ME122 Engineering Problem Solving

ME120, 121, 122 constitute an introduction to skills, modern tools, teamwork, design methodology and professional practices of typical engineer. In ME122, students learn the design cycle and apply skills acquired in ME120 and ME121 to a group project where they produce a product that addresses a “bug”, or hardware need, in their lives. The group projects are rigorously evaluated based on adherence to requirements and design validation, and are presented alongside the annual senior design capstone expo.

Spring 2015:

Rwanda Problem Statement

Rwanda Forest Biomass Inventory Intro

Design Cycle Presentation

Remote Sensing Introduction

Drone Background Review

Revised Schedule:

WeekDateLectureContentAssignments due
1 3/31 Lect 1 Introduction to Instructor and Term Project, Statics  
4/2 Lect 2 Statics: Newton's Laws, Static Equilibrium for 2D HW 1
2 4/7 Lect 3

Rwanda Biomass Inventory, Air Quality and Water Sampling Problem Statement Presentation

Design Cycle Presentation

Motors, Statics: Moments and Torque

HW 2
4/9 Lect 4

Biomass Inventory Standard Methods Presentation (Katie Fankhauser Slides)

Remote Sensing Slides

Statics: Equilibrium of Non-concurrent force systems (beams)

HW 3

System Group Identification

3 4/14 Lect 5

Guest Lecture on Solidworks by Zdenek Zumr- Class held in EB420. 

HW 4


3 Page summary your system:

Problem Statement


Current Best Practices

Draft System Requirements

Existing Component Technologies

4/16 Lect 6

Guest Lecture by Emily Bedell on Current Practices and Opportunties in Drone Applications

Beta Project Proposal


4 4/21 Lect 7

Group Work Led by Systems Engineering Team

HW 5  
4/23 Lect 8

Requirements Review - 10 minute presentation per group

Design Solutions Brainstorming

Quiz 1

HW 6
5 4/27 Lect 9 Major Component Selection
4/29 Lect 10 Midterm Review

Cardboard Model due

6 5/5 Lect 11 Midterm SolidWorks Model due
5/7 Lect 12 Prototype 1 Presentation Electrical schematic for breadboard
7 5/12 Lect 13 Project work 1st Prototype Due 
5/14 Lect 14 Engineering Economics  
8 5/19 Lect 15 Prototype 2 Presentation 2nd Prototype Due, HW 7
5/21 Lect 16 Feedback on Prototype 2, Project Work  
9 5/26 No class    
5/28 Lect 17 Quiz 2, Prototype 3 Presentation and Work 3rd Prototype Due
10 6/2 Lect 18 Project Work / Expo Preparation  
6/4 Lect 19 FINAL DESIGN DUE Final Presentation
6/5 Expo Freshman Project Presentation / Display