ENGR 290 Course Modules

SIPI's ENGR 290 Special Topics class covers a wide variety of engineering disciplines. This course introduces engineering students to various aspects of the ongoing projects at SIPI while also helping to advance those projects through course assignments and student work.

Analysis of physics applications within different systems involving motion and stability between forces and interactions as well as understanding energy and its different forms. Kinematic analysis of machine elements with topics of linkages, cams, and gears. Graphical and analytical solutions using computer techniques. Also an introduction to Engineering design and materials engineering.

In this course module, students will learn to build a model rocket, program an Arduino, integrate the Arduino into the payload section of the rocket, collect data from a rocket flight and analyze the data post-flight.

Introduction to CIS: Arduino - Basic Sensor Integration & Programming is designed to provide the student with basic scientific and technological knowledge and historical understanding of the fundamentals of Arduino.

The basic electrical elements and sources and the concepts of energy and power are introduced. Topics addressed include Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff's Laws, resistive networks, node and loop analysis, network theorems, first-order and second-order circuits, sinusoidal sources, complex representations of impedance, phasors, and complex power, and three-phase circuits. The course will include a lab/demonstration element to allow the students to observe and experiment with the lab equipment and electrical devices.

Intro to eCap is a specialty course that integrates various aspects of Engineering into a process that is crucial for development of payloads (i.e., experiments) within a specified system. It begins by showing how experiments can be developed, from the point of conceptualization through design to development, prototyping, breadboarding and building.

Mass, Weight, Torque, Vibration, Angular Momentum, Center of Mass, Axis of Rotation and Material Density will be covered in a practical sense. Students will build one of two mechanisms to understand the previous physics associated with the mechanism, and then test the functionality of the mechanism.

This course module will cover basic Smart Lighting Concepts and give hands-on activities for students to create a smart lighting project.

Microfluidics is introduced as the science of manipulating miniaturized amounts of fluids. We will discuss photolithography as an important technique for building devices capable of small scale fluid manipulation. Different types of microfluidic devices and their function are discussed. We will examine applications of microfluidic to sensors and materials for biological systems. Labs help reinforce concepts learned in class.

This course introduces students to the life sciences and technologies necessary for the topic of biology in space exploration. Introductory biology draws from examples that illustrate the impact of microgravity on human physiology during spaceflights. This course will also explore the importance of recycling water in space and students will make their own filtration system. We will also analyze the effects that insects, animals, and plants can encounter in space. All these concepts and other topics will bring together a better understanding of the importance of biology for space exploration.

This course introduces students to business development concepts starting from the idea followed by examination of the feasibility for new venture creation, launching the startup and funding mechanisms including an Elevator Pitch. Topics addressed include entrepreneur types and entrepreneurship, idea evaluation, Lean Method, market assessment, customer development, prototype, business plan and Business Model Canvas, starting a business, simple financial statements, patent process, technology transfer and funding sources.