This page focuses on the course 22.033/22.33 Nuclear Systems Design Project as it was taught by Dr. Michael Short in Fall 2011.
Nuclear Systems Design Project is an intense capstone project course designed primarily for MIT nuclear engineering undergraduates. In this course, students collectively tackle all facets of an open-ended, multi-disciplinary nuclear engineering design challenge.
To learn to work on an open-ended, “no right answer” problem that requires choosing design parameters, optimizing them, and defending a proposed design. Learn more.
Dr. Short addresses 22.033 students during class.
In the following pages, Dr. Short discusses specific aspects of his experience as the course instructor.
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All class sessions were held in medium-sized classrooms like this one. Tables and chairs were sometimes moved to accommodate group work.
A mix of juniors and seniors. Graduate students may enroll, but none did during the Fall 2011 semester.
All Nuclear Science and Engineering majors.
Substantial coursework in Nuclear Science and Engineering.
The ideal class size is between 5 and 20. There is no enrollment cap. As the required capstone class for undergraduate NSE majors, the class size is closely tied to the number of juniors and seniors majoring in NSE in any given year. If enrollment were unusually high in a year, the class would be split into two groups that would simultaneously engage in completely independent design projects. With too many students, communication and collaboration become unwieldy.
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
Activities such as
To design the course project, structure and run the course, work with students, and provide feedback. Read more about Dr. Short’s role in guiding students through each phase of the course.