Jan 31, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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ME 490 - Senior Design I

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course functions as the proposal-writing phase for the major design experience in the Mechanical Engineering Program. Student design teams are organized and paired with a faculty advisor. A detailed design proposal is prepared. Topics covered in lectures and addressed in the design proposal include the design process, engineering specifications, patents and intellectual property, library research techniques, reliability and safety, design for manufacturability, and project management. (prereq: senior standing)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Have written a detailed design proposal for the major design experience
  • Have researched trade and professional literature, patents, codes, and specifications related to the topic of the design proposal
  • Have made an oral presentation of proposed design efforts to the advisors
  • Have addressed possible societal and environmental impacts of their project

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None, although students are required to select a project for which they have sufficient expertise

Course Topics
  • Team formation and project expectations
  • The design process
  • Work place safety
  • Patents and intellectual property
  • Library research
  • Project management
  • Reliability and safety
  • Design for manufacturability
  • Proposal preparation
  • Professional development

Dr. Mohammad Mahinfalah

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