NEF1204 Introduction to Engineering Design: Getting started

Sustainable design

This program inspires students to incorporate sustainability into their design projects.

1. The Smart Car - This German car is designed for maximum economy of performance and space. The factory even recycles the body warmth of its workers.

2. Freeplay Power - Freeplay's wind-up mechanism provides a sustainable alternative to batteries in flashlights and radios. Future products include lap tops and cell phones.

3. The Remarkable Pencil - One discarded plastic cup is recycled into one pencil.

Recommended Resources

Additional Books on Design

Learn about AutoCAD used to develop and present design solutions through the LinkedIn Learning online resource

Search for more courses or videos on various subjects within LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)

Boolean Operators and Database Search Tips

Boolean Operators are the words AND, OR, and NOT used in library databases or Library Search that  connect and define the relationships between the search terms. Using Boolean operators make searches more precise, and saves you time as you do not need to go through all the search results in order to find the most relevant articles.

AND narrows the search resulting in more focused results, for instance, searching for “heat sinkAND design, will retrieve articles in the search result that include both concepts (key words).

OR broadens the search by instructing the database to search for any of the words, which is particularly useful for synonyms or related terms, i.e. “heat sinkORheatsinkORheat-sink

NOT narrows the search by instructing the database to remove all unnecessary search results, for example: heatsink NOT CPU.

Database Search Tips:

Apply quotations around your exact phrase for phrase searching, for example, "heat sink".

Truncation is a searching technique that broadens your search to include all variations of word endings and spellings for a particular root word. To use it, enter the root of a word and apply the frequently used truncation symbol asterisk (*). For example, searching for heat* will retrieve heat, heating, or heated