Cornerstone Design@Mines

You're Invited to the Final Design Competition

After a semester of ideating, pivoting, and prototyping around fixing crumbling urban infrastructures, the students of Intro to Design are ready to showcase their final projects.

In this end-of-semester competition, the winning teams from each section will be competing for the top prize, as well as the special awards of “Best Design Process” and “Most Potentially Viable.

 Please drop by on Wednesday, May 2 anytime between 5-7pm in Student Center Ballrooms B&C for complementary refreshments and to celebrate all of the hard work these students have put into their final solutions. Stay however long you’d like and please feel free to bring friends and family. We hope to see you there!

Intro to Design and Practice of Design (formerly EPICS I & II) are one semester, three-credit design courses for undergraduates at Mines. The centerpiece of both courses is an open-ended design problem that students must solve as part of a team effort. This provides the practice that students need to become more skilled in the process of technical design as it is practiced in the workplace. Both courses aim to build students’ confidence in applying fundamental problem-solving concepts in order to solve complex, open-ended problems.


Intro to Design (EDNS151)
Introduces a design process that includes open-ended problem solving and teamwork integrated with the use of computer software as a tool to solve engineering problems. The course emphasizes written technical communications and introduces the importance of effective oral presentations.

Practice of Design (EDNS251)
Builds on the design process, continuing with open-ended problem solving and also integrating teamwork and communications with the use of specific computer software tools to solve engineering problems. This course emphasizes oral presentation skills and builds on basic written communications skills introduced in Intro to Design.