Class overview

Introduction to engineering and the design process, engineering drawing, sketching, back of the envelope calculations


Basic design analysis

Free body diagrams, Newton’s laws


Electronics and water: two great tastes that don’t taste so great together…

Exploration with instrumentation

4 Hydrostatics, pressure and water proofing  
5 Holiday - no lecture Lab notebook review 1
6 Design brainstorming, project ideas, Solidworks repository development  

Motors and electronics

Guest lecturer: Prof. Steven Leeb, MIT Electrical Engineering & Computer Science


Design analysis, error estimation, data presentation

Propulsion: power vs. thrust and efficiency

9 Engineering ethics and using your best judgment

Ethics position paper due

Lab notebook review 2


Communicating engineering design

Promoting your ideas/inventions


Exploration on the Moon: mission planning for EVA and geology, part 1

Guest lecturer: Prof. Dava Newman, MIT Aeronautics & Astronautics

Solidworks parts due

Exploration adventure part 2

Guest lecturer: Prof. Dava Newman, MIT Aeronautics & Astronautics

13 Student presentations: in-class design review

Parts list due

Oral team presentations

14 Design iterations, recalculations  
15 Cool robots and bomb disposal

Technical report 1 due

Lab notebook review 3

16 Bio-robots, gecko feet, and cool stuff!  
17 Engineering and society  
18 Guest lecture  
19 Pool testing at the Z-Center

Engineering problem review paper due

Lab notebook review 4

20 Engineering at MIT: choice of majors  
21 No class, optional Boston Harbor Day trip + lunch  
22 Guest lecturer: Prof. Steve Dubowsky, MIT Mechanical Engineering, mobile robots  
23 Guest lecturer: Prof. Sangbae Kim, MIT Mechanical Engineering, bioinspired design Lab notebook review 5
24 Engineering after MIT: grad school, consulting, FE exam, professional engineers certification, internships  
25 Guest lecturer: Dr. Sheri White, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, underwater exploration Technical report 2 due
26 Guest lecturer: Prof. Jeff Hoffman, MIT Aeronautics & Astronautics, aerospace engineering design Final poster due
27 Final student poster presentations Turn in lab notebooks
28 Lab clean up, evaluations  

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2009
Learning Resource Types
Image Gallery
Lecture Notes
Projects with Examples
Design Assignments with Examples
Presentation Assignments
Written Assignments