The engineering process is a series of steps that engineers employ to solve a problem. This includes identifying the goal, determining constraints, designing, building and testing. This is a vital aspect of every project at TWI and assists us in ensuring that our projects meet the highest performance and safety standards. This is particularly crucial for New York City projects as they must meet strict requirements.

In this stage students look into the issue they’re facing in order to understand what the problem is and collect data. This is an open, student-centered approach to science that redirects classes away from traditional teaching.

At this moment, students brainstorm ideas for how they can solve the issue. This can be accomplished using whiteboards, software or even discussions. Some ideas might not be successful, but that’s OK because it gives them the opportunity to test different ideas and find an alternative.

After analyzing the results of their research and brainstorming, the team chooses a solution to design and build. This can be printed on paper, using the aid of CAD software or a prototype that could be physical or virtual. This is an excellent step for students as they can design a tangible prototype that will allow them to test out their ideas.

Here is where engineers have to be mindful because they are subject to constraints such as time costs, tools, and resources. Engineers must also be aware that their solutions must be safe and efficient so they can be used in the real world.