Cornerstone Design@Mines

Design 151 and Design 251 (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.


Design 151 (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.

Design 251 (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.