Freshman Design Experience

Freshman Design Experience

 

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The design experience for engineering (EGR) students at UAB begins with participation in a Freshman Learning Community that emphasizes team design, technical communications, engineering ethics and safety.  The two-semester freshman sequence, EGR 110/111 Introduction to Engineering, culminates in a design project. Dr. Eberhardt, along with the guest client (typically a physical therapist from the participating institution), present the project by providing a background associated with the users, their physical disabilities, and the environment of the institution.

The students are given one week to brainstorm; then they must present a design proposal complete with a budget. Once the design is approved, the students must order parts, construct the device and finally present their devices at the end of the term.  The clients attend the presentations and “judge” the devices.

We feel strongly that this early exposure to the concept of engineering design of assistive technologies provides an excellent introductory training experience. Future design projects will be centered around the targeted projects in this application, including addressing issues associated with each of the laboratory projects including active video gaming, energy expenditure measurement, universal fitness equipment product design, and information and communication technologies.