Remote Control Car
Course: MAE 277: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Practice
Semester: Fall 2013
Group Size: 4
This course was my first exposure to mechanical engineering. The idea with this project was to dissect a product of moderate complexity, uncover how it works, consider why it was designed the way it was and propose a possible redesign. This project also allowed us to get experience working in a group setting and experiencing all of the difficulties associated with group work.
I volunteered to be the group leader for this project. I felt confident in my organizational skills and knew I could be an effective leader. This leadership position involved delegating tasks, planning meetings, reviewing and editing sections, as well as contacting the professor with any questions. I also contributed to the material we produced by assigning myself certain sections of each report.
The most significant takeaway from this class was the experience working in a group setting. Maximizing productivity by letting each individual use their personal strengths to the benefit of the group was something I found extremely valuable. Getting the hands on experience with dissecting the remote control car was also useful, providing insight into how consumer grade mass produced products are constructed.