Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering Design

Project: Design and build a remotely-controlled robot

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 learn how to design simple mechanical systems (mechanisms) for creating mechanized solutions. You will be introduced to methods for selecting appropriate materials, structural shapes, and manufacturing processes. You will also study designs in nature, bio-inspired engineering designs. You will also learn basics of CAD, fabrication, and motor controls. Your team will 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.

Design/Build/Test Project:

In a semester-long project, students work in teams of four to design and build a remotely-controlled robot that transports objects of various sizes and shapes from a landfill into goals set at different heights – all culminating in an exciting design competition.

Technology and Society:

Another important facet of this course is Technical Communications. For this, students are encouraged to think broadly and critically about the impact of technology on society. More specifically, we will focus on both positive and negative impact of automation on society in terms of energy, economy, and environment. Each team will identify a suitable topic related to automation, perform independent research, interview various stakeholders, and make a final presentation. Topics may include but not limited to automation in manufacturing, assembly, warehousing, transportation, agriculture, healthcare, retail and other services industries.

Class Activities and Projects