Dartmouth Engineering Expands Use of Design Software

Dartmouth Engineering Expands Use of Design Software
Campus Technology (09/10/14) Meyer, Leila

Dartmouth College's Thayer School of Engineering standardized on Dassault Systèmes' SolidWorks 3D computer-aided design software five years ago because of its ease of use and learning, and is now using the solution as part of its undergraduate core curriculum, and also for graduate and doctoral research. "It's important to provide an environment that is fun and exciting, and design tools that facilitate problem-based experiential learning," says Dartmouth Professor Solomon G. Diamond. "SolidWorks is a vital part of our students' learning experience. Because of our approach, students don't have much time to be trained on design software, so the short learning curve of SolidWorks is critical for students to undergo an innovation process that's similar to industry." Even non-engineering majors are given training in SolidWorks via Dartmouth's Introduction to Engineering course, which is open to all students. Dassault Systèmes reports that students are taught engineering analysis, experimentation, and design principles, and then they use SolidWorks to address real-world engineering issues by identifying and studying the problem in the field, proposing solutions, building prototypes, testing and refining their solution, and presenting their recommendations to a faculty committee. Meanwhile, doctoral students and Dartmouth's Multimodal Neuroimaging Laboratory have utilized SolidWorks to create a magnetically shielded room to conduct noninvasive human brain function studies.

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