“Engineering problems are under-defined, there are many solutions, good, bad and indifferent. The art is to arrive at a good solution. This is a creative activity, involving imagination, intuition and deliberate choice.” –Ove Arup
Join this hands-on investigation of design, development, construction, and testing of mechanical devices, including robotic tools and solar cars. Each challenge is specifically designed to focus on developing solutions to real world problems and involves complex problem solving, creative innovation, and teamwork. Learn engineering principles and apply them to the creation of functional models, including an unmanned vehicle, a solar-powered machine, a wind turbine, and a hydrogen fuel cell. Collect data on all tests, analyze it, and systematically apply it to the next iteration of your design. Then, present that data in a way that is simple, clear, and useful to your team. Throughout the course, explore the role of engineering in a variety of industries and begin to understand the numerous career opportunities available in aerospace, mechanical, environmental, robotic, and electrical engineering disciplines.
Are you interested in how things work? Do you like building with your hands, experimenting, or tinkering? Engineering is the combination of physics with design, and is ideal for students who can think creatively and divergently in order to solve problems. No previous engineering experience is required for this course.
There are many subdisciplines within the field of engineering, and each opens doors to a variety of career opportunities. The most prominent disciplines include chemical, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering. Career opportunities within these fields are vast and expanding, ranging in application from aerospace to nuclear to telecommunications to fuel refining, and so many others. See what the field may have in store for you.
Cutting-Edge Technologies + Research
In an engineering lab visit, connect with researchers studying new technologies and learn where the field of engineering is headed in the future. Understand why solving global challenges will involve multidisciplinary teams of professionals working together.
Design Thinking, Prototyping + Modeling
Apply principles of the design and engineering process: sketching, modeling techniques, exploring product function, and prototyping.
Use engineering principles to address real world challenges by designing and building a series of models, including an unmanned vehicle, a solar-powered machine, a wind turbine, and a hydrogen fuel cell.
Pamela Silva Diaz is a mechanical engineer with experience in structural analysis of aircraft engines and airframe structures. Diaz served as the Technical Lead in Public Health Engineering in the Puerto Rico hurricane response as part of Oxfam America. In that capacity, Diaz conducted field research, organized water treatment and water testing workshops in conjunction with MIT, and led community orientations regarding post-hurricane public health concerns.
Mike Worley is a Senior Mechanical Engineer at S&S Worldwide, Inc, the world’s leader in thrill rides. The company has designed, engineered, and manufactured over 400 roller-coasters, high-thrill rides, and family amusement rides in more than 30 countries around the globe. Prior to joining S&S Worldwide, Worley was a Chief Engineer at DJH Engineering.
Ellen Roche is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Medical Engineering Science at MIT. Roche’s research has focused on new approaches to cardiac device design. Her lab has strong collaborations with surgeons and interventionists from local hospitals who provide input into the device design process.
Brian Hughes is the Chairman and Director of Research + Development at HBN Shoe, In his role at HBN Shoe, where he and his team leads technological innovation by combining medical science and advanced engineering. Hughes is a co-founder of PTAT System, Inc. which built the first private transatlantic fiber cable linking New York and London. In 1995, he became CEO of the American Rocket Company that developed hybrid rocket technology.
Dr. Marcia Isakson is the principal investigator on two Office of Naval Research Projects at University of Texas at Austin investigating acoustic interactions with ocean sediments and classifying ocean sediments from autonomous underwater vehicles using sonar. She previously served as an officer in the United States Army.
George T. Whitesides (S) is CEO of Virgin Galactic, a firm developing commercial space vehicles. Before Virgin Galactic, he was named Chief of Staff of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration after serving on the NASA transition team for the incoming Obama Administration. He is also the former Executive Director of the National Space Society. George co-founded the global astronomy education program Permission to Dream (PTD) in 2002. A Fulbright Scholar, George received his graduate degree in remote sensing and geographical information systems from Cambridge University, and his undergraduate degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University. He is a licensed private pilot and certified parabolic flight coach.
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