Students will apply technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.
Key idea: Engineering design is an iterative process involving modeling and optimization used to develop technological solutions to problems within given constraints.
Key idea: Technological tools, materials, and other resources should be selected on the basis of safety, cost, availability, appropriateness, and environmental impact; technological processes change energy, information, and material resources into more useful forms.
Key idea: Computers, as tools for design, modeling, information processing, communication, and system control, have greatly increased human productivity and knowledge.
Key idea: Technological systems are designed to achieve specific results and produce outputs, such as products, structures, services, energy, or other systems.
Key idea: Technology has been the driving force in the evolution of society from an agricultural to an industrial to an information base.
Key idea: Technology can have positive and negative impacts on individuals, society, and the environment and humans have the capability and responsibility to constrain or promote technological development.
Key idea: Project management is essential to ensuring that technological endeavors are profitable and that products and systems are of high quality and built safely, on schedule, and within budget.