UM Capstone Design and Manufacturing Experience: Objectives
The overarching educational goal of this experiecne is to give each student an understanding of design principles and to teach him or her how to integrate and apply engineering knowledge obtained at UM toward the design and manufacturing of mechanical systems. Accomplishment of this goal will be measured through the successful completion of an open-ended design project with appropriate checkpoints and corresponding reporting deliverables. At the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Solve an open-ended mechanical engineering design problem including considerations of performance, cost, and societal considerations. The problem must provide opportunities for creative mechanical design, fundamental analysis, and proof-of-concept prototyping. Each student team works on a different project and everyone participates in project proposal development, reporting, and design process.
- Apply a design process appropriate to the engineering problem at hand, including unstructured creativity as part of a structured design problem.
- Generate and evaluate design concepts after gaining a sound understanding of the problem background and existing design concepts.
- Identify a set of design variables and governing equations for the selected design concept that can be utilized to improve the design.