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Introduction to Engineering Design (ENES 100)


Introduction to Engineering Design is a required course for all first - year engineering students. It is the only course in the Clark School that is taken by all engineering students from all desciplines.This course is offered during the fall and spring semesters. We offer a limited number of seats for non-engineering students in ENES100A.

ENES 100 is a project-based course that requires students to work in teams to develop a complex and multidisciplinary product. Students must apply engineering principles, computer software tools, and technical communication skills to meet all of the product performance and project reporting requirements.

The current implementation of ENES 100 requires student teams to design, build, and test a prototype over sand vehicle (OSV) capable of autonomously navigating a course and completing one of several missions. Students learn and apply vehicle mechanics, electronics, programming, computer aided design, and additive manufacturing concepts while designing their OSVs. Students in all sections receive the same set of product specifications and mission requirements on the first day of class and compete in a final design competition on the last day of class. 

A few student comments after completing ENES 100

  • “I learned a LOT from this course, and my teammates and I formed extremely strong bonds”
  • “With a group of people I’ve never met before hand, I was able to increase my knowledge on the basic things I would need to succeed as an engineer. I am very grateful for this course”
  • “The course was very challenging and required a large amount of hard work, but it was a good way to see what engineering is and what is required of a student that wants to become an engineer”