The Shocker Design Experience is an exciting new program in the College of Engineering for first year students of all majors that encompasses the entire first year: students will explore their interests in a fall semester course and take on a meaningful multidisciplinary applied project in the spring semester. Come join our community!

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A Message from Dean Muscat

"The Shocker Design Experience will train you how to lead with curiosity, work in small teams whose members respectfully challenge one another, and put you on the path to using an engineering mindset to develop products that reach all the way to the end user. "



Shocker Design Experience:
Fall FYS + Spring Project

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Fall FYS Course

Step 1 - Enroll in our Fall FYS Course

Take one of our First Year Seminar (FYS) courses to learn about the inventions that made our modern world possible. You'll then experience the innovation process yourself using the design thinking process, a human-centered design method for innovation that focuses on empathy as a way to understand the user and design to meet their needs. The FYS course is a prerequisite for the spring semester applied project. Open to students of all majors!

Enroll in one:

  • FYET 102A Introduction to Technology & Innovation
  • FYET 102B Innovations of World War II
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Spring Applied Project

Step 2 - Enroll in our Spring Applied Project

Continue your work from the fall FYS in your spring semester in the applied project, where your team can transform your ideas into a fully working prototype. We'll coach you on product development, protecting your intellectual property, and giving an elevator pitch to share your new product. Participate in the Koch Innovation Challenge, a fun innovation competition to earn applied experience credit or Engineering+ credit towards graduation. Open to students of all majors!

Enroll in one of the following:

  • ENGR 102B Entrepreneurship & Innovation Applied Project
  • ENGR 102C Service Learning Applied Project
  • (more options to come!)
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Why Join SDX?

This new and unique experience has many benefits for first year students of all majors:

  • You'll belong a community with other first year students around shared interests
  • Faculty and peer mentors will guide you through your first full year at WSU
  • Mini design challenges will help you build your teamwork, communication, and critical thinking skills with fun, hands-on collaborative activities
  • Student success workshops will pique your curiosity as you explore interesting topics and learn new skills to add to your own professional development plan


Faculty Leads

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Associate Engineering Educator

BS and MS in Industrial Engineering from Wichita State University

Contact: samantha.corcoran@wichita.eduP2 Room A126 | (316) 978-6301

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Assistant Engineering Educator & Applied Learning Facilities Manager

Contact: nathan.smith@wichita.eduJBC 243 | (316) 978-7461

Laboratory: John Bardo Center Room 105 | 203 | 327


Contact Us

Ask us questions! We would love the chance to talk with you about our program.