Product Realization Minor
An Undergraduate Minor in the College of Engineering

| ME 240 | ENGR 407 | IE 466 |

The 21 credit Product Realization Minor consists of three core courses:

  • ME 240 - Product Dissection - Typically offered each spring.

    In Product Dissection, students work in teams to dissect several common products to discover their internal functions and to critique their design, manufacturing methods, materials selection, and potential for recycling. Lecture and discussion topics include the design process, material selection, introduction to manufacturing processes, basic mechanical and electrical components and measurements, green design, and human factors. Dissection projects include a bicycle, several appliances, and an internal combustion engine.

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  • ENGR 407 - Technology-Based Entrepreneurship - Typically offered each semester.

    ENGR407 starts with individual and team-based tasks that draw out creative thinking skills, and forces students to become risk-takers, and to experience failure. The guiding principal for the course is that entreprenuers are innovators and operate in an uncertain, risky environment where failure is endemic. The issue is not how to avoid failure, but how to learn quickly from the failures and capitalize on the knowledge gained - a process known as Intelligent Fast Failure. This is a problem-based learning course: students do exercises and activities so principles are discovered and experienced. Class lecture time is minimal. Teachers are mentors and coaches, and students are expected to take charge of their own learning. Class attendance is critical to ENGR407 success.

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  • IE 466 - Concurrent Engineering - Typically offered each fall.

    In Concurrent Engineering, we investigate engineering and management tools for concurrent product and manufacturing process development. Students will develop skills in team dynamics, management of concurrent engineering projects, including the voice of the customer, and design for manufacturing and design for assembly methodologies. The class will analyze case studies from various industries and hear working engineers' commentaries on concurrent engineering as it is practiced in industry today.

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This page last updated September 2013.