ENG 100: Designs in Nature and in Engineering

Course description: Technological innovation is transforming abstract ideas into tangible products/process to meet the needs of society – engineering is the key enabler. In this section of Engineering 100, you will explore the fundamental principles of design that apply across a wide range of engineered products, from bicycles to aircraft and beyond.

You will study designs in nature that combine strength, flexibility and adaptation and explore the application of these characteristics in cutting edge bio-inspired design. You will learn how engineers must design at scale, synthesizing the right materials, optimum components, and efficient systems to create products that meet societal needs.

Your team will begin with a reverse engineering exercise where you will have the opportunity to disassemble a power tool to learn about systems engineering and how various components are designed to meet the demands of performance, cost, safety, and reliability. You will be introduced to methods for selecting appropriate materials, manufacturing processes and designing for ease of manufacturing.

For your final project your team will be competing with other teams to design, build, and test a remote controlled robotic device that can best perform a specified task. The task is move objects (ping-pong balls, coins, rubber-duckies, squish balls) from a landfill zone into one of the goals on the opposite side of the arena.

Each team will be provided with a robotic chassis kit, which can then be modified and built upon to better address the task at hand. Design creativity and project execution are important. Team score and the project grade is based on the type and number of objects transported and the height of the goal in each case.

Design Competition Video

ME 350: Mechanical Design

Shifting Gears (PDF: 95KB)

ME 450: Mechanical Design

Senior Capstone Design Course (PDF: 170KB)

ME 452: Design for Manufacturability

Advanced Materials, Part Consolidation, Novel Applications

ME 551: Advanced Mechanism Design

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