Design Innovation Challenge Rules

OPEN HOUSE: FEB 20th at 6 pm in BENTON LOBBY

1. Program Rules

Teams: All CEC students are eligible. Each team can have 4-5 students (some should be CEC students) and a faculty mentor. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Phase 1: Each team can consult with MU CAT during Phase 1. Regular office hours will be held each day (Feb 20-Feb 28 th ). 

Submit a Phase 1 Design Ideation Paper (~2 pages: Team Composition, Problem Definition, Need Justification and Preliminary Idea with its Innovative Contribution clearly highlighted.)

Phase 2: Each selected team, notified no later than March 1 st , is required to provide weekly updates on their progress to MUCAT. Budget of up to $500 per team, need to be approved by Mr. Rob Sutliff. 

Showcase your work with the Seniors during the Senior Design Expo on April 27th. A completed prototype and a poster is required to be presented during the Expo on Thursday April 27th . Top teams will be announced that day.

2. Poster Instructions

Each selected team creates a poster to highlight your problem definition, design solution and process:

  • Background: Summarize the design and its objective.
  • Design Process: Discuss your design process by including the following…
    • Identify the alternative options considered during the design process and a justification for the selected technology, approach and/or process with a particular focus on its appropriateness to the local community and culture.
    • Provide details of the conceptual design, analysis and final design. Design calculations or an explanation may be included, appropriate to the level of team experience.
    • Identify schedules and detailed design, construction and maintenance costs associated with completion and construction of the design.
  • Justification & Reasoning: Identify how the selected design is appropriate to the social, environmental, economic and cultural context of the community.
  • Results and Future: Discuss ethics, long-term sustainability and maintenance of engineering design.
  • References: Outline the details of any external support provided to the design team and identify any content that is not attributable to the design team.

3. Prototype

Develop a prototype for the proposed design and show how it would work and be used. This prototype can be simplification of proposed design, but steps to refining and improving the design for a scalable implementation would be needed. The prize will only be awarded to teams with a working prototype.