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An Introduction to 2.009

Taught by award-winning professor David Wallace, 2.009: Product Engineering Processes is a rigorous capstone class for undergraduates in the Mechanical Engineering program at MIT, bringing together everything students have learned along the way to develop a market-ready product together with a team of classmates.
 
This popular class gives students a taste of real-world product development. Rather than running the class in a typical lecturer-student fashion, Wallace acts as the head of a design firm, encouraging the teams to think of themselves as designers and the instructor and industry mentors as consultants and technical advisers.
 
The class culminates in a final presentation and product launch in a major end-of-semester event in the fall at Kresge Auditorium. During the event, each team reveals its alpha prototype and presents a business model to the audience to show the product’s viability in the market.

2.009: An Iconic Engineering Class

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.

Meet Professor David Wallace

Professor David Wallace

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MacVicar Faculty Fellow

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.

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