The goal of this seminar is to introduce freshmen to
the design process of an engineering project.
The seminar will consist of a series of lectures. The first
part of each lecture will focus on the different design aspects
of an engineering project, including formation of the design team,
developing a project statement, generating design ideas and
specifications, finalizing the design, and reporting the outcome.
Students will form teams to follow these procedures in designing
a term project of their choice over the quarter. The second part
of each lecture will consist of outside speakers, including
founders and leaders of some of the top companies in Silicon Valley,
who will share their experiences about engineering design. An on-site
visit to both Medtronics (medtronics.com) and Facebook (facebook.com) will also be part of the course.
The seminar serves three purposes: (1) it introduces students
to the design process of turning an idea into a final design, (2)
it presents the different functions that people play in a project, and
(3) it gives students a chance to consider what role in a project would be best suited to their interests and skills.
Basic Course Information
Class Time and Location:
W 3:15-5:30, 107 Littlefield .
Andrea Goldsmith, Packard 371, andrea@ee, 5-6932.
Office Hours: T 5:30-6:30pm and by appointment.
Administrator: Pat Oshiro, poshiro@stanford,
365 Packard, 3-3164.
My T. Le, firstname.lastname@example.org, 650 224 1352, OHs: by appointment.
Required Textbook: Engineering Design, A Project-Based Introduction, 3rd Editiion by Clive Dym and Patrick Little.
Grading: Class Participation: 20%, Assignments: 20%, Project (Project assignments, final report and presentation.
Course Information and Syllabus (updated 2/5)
Assignments and Deadlines (Required Reading, Project-Based Assignments, Writing Assignments, updated 2/1).
Your first writing assignment is due Feb. 12.