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Open Ended Design

Open Ended DesignOpen Ended Design 2

One of the most unique aspects of this course is that it allows first-year students to develop their own open-ended design project under the guidance of their learning center instructor. Teams for this project are formed around student’s mutual interests for a certain project or engineering discipline. The teams can propose their own project idea or select a project proposed by faculty within the College of Engineering, local community partners (i.e., ETHOS Innovation Center), or other partner organizations (i.e., General Electric). The teams work together over the course of the semester to: (i) identify the scope of the project, (ii) develop a mathematical model that represents how the system is expected to perform, (iii) design and write the necessary computer code using MATLAB, and (iv) build, test, and demonstrate their working system. Student teams that decide to construct a physical model of their system are provided a $100 budget by the College of Engineering and receive construction assistance through the Notre Dame Design Deck. Finally, the teams present their projects to their instructors and peers. The best projects are invited to come back prior to the start of the next school year to demonstrate their systems during Welcome Weekend for incoming students and parents.

One of the most unique aspects of this course is that it allows first-year students to develop their own open-ended design project under the guidance of their learning center instructor. Teams for this project are formed around student’s mutual interests for a certain project or engineering discipline, and they work together over the course of the semester to: select a project of their choosing, develop a mathematical model that represents how the system is expected to perform, design a Graphical User Interface (GUI) using MATLAB programming skills, build, test, and demonstrate their working system. Student teams are given a $100 budget for which the College will purchase items needed for the project (they even go on a course sponsored shopping trip to Lowe’s). Finally the projects are demonstrated for their instructors and peers, and depicted in a poster session that is open to the entire engineering community. The best projects are invited to come back prior to the start of the next school year to demonstrate their systems during freshman orientation for incoming students and parents.

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