2.009: Product Engineering Processes is a rigorous capstone class for undergraduates, bringing together everything students have learned along the way to develop a market-ready product.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor David Wallace is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Industrial Design degrees at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He received his S.M, and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994, and joined the faculty in 1995. Professor Wallace’s focus, in both research and teaching, is on innovative, socially responsible product design—ranging from computational tools and processes that increase the likelihood of successful innovation, to skills and techniques for designing and improving creativity. Through the application of his unusual background in both engineering and industrial design, Professor Wallace’s goals are to develop new methods that impact upon the practice of product development and to help inspire and equip the next generation of engineering innovators, all while continuing to learn new things and have fun in the process.
Students develop an understanding of product development phases and experience working in teams to design and construct high-quality product prototypes. Design process learned is placed into a broader development context. Primary goals are to improve ability to reason about design alternatives and apply modeling techniques appropriate for different development phases; understand how to gather and process customer information and transform it into engineering specifications; and use teamwork to resolve the challenges in designing and building a substantive product prototype. Instruction and practice in oral communication provided. Enrollment may be limited due to laboratory capacity; preference to Course 2 majors and minors.