Autonomous and remotely-controlled vehicles are important tools used for exploring terrestrial planets and planet-like moons. In this section, you will design, build, and test a rover system capable of collecting microscale ore particles from an emulated planet surface and transferring particle samples to the onboard microscope for material characterization.
Bioinspired design views the process of how we learn from nature as an innovation strategy translating principles of function, performance, and aesthetics from biology to human technology. The creative design process is driven by interdisciplinary exchange among engineering, biology, medicine, art, architecture and business.
When developing new technologies, engineers must carefully consider the impact their decisions may have on individual stakeholders and on society as a whole. In this course, you will learn a variety of prototyping methods within the context of a socially-engaged design process. You will then apply these skills to address a real-world problem in the field of public transportation.