MAE 2250 is a course that focuses on product design and engineering. You will experience a comprehensive “Product Realization” process to meet customers’ needs, including considerations of performance, cost, manufacturing, marketing, etc. You will interact with others and apply design methodology. These design experiences will simulate real-world engineering practices and include system/project approaches, teamwork, and graphic and oral communication.
Design has no unique path of progression or definitive ‘rules’ – each design task may follow different methods of approaching the problem. You will learn the values and priorities that help you create and select solutions that meet customer specifications. You will cultivate an ability to work with teammates and to function in a project having ‘fuzzy’ objectives. Design education is challenged by a relative lack of rigor, a wide-ranging technical content and personal preferences of individual designers, but offers many opportunities for creativity and innovation.
- This course is intended to:
- Stimulate original thinking and creativity;
- Integrate engineering knowledge with personal experience in multi-disciplinary applications;
- Foster an understanding of the unstructured nature of design;
- Provide practice in problem definition and solution synthesis;
- Provide training in graphical thinking and communication;
- Introduce fabrication methods necessary for practical implementation of designs;
- Introduce critical economic evaluation of design concepts.