Small Grants for Exploratory Research: Revising the Engineering Curriculum by Using Simulation Models for Engineering Design

Project: Research project

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Today's practicing engineers run their simulation models iteratively to help create product designs, often through ad hoc strategies for multiple runs. It has been observed that: (a) there are efficient strategies for planning multiple simulation runs; (b) many of these techniques are common across all engineering disciplines; and (c) there is a void in the United States engineering curriculum in this area. The objective of this effort is to create a modern course in engineering design, with a focus on the exercise of computer models to improve the performance and manufacturability of device and system designs, not just to analyze existing designs. An interdisciplinary course will provide a common language and approach that will allow engineers from different disciplines to work together more effectively. This will result in better designs for products and systems. This effort represents a unique and innovative mechanism for training engineers in engineering design. Tools of simulation will be combined with a case study approach using extensive industrial collaboration. The modular development of this interdisciplinary course will facilitate its transfer and use by manufacturing engineering programs throughout the country.

Effective start/end date9/1/918/31/93


  • National Science Foundation: $30,000.00


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