EDSGN 100 Introduction to Engineering Design

SUMMER 2017 (June 28 - August 09)

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Course professor:

Xinli Wu, Ph.D., P.E.



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Office hours & location:

11:15 AM - 12:05 PM, Tuesday, 
and/or by appointments, 213-S Hammond Building

Teaching Assistants:   Chris Trianosky and Michael Gillett

Course overview and objectives:

This is a design-driven course with emphasis placed on skills such as: team-working, communication skills (graphical, oral, and written), and computer-aided design and analysis tools. The course will introduce students to the engineering approach to problem solving with strong references to basic science and math skills, as well as testing and evaluating design ideas by building prototypes. The design projects are the total of at least 30 hours of in-class work (one third of the course). Two design projects will be assigned during the semester. The design projects will require the students to work in a team. The course grade for the students will reflect their abilities to function effectively as team players.

Skills acquired by students during the course:


Solid Modeling/CAD, EXCEL (spreadsheet), PowerPoint (multimedia presentation)

Internet Skills:

Designing and publishing a basic webpage


Sketching, orthographic projections, multiview drawings, scales, dimensioning, isometric pictorial, oblique pictorial, sections, working drawings

Lab Skills:

experimental methods, data acquisition & analysis, prototype building & testing

Design Methods:

customer needs assessment, concept generation, design selection matrices, design for assembly- disassembly, safety, cost effectiveness, teamwork, and other constraints as need by the project

Course inquiries: Xinli Wu, Ph.D., P.E.,
Last revised in June 28, 2017