This page focuses on the course ESD.051 Engineering Innovation and Design as it was taught by Blade Kotelly and Prof. Joel Schindall in Fall 2012.
The course is a project-based seminar in innovative design thinking. Lectures focus on the iterative design process and techniques to enhance creative analysis. Students use this process to design and implement robust voice recognition applications using a simple web-based system. They also give presentations and receive feedback to sharpen their communication skills for high emotional and intellectual impact. Guest lectures illustrate multidisciplinary approaches to design thinking.
The Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program created this course as a part of a larger engineering-leadership program for undergraduates.
This course is part of a leadership curriculum and serves to help students learn about the process of designing solutions to problems in which people are a direct beneficiary of the solution. In this course, the student learns to conceive, evaluate, plan, organize, lead, and implement engineering design projects. In addition, the course is aimed at sharpening creative thinking and critical analysis of designs, as well as learning how to use an iterative design processes. Students innovate, implement, and communicate designs that are practical, successful, elegant, interactive, robust, and holistic. There is a strong focus on project scope, and balancing real-world constraints against the limitations of technology and human cognition.
As part of the larger Gordon Engineering Leadership curriculum, students will take other courses in leadership, including ones helping them build and understand of organizations, and advanced system-design techniques.
In the following short videos, Blade Kotelly and Prof. Joel Schindall discuss various aspects of how they taught ESD.051 Engineering Innovation and Design.
This course is required for the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program Year One.
The students' grades were based on the following activities:
Roughly 3/10 freshmen, 1/10 sophomores, 4/10 juniors, and 2/10 seniors. Many students are in the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program.
A mix of students from 10 different majors, with large numbers of students from Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
There are no common traits or skills. The students came from diverse backgrounds of engineering and science interests, and there were no pre requisites for the course.
The class needs a certain number of students to foster good interactions for discussions - and of course as the class gets very large it’s hard to have discussions in which everyone can contribute in a single section. Between 20 and 75 students is very good but at the upper ends it does require very careful moderation.
During an average week, students were expected to spend 9 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows: