Engineering Design Via Community Service Projects (CLOSED)
Level: Open to students entering grades 11 or 12 or freshman year of college in fall 2013.
Session: I, June 24-July 12, 2013; II, July 16-August 2, 2013
Days & Time: Days & Time: Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM and 2:00-4:00 PM
Instructor(s): David Vallancourt and the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Graduate Student Teaching Fellows
Related Courses: Students interested in this course might also be interested in Introduction to Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Changing the World Via Venture Creation, or Introduction to Architectural Design and Theory.
A hands-on, intensive case study of an original engineered device or process that has been manufactured and is now in service. Students will recreate portions of the design using information presented in lectures, physical experimentation in an engineering lab, computer modeling, and field work. Technologies supporting or related to the product under study will be investigated, and students will have the opportunity to develop an original design on a smaller scale.
This summer the course will focus on the engineering response to Superstorm Sandy. The engineering case to be studied is the solar array deployed by Columbia engineering graduate students at St. Gertrude’s Church and Youth Center in Rockaway Beach, Queens, immediately after the storm. The church was operated as a volunteering center where donated goods and hot meals were distributed to Rockaway residents. The solar array provided power to lights, refrigerators, phone chargers, computers, and a temporary medical clinic housed inside the church. We will visit the site and experiment with solar energy and solar voltaic cells in the lab, and design a solar cell based lightwave communication system.
David Vallancourt is Senior Lecturer in Circuits and Systems in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia and was an Assistant Professor there until joining Bell Labs in 1992. Dr. Vallancourt's focus at Bell Labs and subsequent positions at Texas Instruments, Vitesse Semiconductor, and PMC-Sierra was in analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit design for communications applications, for which he was awarded a dozen patents. In 2005, Vallancourt returned to Columbia, where he teaches introductory courses in electrical engineering for engineers and for non-engineers, electronics, and laboratory courses, including the senior “capstone” project lab. Since 2011, he has also taught the school-wide Art of Engineering course for first year engineers. In 2007 and again in 2013, Dr. Vallancourt received the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award.
Specific course information, such as hours and instructors, are subject to change at the discretion of the University.