Year One – Projects in Review

It has been a very busy year.  Here is a short list of projects enjoyed by the inaugural class of Wake Forest Engineers.

Fall 2017

Year 1 Projects - Chair
Students learned about the design process through building a chair custom designed for them. The project included sketching, computer aided design, 3D printing and chair construction using cardboard.


Year 1 - Sensing the City
Students learned how to build a sensor, identify a challenge, and collect real data in Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter.


Spring 2018

Year 1 - Self Driving Cars
Self-driving cars, electric vehicles, and shared mobility are being touted as possible revolutions in the way people and goods travel. Currently, each technology presents a number of questions with respect to social benefits, environmental impacts, and economic costs. As tech development of self-driving cars intensifies, federal and state policymakers are moving to identify appropriate regulations and guidelines for ensuring safe and equitable transportation in the future.
How can/should self-driving cars “make decisions”? What are the technical and ethical dimensions of those decisions? Who decides what is “safe enough” and “fair”?


Year 1 -Clay Pot Water Filter
Globally, 2.1 billion people lack access to clean, safe drinking water. For water purification systems to be sustainable for families in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, they must be low-cost, low-maintenance (including easily sanitized), and have low educational requirements for proper use. Locally-manufactured clay pot water filters meet these needs and have the potential to open new local industries, contributing to the regional economy. However, before clay pot water filters can be adopted more widely, several design and material challenges must first be addressed.


Year 1 - Stretcher Immobilization
Dr. Darrell Nelson, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Wake Forest School of Medicine has asked us to compare immobilization of athletes with potential spinal injuries using a long spine board (LSB) and a stretcher. For decades, the LSB has been standard care practice with essentially no evidence to support or refute its use. In the last few years, some research studies have suggested that LSB may actually be more harmful than a stretcher; however, these studies have never been performed on athletes and LSB is still standard care in the athletic community. You are tasked with making a recommendation to Dr. Nelson as to whether LSB causes more, less, or no difference in harm to the patient compared to a stretcher.


The Design Process