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Introduction to Design Laboratory
This facility, used by sophomores enrolled in ME 161 Introduction to Design, provides students the opportunity to begin to apply learned knowledge to actual engineering systems-their first real chance to step into the role of an engineer. Through a hands-on approach, this lab exposes students to basic design processes and methods as well as the integration of such knowledge into the production process.
ME 161 requires students to devise and build a product to meet specifications set by the professor. In designing their projects, students also learn to use Unigraphics, a computer-aided solid modeling package. This design and manufacturing challenge immerses the students in the entire engineering process. They develop a firm grasp of important engineering fundamentals even though they have limited exposure to engineering science.