Special Topics: Aerospace CAD/CAM Basics
ASEN 2519, 3 semester hours, Section 001, Class No. 18012
Session M: May 12–30, 2014
Introduction to computer-aided drafting (CAD), machining, and basic mechanical design for aerospace applications, including space and remote environments. 3D parts and assemblies, and 2D manufacturing engineering drawings will be generated using parametric feature-based software. Analysis tools will be introduced including dimensional and mass properties. Computer-aided machining (CAM) software will be introduced to import CAD models, generate and comprehend G-code, and interface with machine controllers. Basic shop tools (drill presses, saws, grinders, lathes, milling machines) introduced. Final project will include 3-axis computer-numerical-control (CNC) vertical milling machine operation. Restricted to ASEN majors.
Special Topics in Computer Science: Sustainable Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
CSCI 4830, 3 semester hours, Section 300, Class No. 18541
Session C: June 2–July 25, 2014
Provides students an opportunity to learn about sustainable HCI and apply this knowledge to the development of a prototype designed to motivate pro-environmental behavior change. Readings for the class will be drawn from the areas of motivation, decision making, environmental psychology, and sustainable HCI. Additionally, sustainable HCI practitioners from the Boulder area will be guest speakers to discuss their experiences. Students will develop their prototypes as group projects; if class population permits, these groups will be interdisciplinary. It is important to note that this class is different than Sustainable Computing (CSCI 4830/7000) as it seeks to address the challenges of sustainability largely through behavioral interventions rather than hardware considerations. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Aesthetics in Design
MCEN 4228, 3 semester hours, Section 001, Class No. 18094
MCEN 5228, 3 semester hours, Section 001, Class No. 18095
Session M: May 12–30, 2014
Explores industrial design, the intersection of aesthetics and function, of art and engineering design. The goal is to change students' perception of design in the world around them via a creative aesthetic experience. Upper division and graduate students from both Engineering and Art and Art History programs will work in mixed teams to create dynamic artifacts which can range from sculpture to a functional product. Topics will include aesthetics (historical and modern context), team interactions, documentation, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and the design process: (loop, charrette). Critical design criteria will be discussed: simple functionality (will it do the job), structural integrity, manufacturability, cost, material selection, history, environmental impact, sustainability, aesthetics, ergonomics, ethics, and safety. Emphasis will be placed on critical design aspects, choice of engineering materials, finish product quality, and documentation.