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123rd ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition




As part of a multidisciplinary sophomore-level engineering design and technical writing course, a project that required students to design a small-scale ocean wave energy converter through a series of experiments was implemented. The project was designed to fulfill several of the course goals, which range from engineering design to engineering communication. For example, the goal of the engineering/design portion of the course is for students to demonstrate effective design processes, which include generating multiple engineering design solutions, applying sound engineering principles to choose the best solution and see it through to completion, and using parametric design to optimize an artifact or process. The communication goals of the course are for students to write in various engineering genres and demonstrate specific communication abilities needed for engineering communication.


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