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The University of Texas at San Antonio - 2016

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Student Design Projects Description

Design is integrated throughout the curriculum.

Design in Biomedical Engineering begins with the freshman course, BME 1002, Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. Throughout the rest of the program, students will be introducted to different aspects of design either through any of the BME lab courses or through clinical internships (BME 3013) and BME 3022, BME Technology and Product Development course. Towards the end of the program, students will be required complete their 2 semester Senior Design courses (BME 4903 and BME 4913). These senior design courses serves to demonstrate the culmination of the students' educational experience. Typically made of 4 senior BME students, partnership with senior students from other engineering programs within UTSA as well as partnership with a business student are also encouraged. The design teams are also encouraged to partner with other engineering or business students to bring interdisciplinary and business focus to engineering design process, including entering the Student Technology Venture Competition to gain experience as early stage entrepreneurs.

In Civil Engineering design starting with a freshman introductory course, CE 1301 Introduction to Civil Engineering, and ending with the capstone senior design CE 4813 Civil Engineering Design. Design components are contained in most required engineering topics courses. These include CE 3213 Reinforced Concrete Design, CE 3233 Steel Design, CE 3413 Geotechnical Engineering and Applications, CE 3633 Water and Wastewater Treatment, CE 4723 Applied Hydrology, CE 4123 Highway Engineering, and CE 4603 Water Resources Engineering. Design also is included in many of the elective courses, including CE 4253 Introduction to Masonry and Design, CE 4233 Transportation Systems, CE 4413 Foundation Analysis and Design, and CE 4723 Hydraulic Systems Design. The design experience culminates in a major senior capstone design course, CE 4813 Civil Engineering Design. The capstone design project is multi-disciplinary in that it involves three or more civil engineering areas and draws upon most prior coursework. The course involves teamwork, both oral and written presentations, a final design report, and a formal presentation.

In Electrical and Computer Engineering the student design experience is integrated throughout the two programs. Modern software tools usage, design and analysis, and formal report writing are some of integrated components the electrical and computer engineering courses. EE 3113 Electrical Engineering Laboratory I and EE 4113 Electrical Engineering Laboratory II emphasize hands-on experiments using basic to advanced instruments and require students to submit both formal and informal reports. Other electrical engineering classes that use software tools include EE 3313 Electronic Circuits I, EE 3413 Analysis and Design of Control Systems, EE 3423 Signals and Systems I, EE 3463 Microcomputer Systems I, EE 3563 Digital Systems Design, and EE 4313 Electronic Circuits II. Engineering design is distributed throughout the curricula starting from the student's second semester in EE 2513 Logic Design. In the following semesters, students take EE 3563 Digital Systems Design (design and simulation of sequential digital systems), EE 3313 Electronic Circuits I, EE 3113 Electronics Laboratory I (with significant design components), EE 3413 Analysis and Design of Control Systems (analog control systems design), and EE 4313 Electronic Circuits II (design and analysis of advanced analog circuits), EE 4113 Electrical Engineering Laboratory II (complex circuit design, construction, and debugging, including printed circuit board design, layout, construction, and debugging). Students select five technical electives, all of which have some design components.

Senior Design I and II (EE/CpE 4811 & EE/CpE 4813) are capstone courses in electrical and computer engineering. Student design teams integrate their knowledge from the EE and CpE curricular with training in project management skills, communication and teamwork, and engineering decision making process with economic and environmental constraints (such as safety, reliability, environmental, economic, ethical and social impacts, etc.) when developing and implementing an engineering design project. The senior design demonstration is the culmination of their educational experience. Senior design teams are also encouraged to partner with other engineering or business students to bring interdisciplinary and business focus to engineering design process, including entering the Student Technology Venture Competition to gain experience as early stage entrepreneurs.

In Mechanical Engineering, students have opportunities to gain design experience in main stems within mechanical engineering: energy (thermal/fluid sciences), mechanics and manufacturing of mechanical systems. Through required coursework, the mechanical engineering curriculum provides educational training in all stems. Through the selection of technical elective courses to augment required courses, students develop specialization. Design experience is integrated throughout the program. Development of open-ended problem solving skills is a part of all mechanical engineering courses. Design projects with formal report writing are included in many of the required courses, including ME 1402 ME Practice & Graphics, ME 3513 Mechanism Design, ME 4293 Thermodynamic II, ME 4313 Heat Transfer and Rate Processes, and ME 4603 Finite Element Applications in Mechanical Design. A substantial portion of each technical elective course is devoted to design of systems and components. A capstone design sequence at the senior level provides an opportunity to apply and integrate the knowledge gained throughout the curriculum to the development of an instructor-approved project. The design of experiments is integrated in both the mechanical systems and control, thermal, and fluid laboratories.

In addition, opportunities exist for students to gain additional design experience by participating in projects offered by the technical societies. These include the SAE Formula I and Baja car competitions, and other competitions sponsored annually by SAE, ASME and ASHRAE.