ENGR 450 - Multidisc Design
Section: 881
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Engineering (ENGR)
Department: CoE Undergraduate Education
4 (Non-LSA credit).
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Course Goals: To provide a capstone multidisciplinary design experience for undergraduates. The course involves mentors and guest lectures from various departments, industry, and NASA laboratories. Students participate from the conception to the completion of innovative engineering projects.

Course Structure: Lectures are structured around the modern design process common to all engineering disciplines. In particular, we emphasize the importance of clear and well thought conceptual ideas in the earliest phases of the design process. We focus on the development and capture of requirements, analysis, synthesis of solutions and trades. Lectures, discussions, and laboratory sessions are structured around the following themes:

  1. Problem definition: definition of the engineering problem.
  2. Requirements: quantitative definition of the project requirements.
  3. Concept generation: collection and categorization of a large number of conceptual designs to solve the engineering problem.
  4. Concept evaluation: quantitative evaluation of each conceptual design.
  5. Convergence: reduction of the number of conceptual designs by merging the best ideas of selected designs.
  6. Concept selection: identification of the best conceptual designs for detailed design and analysis.
  7. Detailed design and trades: analysis of the best concepts using quantitative methods.
  8. Alpha prototype fabrication: system prototyping and demonstration of critical concepts.
  9. Alpha prototype evaluation: evaluation of the design based on “Figure of Merit” derived from the project requirements.
  10. Re-design: identification of opportunities to improve the performance of the project.
  11. Beta prototype fabrication: focus on system level integration.
  12. Beta prototype evaluation: evaluation of system level performance.
  13. Project wrap-up/transition: documentation of the design in detail for use by future student teams.

ENGR 450 - Multidisc Design
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:30PM - 3:30PM
881 (LEC)
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