Providing a Uniform Design Experience in an Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Program

Filippo A. Salustri, Patrick W. Neumann


The design experience of 3rd year undergraduates in Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, and the assessment of student design work, was found to be disjointed and highly variable across the program. To attempt to address this, the authors are constructing courseware to help instructors of non-design engineering courses embed rich and consistent design projects into their courses. A “lightweight” Fast-Design process was
developed. Course-specific design project examples of the process are being developed for five 3rd year courses using his design process. Current versions of all courseware are freely available. This paper details the nature of the courseware and how it was designed, developed, and deployed for the project. To date, one case has been deployed, two developed, and two more are under development. While results are so far only anecdotal, there is reason to believe that our approach can noticeably
improve the design experience of students in nondesign engineering  courses.

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