Our Engineering Design sequence comprises of four courses that begin in the freshman year and end with a two-semester sequence capstone project. In the capstone classes, students spend time attached with industries to discover real needs as well as get a strong understanding of the customer requirements. Interdisciplinary teams (or companies!) of engineering technology and business entrepreneurship then work to solve the need through the design-build-test model, creating and testing numerous prototypes. Students learn the industry design processes, workflows, and must research their projects to comply with standards and answer societal needs. Student teams are encouraged to participate in the Shocker New Venture competition where students can earn their Entrepreneurship credit.
Projects have a wide focus, from sustainability, to industrial systems to automation. Our design sequence focusses on adding broader entrepreneurial mindsets to the skills students have already developed.