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UNIFIED ENGINEERING Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Fall 2003 Course Facts 1. Introduction Unified Engineering is the beginning of your education as an Aerospace Engineer. At MIT, aerospace engineering is taught within the context of the CDIO (Conceive-Design- Implement-Operate) framework. Briefly, that means that we want you to graduate as engineers who can contribute to the development of new products in a modern, team- based environment. So in Unified, you will learn skills that will enable you to become an effective aerospace engineer. Of course, you will learn plenty of disciplinary material as well. As you will see, the structure of Unified reflects the dual goals of teaching disciplinary material and the other skills required of an aerospace engineer. 2. Course Objectives The basic objective of Unified is to give a solid understanding of the fundamental disciplines of aerospace engineering, as well as their interrelationships and applications. These disciplines are Material and Structures (M); Computers and Programming (C); Fluid Mechanics (F); Thermodynamics and Propulsion (T); and Signals and Systems (S) . In choosing to teach these subjects in a unified manner, we seek to explain the common intellectual threads in these disciplines, as well as their combined application to solve engineering Systems Problems (SP) . Throughout the year we will endeavor to point out the connections among the disciplines. A second objective of Unified is to guide you to an understanding of the fundamental skills, knowledge and sensitivities that are the traits of a successful engineer. These include the skills necessary to work successfully in a group (including technical and graphical communication) and those of self-education (reading, research, and experimentation). Professional engineers have the knowledge and confidence to make estimates of poorly known parameters, create conceptual models of systems, and design new solutions to meet technical challenges. Engineers in positions of leadership are sensitive to the interaction of technical solutions with the economic, political, social and environmental needs, and constraints of society. The third objective of the faculty and teaching staff is to ensure that you have a positive learning experience. As in most teaching-learning experiences, the effectiveness and efficiency of what we accomplish will depend on the combined efforts of both the faculty and the student. For our part, we will try to make the experience of Unified Engineering stimulating, rewarding, and on occasion, fun. September 8, 2003 Page 1
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Unified Engineering Course Facts 3. Staff 3.1 Lecturers Prof. Steven Hall, Course Coordinator Prof. Charles Coleman Signals and Systems Systems Problems and Laboratories Prof. Mark Drela Prof. Ian A. Waitz Fluids Thermodynamics and Propulsion Prof. Kristina Lundqvist Prof. Mark Spearing Dynamics Materials and Structures Col. Peter Young Flight-CDIO September 8, 2003
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