ENGS 21 Projects, Fall 2008

Problem Statement

Dartmouth College Engineering Foundation (DCEF) is looking for proposals for innovative devices that will lead to improvements in improved efficiency.

The DCEF has a broad perspective and will consider proposals in a wide variety of areas; therefore, the field in its broadest context should be considered.

Team Process

Each team defined a problem in this area and determined the magnitude of the problem. Using Thayer School's signature problem-solving cycle, the team

  • defined a set of specifications to be met
  • generated a set of alternative approaches
  • used a problem-solving matrix to select the best approach to a solution

Teams further used the problem-solving cycle to refine the solution and to determine the best materials for building a prototype.

During the 10-week term, each team:

  • developed and tested a prototype device
  • developed a venture proposal
  • presented the prototype and proposal to a professional review board

Final reviews were held on December 1 and 2, 2008


  • Skater Solutions - Device to aid in balance correction for inexperienced skaters.
  • Team Green Clean - Device to make hand dish-washing more efficient.
  • Accident Prone - Eliminating potential electrocution in field stick welding.
  • Growing Bike - Designing a bicycle that will "grow" as a child grows.
  • Team Alaska - An injury wrap that can either heat or cool.
  • Dangerous Diver - Designing a dive board that reduces collision with diver.
  • Germaphobes - Self-sanitizing keyboard.
  • Swimming for the Blind - A device for blind swimmers that will minimize obstacle collisions.
  • Car Refrigerator - Solar powered fridge to keep perishables cold in a hot car.
  • Improving Beep Baseball - Reinforcing beep ball for blind baseball players.
  • The Multi-Nationals - A low-cost, efficient snow removal mechanism.
  • Space Laundry - Speeding up the drying time in conventional dryers.
  • Parking Squad Heroes - Using RFID to pay for parking meters.
  • Pipette Group - Addressing the issue of compromising reagents when using multichannel pipettes.
  • Winter Wheelchair - Solution to maintain chair mobility in winter months.

Course Instructor

  • Professor John Collier

DCEF Review Board

  • John Collier, professor and course director
  • Peter Robbie, associate professor and senior lecturer
  • Kevin Baron, machine shop manager and instructor
  • John Currier, research engineer
  • Douglas Fraser, research engineer
  • Francis Kennedy, professor
  • Jennifer Huot, M.S. candidate
  • Victor Surprenant, research engineer emeritus