Study Materials


Class overview

Introduction to engineering and the design process, engineering drawing, sketching, back of the envelope calculations

Overview (PDF 1 ‑ 4.8MB)

Engineering design (PDF 2 ‑ 3.6MB)

Introductory questionnaire (PDF)

Concept quiz (PDF)

Slocum, Alexander H. “Design Is A Passionate Process.” Chapter 1 in Fundamentals of Design. (PDF)


Basic design analysis

Free body diagrams, Newton’s laws

Engineering analysis (PDF)

Electronics and water: two great tastes that don’t taste so great together…

Exploration with instrumentation

Circuits (PDF)
4 Hydrostatics, pressure and water proofing Fluid effects and forces (PDF ‑ 3.1MB) Hydrostatic pressure effects and Archimedes’ principle (PDF)
5 Holiday - no lecture    
6 Design brainstorming, project ideas, Solidworks repository development    

Motors and electronics

Guest lecturer: Prof. Steven Leeb

Gears & linkages (PDF ‑ 1.7MB) Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems, RLE, MIT Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Design analysis, error estimation, data presentation

Propulsion: power vs. thrust and efficiency

9 Engineering ethics and using your best judgment    

Communicating engineering design

Promoting your ideas/inventions


Exploration on the Moon: mission planning for EVA and geology, part 1

Guest lecturer: Prof. Dava Newman

Prelab (PDF ‑ 4.5MB) (Courtesy of Dava Newman. Used with permission.)

Lab (PDF ‑ 2.0MB) (Courtesy of Dava Newman. Used with permission.)


Man Vehicle Lab, MIT Aeronautics & Astronautics

Exploration adventure part 2

Guest lecturer: Prof. Dava Newman

13 Student presentations: in-class design review    
14 Design iterations, recalculations    
15 Cool robots and bomb disposal    
16 Bio-robots, gecko feet, and cool stuff!    
17 Engineering and society    
18 Guest lecture    
19 Pool testing at the Z-Center    
20 Engineering at MIT: choice of majors  

MIT Freshmen: Choosing Your Major

MIT Mechanical Engineering

MIT Ocean Engineering

MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics

21 No class, optional Boston Harbor Day trip + lunch    
22 Guest lecturer: Prof. Steve Dubowsky, mobile robots   Field and Space Robotics Laboratory, MIT Mechanical Engineering
23 Guest lecturer: Prof. Sangbae Kim, bio-inspired design   Biomimetic Robotics Lab, MIT Mechanical Engineering
24 Engineering after MIT: grad school, consulting, FE exam, professional engineers certification, internships  

NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering Exams

ASME Ethics Code (PDF)

25 Guest lecturer: Dr. Sheri White, underwater exploration   Dr. White’s research, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
26 Guest lecturer: Prof. Jeff Hoffman, aerospace engineering design   Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium, MIT Aeronautics & Astronautics
27 Final student poster presentations    
28 Lab clean up, evaluations    

Moon Mission Photos

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2009
Learning Resource Types
Image Gallery
Lecture Notes
Projects with Examples
Design Assignments with Examples
Presentation Assignments
Written Assignments