Introductory Engineering Courses

Offered in Fall 2017

EN-0001: Music & Art of Engineering (Jeff Hopwood, ECE)
E+ MW  10:30 ‐ 11:45 a.m. Halligan Hall, 225-Eel 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)
D+ TTh  10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Halligan Hall, Room 108  max enrollment = 40
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  1:30PM - 2:45 p.m. Halligan Hall, Room 108  max enrollment = 20
LA lab: I+ M 3 - 4:15 p.m., Halligan Hall, 122 Comp Lab max enrollment = 20
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.  Bromfield Pearson, Room 101 max enrollment = 25
I   F  3-4:20PM  Anderson Wing, Room 208
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, 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: Introduction to Nanobiotechnology (Xiaocheng Jiang, BME)
BC TTh  9 - 10:20 a.m.  Sci-Tech Center, Room 134  max enrollment = 20
Nanoscience and nanotechnology. Properties of nanomaterials and their role in the design of novel devices to facilitate medical diagnostics, monitoring and treatment. Preparation, characterization, and applications of nanomaterials in biomedical areas, including imaging, biosensors, and therapy. Laboratory components will provide hands‐on experience on the material preparation and characterization.

EN-0001: How to Make Stuff (Brandon Stafford, ME)
J+ TTh  3:00 - 4:15  p.m.  Bray Lab Room 112  max enrollment = 20
Hands-on introduction to engineering fabrication. Project-based survey of prototyping and manufacturing methods, including laser cutting, 3D printing, and other modern CNC techniques, as well as methods from the molding, metalworking, and woodworking traditions. Tactical sorties into the realm of microcontrollers and embedded webservers, with an emphasis on open source hardware platforms.

EN-0001: Engineering in Crises (Daniele Lantagne, CEE, Laurie Baise, CEE)
G+ MW  1:30 - 2:45 p.m.  Anderson Wing, Room 312 max enrollment = 30
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: Foundations of Design: Methods of Making (Darryl Williams, ChBE, Jennaca Davies, SMFA)
1 T  8:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Braker Hall, Room 118  max enrollment = 25
In this course, students will be asked to complete a series of art and design studies using biomimicry as inspiration that address topics such as form and volume, movement and mechanisms, line and space, modulation and repetition, and analysis of biologic forms. Material investigation and hands-on fabrication techniques such as model making, wire construction, and folding and forming with paper will be taught in combination with visual lectures, technique demonstrations, group discussions, critical analysis, and readings that cover and variety of current interdisciplinary design and art topics. Students will be expected to use design thinking techniques to solve problems and employ imaginative reasoning to develop a series of solutions to given design exercises. The class will culminate in a final engineering and design project that reinforces the collection of skills and methods taught throughout the semester.

EN-0001: Civil Infrastructure, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Chris Swan, CEE)
L+ TTh  4:30 ‐ 5:45 p.m.   Anderson Hall, 206   max enrollment = 24
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.