It would be helpful to have a background in statistics and some experience with optimization and CAD. If you have any concerns, contact me.

ME 4263 - Fundamentals of International Product Development


This course is taught each summer at the National University of Singapore. Students from NUS, Penn State, and Brigham Young University learn advanced product development practices in a global context. Singapore houses the design offices for many companies in Europe and Asia. As a result, students are able to complement their in-class activities with educational field trips. The culmination of the class is a team-based design-build-test project.

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