Introductory Engineering Courses

Offered in Fall 2018

EN-0001: Music & Art of Engineering (Jeff Hopwood, ECE)
E+ MW  10:30 ‐ 11:45 a.m. | Halligan Hall, Room 225 (EE Lab) | Max enrollment = 25
Physics of sound, audio engineering, and electronic music synthesis. Pitch, tone, filters, distortion, noise, amplification, sampling, and digital filtering. Introduction to electronic components, oscilloscopes, function generators, and electrical diagnostics. Introduction to MATLAB as a computation tool for engineering problems with examples focused on the digital synthesis of sound. The final design project may combine both hardware and software approaches to music synthesis. Discussion of engineering ethics in the context of audio electronics and digital music. Overview of the engineering roadmap and the electrical and computer engineering curricula.

EN-0001: Introduction to Renewable Energy (Thomas Vandervelde, ECE)
E+ MW  10:30 - 11:45 a.m. | Halligan Hall, Room 111A | Max enrollment = 45
We will examine renewable energy generation technologies with a critical eye; including, the examination of the way the media portrays energy technologies.  While going off the grid sounds like a great idea, it is a complex problem to be solved.  Solar and wind energy sources require a lot of land; additionally, they are not constant with time, and efficient energy storage technology does not exist.  We will explore the renewable energy technology of today as well as future prospects.  We will look at the natural resource requirements of energy systems as well as their environmental and economic impacts.   Labs will give the student a hands-on sense for the energy generation process and its complexity.

EN-0001: Introduction to Computational Design (Soha Hassoun, CS)
G+ MW  1:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Halligan Hall, Room 108 | Max enrollment = 25
Lab: I+ M 3 - 4:15 p.m. | Halligan Hall, Room 223 | Max enrollment = 25
With the availability of increased computing power, many engineering disciplines now rely on utilizing computation to explore different design options.  We will learn how that is done -- how to model a problem with math, and how to use computers to optimize a product using that model.  We'll optimize all sorts of products from different disciplines, and finally make soft-bodied robot caterpillars crawl as fast as possible (or faster!). We will learn to program in MATLAB, and then use it to learn fundamental concepts such as a solution space, design-decision variables, constraints, optimal points within the design space and searching a design space using efficient algorithms.

EN-0001: Simple Robotics (Ethan Danahy, CS)
I+ MW  3 – 4:15 p.m. | Anderson Wing SEC, Room 208 | Max enrollment = 25
Lab: Fridays  3 - 4:15 p.m. | Anderson 208 | Max enrollment = 25
Introduction to robot construction, programming, computer vision, event based programming, artificial intelligence, and elementary controls. Basic principles of robotics for students with minimal or no prior programming/building background. In‐class competition‐based laboratories and hands‐on group projects using the LEGO MINDSTORMS platform.

EN-0001: Design of the Built Environment (Daniel Kuchma, CEE)
G+ MW  1:30 – 2:45 p.m. | Anderson Wing SEC, Room 306 | Max enrollment = 25
In order to design safe and sustainable structures, engineers require a conceptual understanding of physical phenomena in mechanics, materials, and form. In this context, a structure is any solid such as a building, bridge, bike, or cell phone. This course will provide students with observational experiences and hands-on activities that give them a conceptual understanding of key engineering principles. Case studies will be used to present how these principles have been applied to the design of the Pantheon, Sagrada Familia, Burj Khalifa, and other structures of interest to the class.  The class will also cover how engineers can learn from the world’s best structures, which are those that nature optimized.

EN-0001: Bringing Innovation to Engineering for Biomedical Sciences 
Section 1: T+ TThu  9 - 10:15 a.m. | Sci-Tech Center, Room 134 | Max enrollment = 35 (David Kaplan, BME and Fiorenzo Omenetto, BME)
The course focuses on current topics in biomedical engineering related to the discipline, perspectives on technology impact in society, and concepts and problem solving teamwork by the students. The goal is to utilize big picture themes to gain insight into the current state of technology related to human health and well-being in the future. Primary goals are 1) to expose students to science and technology involved in the field of biomedical engineering, 2) to look into the future with problem solving and impact on human health and society; and 3) to work in teams to challenge limitations and future opportunities empowered by the field of biomedical engineering

EN-0001: Engineering in Crises (Daniele Lantagne, CEE and Laurie Baise, CEE)
G+ MW  1:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Anderson Wing SEC, Room 312 | Max enrollment = 25
Through the use of four emergency case-examples (e.g. Haiti cholera outbreak, Hurricane Sandy, Japanese Tsunami, and Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill) students will explore the interdisciplinary linkages between environmental health, structural engineering and mechanics, geosystems engineering, and environmental and water resources engineering. Each case-example will include individual work and culminate in a hands-on group project.

EN-0001: Civil Infrastructure (Chris Swan, CEE)
K+ MW  4:30 ‐ 5:45 p.m. | Anderson Wing SEC, Room 306 | Max enrollment = 25
An introduction to civil infrastructure with a focus on its transportation, water, energy and waste management components.  Both technical and professional aspects of these components will be explored.  In addition, elements of the Lean Start-up process; specifically, customer discovery and value proposition development/validation, will be used to explore how innovations in civil infrastructure can be developed and implemented.  The ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ may provide a more effective alternative in conceptualizing infrastructure (re)development.  Though technical content and entrepreneurship are emphasized, the course also explores ethical issues and broader impacts of civil infrastructure that often require a more holistic undertaking in engineering problem solving: i.e., the integration of various technical, social/cultural, economic and political aspects to find acceptable and appropriate solutions.

EN-0001: Biomechanics (Hoda Koushyar, ME)
J+ TTh  3 ‐ 4:15 p.m. | Anderson Wing SEC, Room 306 | Max enrollment = 25
We first start with an introduction to the skeletal and muscular anatomy and mechanics of human body to get a better understanding of how body performs activities of daily living. We overview instruments and techniques to evaluate body’s performance such as muscle strength, reaction time, balance and motion. We also discuss a few applications of Biomechanics in sports, rehabilitation, and design of assistive devices. There will be in-class hands-on experiments to measure muscle strength, muscle fatigue, and balance. A Final group project will also be assigned which involves capturing body’s motion during walking and performing simple gait analysis. The course also overviews engineering roadmap and ethics.

EN-0001: Climate Change Engineering (John Durant, CEE)
K+ MW  3 ‐ 4:15 p.m. | Anderson Wing SEC, Room 312 | Max enrollment = 25
Climate change is one the great environmental challenges of our times. The central question is this: can we slow the rate of climate change enough to give emerging solutions a chance to be effective? This course examines the role of engineering and technology in both contributing to and mitigating climate change and its effects. Coverage will be given to fossil fuel combustion, energy consumption, greenhouse gas generation and accumulation in the atmosphere, alternative fuels, energy efficiency, carbon sequestration, climate geoengineering, sea level rise, coastal armoring and retreating as well as other topics. The goal of this course is to introduce the process of engineering design as applied to climate change – from problem definition to consideration of alternative solutions to the design and implementation of specific technologies. Broad exposure is given to the interdisciplinary nature of the problem and potential engineering solutions. Laboratories include corn ethanol production, solar panel efficiency, windfarm siting analysis in GIS, and droning. Project-based learning is emphasized.