First-Year Design Showcase
First Year Design Project
The First Year Design Project is the design-and-build project component of the Fundamentals of Engineering sequence. There are currently two versions of the design project offered: the Integrated Transportation System (ITS) and the Advanced Energy Vehicle (AEV).
The ITS project incorporates the entrepreneurial development process into a design-and-build project. Students are tasked to develop a system that solves a problem, creating economic and/or social value. After developing a real life system, students model their system using provided vehicle components to validate their designs.
The AEV project is an energy and environment design-and-build project that challenges first-year engineering students to create an autonomous electric vehicle transportation system. These vehicles are the result of their semester-long design-build project, focusing on using advanced energy concepts and energy management to successfully address a real-world transportation scenario modeled after Smart Columbus.