Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students

The Art and Science of Engineering Design

EE 15Q

The goal of this seminar is to introduce students to the design process of an engineering project. The seminar will consist of a series of lectures. The first part of each lecture will focus on the different design aspects of an engineering project, including formation of the design team, developing a project statement, generating design ideas and specifications, finalizing the design, and reporting the outcome. Students will form teams to follow these procedures in designing a term project of their choice over the quarter. The second part of each lecture will consist of outside speakers, including founders and leaders of some of the top companies in Silicon Valley, who will share their experiences about engineering design. An on-site visit to several high-tech companies will also be part of the course. The seminar serves three purposes: (1) it introduces students to the design process of turning an idea into a final design, (2) it presents the different functions that people play in a project, and (3) it gives students a chance to consider what role in a project would be best suited to their interests and skills.

Meet the Instructor(s)

My T. Le

My T. Le

My T. Le is a technologist, entrepreneur, and educator. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from University of California, Berkeley. She works, advises, and invests in start-ups. She co-taught The Art and Science of Engineering Design as a popular Frosh IntroSem for many years, and also teaches Engineering for Good (EE46) at Stanford. My loves the outdoors, Korean and Spanish drama, and the Golden State Warriors, though not necessarily in that order.