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CIT Design Minor

Design is a pervasive activity in all engineering disciplines. Insuring quality, timeliness, manufacturability and marketability of engineering designs is a crucial concern in product development. The CIT designated minor in Engineering Design is intended to provide a firm methodological basis for engineering design that will be broadly applicable in all areas of engineering. The minor is intended primarily for engineering undergraduates who want a broader and more formal foundation in design. The requirements for the minor consist of two interdisciplinary design courses, which emphasize design methodology, team work, and real-world problems, and three elective courses in design. Of the three elective courses, at least one should involve CAD and at least one 9 unit course should be outside the student's major.

The designated minor in engineering design is administered through ICES. The program contact is Susan Finger. Students undertaking the designated minor can consult with the program advisor in their major department.

Faculty Advisors
The current faculty advisors for the CIT Engineering Design minor are: Larry Biegler and Ignacio Grossman from Chemical Engineering, Susan Finger and James Garrett from Civil and Environmental Engineering Daniel P. Siewiorek from Electrical and Computer Engineering, Indira Nair from Engineering and Public Policy, Jonathan Cagan and Kenji Shimada from Mechanical Engineering, and Robert Heard from Materials Science and Engineering.

Required Courses
You must select at least two of the following courses.

  • 39-245 Rapid Prototype Design
  • 39-405 Engineering Design: Creation of Products and Processes
  • 39-648 Rapid Design and Prototyping of Computer Systems
  • 39-600 Integrated Product Development
  • 39-647/605/606 Engineering Design Project Course

Elective Courses
Additional elective courses are required, including at least 9 units outside the student's major department and at least one course involving applications of computer-aided design methods. A total of 45 units is required for the minor, including required and elective courses. Courses can be chosen from the list below or by permission of the Design Minor Advisors.

Undergraduate Elective Courses

  • 06-302 Process Engineering and Synthesis
  • 06-606 Computational Methods for Large Scale Process Design & Analysis
  • 12-401 Civil and Environmental Engineering Design
  • 12-605 Design and Construction
  • 12-631 Structural Design
  • 12-675 Computer-Aided Tools for Civil & Environmental Engineers
  • 18-321 Analysis and Design of Analog Circuits
  • 18-322 Analysis and Design of Digital Circuits
  • 18-347 Introduction to Computer Architecture
  • 18-349 Introduction to Embedded Systems
  • 18-360 Introduction to Computer-Aided Digital Design
  • 18-474 Computer Control Systems Design Laboratory
  • 18-517 Data Storage Systems Design Project
  • 18-523 Analog Integrated Circuit Design
  • 18-525 Integrated Circuit Design Project
  • 18-545 Advanced Digital Design Project
  • 18-547 Computer System Design
  • 18-551 Digital Communications and Signal Processing Systems Design
  • 18-575 Control System Design
  • 24-441 Engineering Design
  • 24-442 Engineering Design - EPP
  • 24-443 Design for Manufacture
  • 27-357 Introduction to Materials Selection
  • 27-367 Materials Selection and Performance
  • 27-421 Processing Design
  • 39-647 Independent Study in Engineering Design
  • 42-580 Medical Instrumentation Design

Graduate Elective Courses

  • 06-720 Advanced Process Systems Engineering
  • 12-747 CAE Software Project
  • 12-740 CAE Tools
  • 12-784 Artificial Intelligence for Design
  • 18-725 Digital Integrated Circuit Design
  • 18-748 Dependable System Design
  • 18-760 VLSI CAD: Logic to Layout
  • 18-761 VLSI CAD: Layout to Manufacture
  • 18-763 Physical CAD for VLSI
  • 18-765 Digital System Testing and Testable Design
  • 18-778 Mechatronic Design
  • 18-814 Microelectromechanical Systems
  • 24-788 Mechatronic Design
  • 16-788 Mechatronic Design
  • 24-781 Design Procedures
  • 24-784 Computational Design Tools
  • 27-721 Processing Design