UM Capstone Design and Manufacturing Experience: Outcomes
When this experience is completed, you should be able to achieve the following:
- Given a qualitative and open-ended "real-world" engineering design problem, suggest a solution based on quantitative analysis.
- Learn to work effectively in engineering teams to resolve conflict and meet quantitative engineering objectives established during the project. Learn to communicate effectively with peers, project sponsors, advisors, and/or mentors.
- Learn to consider unstructured creativity as a natural part of a structured design process, and to systematically generate concepts using methods such as brainstorming and decomposition.
- Learn to make good assumptions and exercise sound judgment in solving open-ended problems.
- Manage and plan large design projects using time management tools, and be able to handle uncertain and incomplete information effectively to meet project goals.
- Learn to clearly request and exchange quantitative information, and to communicate project results, to audiences of varying expertise levels.
- Learn patent and literature search methods, benchmarking, and other general forms of background independent learning.
- Integrate past course material to advance basic system concepts to a prototyping level, providing support for all design decisions by defensible engineering analysis and reasoning.