First-year students, from the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) in SEE 111 - Integrated Energy Solution 1, split into eight groups comprised of four to five team members to apply the engineering design process to develop a solution to a sustainability problem of their choice. The groups convened in the Capstone Design Lab on SFU Surrey campus last week to present their projects. The groups brought with them enthusiasm as they prepared to present their projects in front of the audience.
“The projects and students are inspiring,” says SEE lecturer Molly McVey who taught the course and oversaw the project showcase. “I’m really proud of the students and how they channeled their passion for sustainability into these projects using the engineering design process.”
“They had to reach out of their comfort zones, work as a team, and jump into these projects very quickly - maybe before they felt comfortable doing so.”
Each group’s project exhibited both creativity and inquisitiveness as they presented their projects. The aim behind these projects was to apply the design process to solve issues around harvesting, storage, transmission and use of energy while taking the ecological, social and economic impact into consideration. Each group member relied on their individual skills and knowledge, while also collaborating with their peers to bring their projects into fruition. Students started the term by identifying a problem, then working through the design process to end up with a physical prototype of their design.
This item was initially published on the SFU School of Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) News item: First-year SEE students apply engineering skills to solve sustainability problems Student Project Showcase on April 14, 2022.