ENGS 89: Engineering Design Methodology and Project Initiation

This course explores elements of the engineering design process as a means of enhancing student ability in problem definition, development and evaluation of creative alternatives, application and methods of technical and economic analysis, identification and application of ethical and legal constraints, and effective presentation of technical information. Design projects are developed from specifications submitted by industry and other organizations and are pursued over the course of two quarters as a team project (ENGS 89/90). Written and oral proposals and progress reports are required for the design project during the term. A project advisor is required for each design team to serve as a consultant to the team's efforts. ENGS 89 is the first unit of a two-term course sequence (ENGS 89/90) that must be taken consecutively.

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Eye Opener
Students Create Eye-Socket Implant
Reduced Gravity
Sterilizing Medical Equipment
Student Presentation
La Jolla Shores Storm Water Control
Design and Construction of Flight Data Recorder
Polar Robot Wheels
Infinite Rotation Bevel and Robotic Torch Head
Rwanda Pico-Hydro Generator
Electrawatch—Mechanical Coating Health Monitor Enclosure Redesign
Groundwater Arsenic Removal
Three-Wheeled Motorcycle
Solar Greenhouse


Arsenic Removal System: Students devised an inexpensive drinking water arsenic removal system for rural Nepal.

Fusing Medicine with Engineering: Alex Knapp '10, Jeff Spielberg '10, and Adam Strom '10 worked together on a full-featured blood pressure and atrial fibrillation detection system that is compatible with a telemedical health care setting for their final project. The device was conceptualized by Dr. Dan Carlin, founder of WorldClinic, who submitted a proposal to Thayer School's Bachelor of Engineering program. Dartmouth's President Kim was the first "patient" to test the device with the students.