June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Design in Engineering Education
22.331.1 - 22.331.9
Closing the Design Loop in Freshman EngineeringTeaching engineering design and graphics to a freshman class presents the challengeof balancing prescribed lessons vs. open ended questions. Given that few studentshave experience with the design process, and fewer still have formalized designs usingCAD software, the teaching process is often one of demonstration. Given timeconstraints there is rarely time to visit the topics of veriﬁcation or the practice of designiteration. We present a model for teaching freshmen design that incorporatesdocumenting the idea, formalizing the design, and model simulation for veriﬁcation andimprovement. Most courses of this type, especially at the freshmen level, focusprimarily on the ﬁrst two elements. Using a common symbolic modelling andvisualization software package, students import their CAD model designs for testing andimmediate veriﬁcation. This closing of the design loop makes the material moreengaging for students of all disciplines and allows the instructor to go much further inthe design discussion. Student work and feedback will be presented along withsuggestions of how this process could apply to other engineering courses.
Doyle, T. E., & Smith, S., & Ieta, A. (2011, June), Closing the Design Loop in Freshman Engineering Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17612
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