Developing design skills in an introductory mechanics of solids course

Edward M. Segal, Sigrid Adriaenssens

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One challenge architectural and civil engineering departments face while preparing their students for the global workforce is including design projects that tackle real world problems, in an already full academic curriculum. This paper describes an approach to helping students develop structural engineering design skills in an introductory level mechanics of solids class. This approach includes three components: (i) a process book, (ii) a design workshop, and (iii) a postdesign workshop critique. The specific design skills that students learn and practice include problem scoping, brainstorming, sketching, generating and evaluating alternative schemes, and critique. Additionally, through this project, students contextualize their understanding of the fundamental principles of solid mechanics. The merit of this project is that students can successfully learn design skills in an existing introductory engineering course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jun 26 2016
Event123rd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Jun 26 2016Jun 29 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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