5 Teams, 5 Engineering Challenges, 1 OPEnS Lab
BEE 469/470, taught by Dr. Murthy Ganti, provides students with hands on experience in solving complex engineering design problems they are likely to encounter in Ecological Engineering practice. OPEnS Lab provides the space, tools, and guidance to help make this, and other opportunities like these, possible for our students. OPEnS staff talks students through various design issues, points to resources to get started, and suggestions on circuits, programming, CAD, 3D printing, and laser cutting/etching. Students, however do all of the work and thinking themselves.
The primary focus of the design sequence is an open-ended design project that promotes critical thinking. 5 teams create projects that have four major components:
1. Develop a feasible engineering solution to a design problem.
2. Perform quantitative evaluation of an engineering project considering ecological, social and economic impacts of the project.
3. Assess project sustainability, economic viability and compliance to applicable laws.
4. Present the results in oral and written form at a level commensurate with professional practice.