ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering
The student is introduced to engineering through participation, as a member of a team, in a complete design project. The synthesis of many fields involving the laws of nature, mathematics, economics, management, and communication is required in the project. Engineering principles of analysis, experimentation, and design are applied to a real problem, from initial concept to final recommendations. The project results are evaluated in terms of technical and economic feasibility and social significance. Lectures are directed toward the problem, with experiments designed by students as the need develops. Fall enrollment is limited to 50 students; winter and spring enrollment is limited to 64 students.
Icebot: Students in Introduction to Engineering show off their project: the Icebot, which measures ice thickness on ponds.
Introduction to Engineering: Dartmouth engineering students in ENGS 21 demonstrate their projects and their problem-solving skills.
Poaching Detector System: Undergraduate students in ENGS 21 designed, built, and tested a system for detecting poachers in wilderness areas.
Single-Firefighter Aerial Ladder Operation: Undergraduate students in ENGS 21 designed, built, and tested a sensor system for fire engine aerial ladders that enables one person—rather than two—to position a rescue ladder safely and accurately. Inventors Frances Davenport '13, John Mascari '13, Noam Rosenthal '13, Maya Viavant '12, and Byrnne Weeks '12 earned the Phillip R. Jackson Award for best performance in the course. Their teaching assistant was Emily Mason-Osann '11.
Introduction to Engineering: In this course students define a problem, devise a solution, and build a working prototype. This term's problem was "efficiency"—watch as three students explain their projects.
Student Project: Spotter-Free Weight-Lifting Bench: For ENGS 21, students created a system that lowers the lifter out of the way during weight-lifting.
Student Project: Hillbreakers: For ENGS 21, students created a system that automatically regulated speed on longboards
Custom Keyboard: A group of Dartmouth engineering students descended on Crotched Mountain in 1986 and built this keyboard for Maureen Gaynor.