Introduction to Engineering Design (EDSGN 100) is a first-year “cornerstone” engineering design course taught to over 3600 students annually across 20 Penn State campuses. EDSGN 100 is a hands-on, project-based course in which students work in teams to apply an engineering design process to a variety of instructor-led and client-sponsored design projects. In support of these design projects, the students learn design tools and techniques, such as hand sketching, both formal and informal communication techniques, and computer-aided design software. Through the lens of systems—or “big picture”—thinking, students begin to understand the role of engineering to deliver solutions that are technically feasible, economically viable, and desirable to improve the global community. Over the past two years, the course has been significantly updated to reflect changing academic and industry needs. This paper describes the course updates, highlighting newly developed course modules that leverage the expertise of a team of interdisciplinary instructors.
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