This list shows courses held in Jacobs Hall during the fall 2015 semester.
Basic processing steps of metal fabrication are introduced (refining, casting, forging, welding, machining). Small hands on projects deploying the introduced technique are conducted using surrogate materials. A machine shop tour and guest speakers are brought to this class.
Peter Hosemann, M 4-5pm
Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), tolerance analysis for fabrication, fundamentals of manufacturing processes (metal cutting, welding, joining, casting, molding, and layered manufacturing).
Hayden Taylor, M 2-3pm
Organizations use their data for decision support and to build data-intensive products and services. The collection of skills that support these functions has been grouped under the term Data Science. This course will attempt to articulate the expected output of Data Scientists and equip students with the ability to deliver against these expectations.
John Canny, MW 5-6:30pm
This course explores software compilation of high level 3D designs into simple and inexpensive parts ready for rapid manufacturing. Topics include: fabrication processes, material systems, and modern computational techniques for domain specific design, geometric transformations, and algorithmic preparation for fabrication.
Jonathan Bachrach, TTH 3:30-5pm
Topics include sketching, story-telling, story-boarding, portfolio development and more. This course is open to students in all disciplines, has no pre-requisites, and requires no previous experience.
Topics include a range of prototyping and fabrication techniques including laser-cutting, 3D modeling and 3D printing, soldering, basic circuits and interface mockups. Course is open to students in all disciplines, has no pre-requisites, and requires no previous experience.
Topics include problem definition; social, political, legal and ethical aspects of design solutions; the product development cycle; mechanical dissection; reverse engineering; patents; failure case studies and product liability.
Dennis Lieu, T 9-10am
This semester-long course introduces students to bioengineering project-based learning in small teams, with a strong emphasis on need-based solutions for real medical and research problems through prototype solution selection, design and testing.
Hayley Lam, W 1-5pm
Design and prototype of large-scale technology intensive systems. Design project incorporating infrastructure systems and areas such as transportation and hydrology; for example, watershed sensor networks, robot networks for environmental management, mobile Internet monitoring, open societal scale systems, crowd-sources applications, traffic management.
Scott Moura, MW 2-4pm
This course teaches concepts and skills required to design, prototype and fabricate interactive devices — physical objects that intelligently respond to user input and enable new types of interactions. Half of the semester will be dedicated to a survey of relevant techniques; in the remaining weeks, students will propose and carry out a significant design project in groups.
Paul Wright, Björn Hartmann, MW 10:30am-12pm
A hands-on, studio design course where students work at the intersection of technological innovation and socially engaged art. Students integrate digital fabrication tools with social design methods to create work that engages in cultural critique. Working with innovative technologies and radical, new art practices, this course explores hybrid art forms, critical design for community engagement, interventions in public spaces, tactical media and disobedient objects.
Eric Paulos and Jill Miller, MW 10am-12pm
This course explores key entrepreneurial concepts relevant to the high-technology world. Topics include the entrepreneurial perspective, start-up strategies, business idea evaluation, business plan writing, introduction to entrepreneurial finance and venture capital, managing growth and delivering innovative products. Students undertake intensive study of actual business situations through rigorous case study analysis.
Naeem Zafar, F 2-5pm
Design and implementation of databases, with an emphasis on industrial and commercial applications. Relational algebra, SQL, normalization. Students work in teams with local companies on a database design project.
Ken Goldberg, MW 11am-12pm
Through a competition-based format, students work in simulated lean start-up teams vying to create innovative products to further a social cause. Teams navigate weekly challenges, understanding real-world constraints, using rapid iterative build and validate development methods and frequent interaction with sponsors and mentors. The final outcome is a working prototype and “white paper.”
Ken Singer, TH 4-7pm
The design, implementation and evaluation of user interfaces. User-centered design and task analysis. Usability inspection and evaluation methods. Analysis of user study data. Input methods and models. Visual design principles. Interface prototyping and implementation methodologies and tools. Students will develop a user interface for a specific task and target user groups in teams.
Eric Paulos, TH 10:30am-12pm, 1-2:30pm
Too often, enamored in our brilliant ideas, we skip the most important part: building products consumers will want and use. Precious time and effort are wasted on engineering perfect products only to launch to no users. This course teaches product management skills such as reducing risk while accelerating time to market, product life cycle and stakeholder management.
Ken Sandy, M 4-7pm