UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The engineering design (DESIGN) program, housed in the College of Engineering’s School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP), provides undergraduate engineering students with what is often their first exposure to engineering concepts and skills. Through the program’s first-year engineering design course, students learn the foundations of engineering through hands-on team projects, designing technically feasible, economically viable and desirable solutions to real-world problems. These projects highlight the role engineering plays in improving the health, safety and welfare of the global community.
To better reflect the impact DESIGN has on engineering education at Penn State and to better align with the needs of today’s engineering students, the program’s undergraduate offerings have been redesigned, renamed and renewed.
Between 2015 and 2018, the course curriculum for EDSGN 100: Introduction to Engineering Design, the first-year engineering course taken by the majority of engineering students at Penn State, was redesigned to reflect evolving educational needs, to harmonize content across sections and campuses and to better integrate course components via the course’s design projects, including client-sponsored projects. The course’s redesign incorporated five recurring, general goals and learning outcomes: apply engineering design to address design opportunities; use systems thinking and apply it to engineering design; develop professional skills necessary for becoming a successful engineer; communicate engineering concepts and designs and gain experience in hands-on fabrication while developing a “maker mindset.”