Current Courses

Precision Machine Design
Design of Medical Devices (new name in 2013)
Course Number (Credit):  2.750 (U) and 2.75 (G; H-Level)
Units:  4-0-8
Semester:  Fall
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Description:  Intensive coverage of precision engineering theory, heuristics, and applications pertaining to the design of systems ranging from consumer products to machine tools and instruments. Topics covered include: economics, project management and design philosophy; principles of accuracy, repeatability, and resolution; error budgeting; sensors; sensor mounting; systems design; bearings; actuators and transmissions; system integration driven by functional requirements and operating physics. Emphasis on developing creative designs which are optimized by analytical techniques. Problem sets and test first six weeks. Major team-based design project focus last six weeks. Students taking the graduate version complete additional assignments.
Development of Mechanical Products
Course Number (Credit):  2.752 (U) and 2.753 (G)
Units:  3-0-9
Semester:  Spring
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Description:  Focuses on evolving a product from proof-of-concept to beta prototype: Includes team building, project planning, budgeting, resource planning; models for scaling, tolerancing and reliability, patents, business planning. Students/teams start with a proof-of-concept product they bring to class or select from projects provided by instructor. In lieu of taking 12 units of 2.ThU, Course 2 majors taking 2.752 may write a bachelor's thesis that documents their contributions to the product developed in the team project. Students taking the graduate version complete additional assignments.
See the MechE Course Catalogue for information on other excellent courses!


Past Courses

2.007 Design and Manufacturing I - 2008
Until 2008 Prof. Alexander Slocum was in charge of teaching the sophomore Mechanical Engineering class 2.007 - Introduction to Design and Manufacturing. Together with other faculty and two or three graduate students each year they guided up to 150 students through the process of designing and building a remote controlled robot that needed to perform a specific task in order to compete at the anual 2.007 design competition.
Archived Website
This course is now taught by Prof. Dan Frey - New Site.
The Urban Design Corps is a corporation focused on starting companies guided towards providing careers and resources for minorities and underprivileged people. The Urban Design Corps gives successful minorities the opportunity to invest in a permanent solution to the economic problems facing minority and underprivileged communities. Started by Prof. Alexander Slocum and Mark Graham.
2.971 (2nd summer)
Most of the students in 2.971 participate in the Second Summer Program. The Program (SSP), fostered by the MIT OME (Office of Minority Education) , provides students practical industry experience as paid engineering interns during the summer after the first year at MIT. Student participation requires successful completion of the freshman core and a three-week design workshop (2.971,) held during the Independent Activities Period (IAP) in January
2.993 - Pathways to Peace
Pathways to Peace is a new course for 2002 which combines students artistic creativity with geeky engineering know-how to produce sophisticated artistic tiles.