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SDR Deposit of the Week: ME310 Project Based Engineering Design

Transformation is a common theme among the eight final student team projects of this year's ME310 cohort. Take, for example, Idéum, which proposes how to transform an old building in a Swedish coastal town into an innovation center for Volvo workers who insist "that they [are] not innovative people." The students ask, and then answer, "How might we build confidence and make a user feel like an innovative genius, with a tool that actually helps develop creative skills?"   

In another project, the team noticed that when it comes to contemporary remote communication experiences, "There is no online version of a shared glance across the room, or a casual hallway collision." Their product idea, called WaterWall attempts to address "a critical interaction gap that is currently not being filled by any existing applications: Serendipity." 

And consider Team UNICEF which returned from a visit to Nigeria determined to combat child mortality with "CareSquare, a portable healthcare station the health worker can carry as a backpack to communities" in need.

These are the works of Stanford engineering students, collaborating on international, multidisciplinary teams, to solve real world design challenges over the course of one academic year with the support of major corporate and non-profit sponsors. The 2013 class of ME310 is the first to deposit their final works directly into the SDR, adding to the existing ME310 archive -- scores of reports, designs, recorded presentations and other materials -- collected by the teaching team since the ME310 program first started in 1969.

When the Engineering Library assumed stewardship of the archive a couple of years ago, Sarah Lester and her colleagues undertook a transformative challenge of their own by processing and describing the collection with a finding aid, storing the papers in SAL3, digitizing the older works for online access, and preserving the digital files in the SDR. Taken as a whole, the archive represents a significant body of material and provides many opportunities for the research and study of design process and innovation over time.

Other 2013 projects include:

  • digital photo album designed to sustain the tradition of photo sharing within families, keeping technology-challenged seniors especially in mind
  • InnoEx, "a comprehensive innovation experience ... designed to accelerate the entire printed electronics industry"
  • promoting healthy eating by busy young professionals through an enhanced "grocery shopping experience"
  • exploring the experiential possibilities of a passenger in an autonomous vehicle

At the upcoming SUL Concierge sessions focused on the Stanford Digital Repository in September, Sarah will be sharing the benefits of using the SDR Self Deposit system for managing the growing ME310 collection. Be sure to attend to find out more!