The course instructors are issuing an open call for high-quality client-based or community-driven projects to be solved by first-year Duke University engineering students.
You have the opportunity to support bright students and to benefit from their ideas!
Many engineers at Duke University solve an authentic, client-based design challenge during their freshman year. Through the course, Engineering Design and Communication, students work in multi-disciplinary teams to design and build solutions to these challenges. These projects allow Duke students to discover the importance and relevance of engineering by solving contemporary problems whose solutions benefit clients or society directly. The course is housed in The Engineering Design POD and The Foundry.
Successful Projects Include:
Solvable Without any Specific Disciplinary Engineering Knowledge
Multiple Components, Making it Easy to be Worked on by a Team
The Opportunity for Prototype Design and Iteration
Submit a Proposal
As part of this call we are asking you to submit worthwhile and relevant ideas, problems, or areas of improvement you observe in your career, your company, or daily life. We will work with you to frame the problem to include underlying engineering principles and be tractable for a team of first-year engineering students to complete over the course of one semester.;
"It was so rewarding to work with such a passionate, diverse team of undergraduate students, especially freshmen who are so eager to make hands-on contributions to society."
Projects are funded by Duke University. There is no financial cost as a submitter of ideas or as a project mentor. Project mentors typically spend 10-20 hours working with a student team during the semester.
In summary, teams of first-year engineering students at Duke University are eager to solve authentic, real-world problem faced by you or your company. During the course, first-year students gain early experience in the engineering field, appreciate the relevance of engineering problem solving, and work in a team-based professional environment. You have the opportunity to mentor a team of bright and motivated students for a semester as well as benefit from their ideas and prototype design.
We encourage you to think carefully and then submit a possible project idea.
SUBMIT AN IDEA, SCHEDULE A MEETING OR DISCUSS A PROJECT