Principles of Engineering Practice

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Modern society incorporates new technologies in energy production, bioengineering, communications, transportation, and infrastructure. (Image by Lionel Kimerling. Used with permission.)


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Spring 2010



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This class introduces students to the interdisciplinary nature of 21st-century engineering projects with three threads of learning: a technical toolkit, a social science toolkit, and a methodology for problem-based learning. Students encounter the social, political, economic, and technological challenges of engineering practice by participating in real engineering projects with faculty and industry; this semester's major project focuses on the engineering and economics of solar cells. Student teams will create prototypes and mixed media reports with exercises in project planning, analysis, design, optimization, demonstration, reporting and team building.

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Lionel Kimerling. 3.003 Principles of Engineering Practice. Spring 2010. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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