From the Students
Receiving direction and encouragement to focus on the user's needs and think about the projected benefits, risks, and harms is something that I have greatly appreciated during my team's design and prototyping process.
Thank you for creating ME170. After working for six months I think that ME170 is the single most useful class that I took at Stanford. The randomly-assigned groups, interesting long-term projects, open-ended problem solving, and getting input from myriad, sometimes contradictory, backgrounds have all directly translated into skills I use on the job. The class was structured extremely well, especially the cadence of open-ended problem solving before the organized gate reviews.
Truthfully, thank you as I really believe that ME170 was great preparation for (my role working in Ag-tech). It was great that I was able to keep pace with my boss, who comes with years of manufacturing experience in aerospace and is savant in lean principles. The industry tools that we were taught in class came up often and helped bridge some of the gaps in experience.
I think ME170 has been the most important class for my development as a mechanical engineer, combining knowledge [from] previous classes with new concepts like ethics in engineering, translating user to technical requirements, and soon, fatigue analysis. I'm also passionate about applying engineering to social and global issues, so I was excited when ME170 gave me that opportunity.
ME170 has helped me become a more practical engineer and has taught me to always provide a valid reason for every design choice in a project. Through the learning goals of this class, I have had some of the most rewarding experiences I have had yet at Stanford.