Engineering design processes for ecological engineering applications, including specifications, performance criteria, timelines, and project logistics, principles and practices of working in engineering teams. PREREQS: BEE 469, senior standing or consent of instructor.
The primary objective of the design sequence is to provide students with hands-on experience in solving the kind of complex open-ended design problems they are likely to encounter in ecological engineering, including satisfying legal, economic, social and environmental constraints. Other objectives include providing the students with experience in the real-world application of mathematics, science, engineering economics, ethics and other disciplines related to engineering analysis and design, and a clearer perspective on the value of research in addressing contemporary problems in engineering design. Attainment of oral and written communication to achieve a level commensurate with professional engineering practice will be a fundamental objective.
The primary focus of the design sequence will be an open-ended design project that promotes critical thinking. The project will have four major components:
- Develop a feasible engineering solution to a design problem.
- Perform quantitative evaluation of an engineering project considering ecological, social and economic impacts of the project.
- Assess project sustainability, economic viability and compliance to applicable laws.
- Present the results in oral and written form at a level commensurate with professional practice.