Senior engineering students work in conjunction with engineers from industry and University of Iowa faculty members on a design project. The goal is for students to gain experience in the design process ranging from conceptualization, to prototyping, to testing and evaluation, and to production. Students gain first hand experience in solid modeling, finite element analysis, dynamic simulation, and cost analysis. Emphasis is placed on communication skills, including written reports and periodic oral presentations. Since its creation in 1994, the Program for Enhanced Design Experience has built strong ties between students, professors, and industry.
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