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When it comes to the field of science, the discipline that excites us the most is engineering. It is no wonder why people become so passionate about their engineering projects. However, most people think that engineers are highly scientific people, working in labs or writing down complex math equations on a chalkboard.

Engineering is much broader and more accessible than you might think. The actual definition of this subject is “the branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, machines, and structures.”  Thus, almost anything can fall into this category.

Do you want to build a birdhouse? That’s engineering.

Do you want to program an alarm clock? That’s engineering.

Almost any type of building or construction project you can imagine is part of this subject, which is why we love it so much.

To help you get involved in engineering, we’ve compiled a list of projects based on the level and category of engineering.

1. Projects For Kids 2. Projects For Teens 3. Projects For Beginners 4. Projects For Experts 5. Mechanical Engineering Projects 6. Electrical Engineering Projects 7. Projects For Middle School Classrooms 8. Projects For Highschool Classrooms

No matter your skill level, age, or interest, you’re sure to find a project that captures your attention. Let’s see what we’ve found.

Projects For Kids (12 & Under)

Most children have a good idea of what they want to be when they grow up, but a lot of them are still trying to figure out what fields are the most interesting. Thus, the earlier that you can get your kids started on engineering projects, the better chance that they will want to become one in the future.

Fortunately, creating an interest in engineering is a relatively simple task. These top three projects are sure to get your kids on board, even if they don’t seem too interested in the first place. Once they get started, they will see that engineering is both exciting and fun!

Building a Crash Test Car

The egg-drop is a classic science project that most people have done at some point in their childhood. This kid’s engineering project takes that concept to another level by putting the egg in a crash car vs dropping it from a roof.

You will learn how to create a set of wheels along with some other basic engineering principles.

Once you have built your test car, create a track with different conditions to test how much of an impact your egg can handle (FYI this could get messy).

Electromagnetic Train

Compared to the other options on this list, making this kind of “train” will involve buying some specialized supplies, like neodymium magnets. Fortunately, it’s so easy to purchase these things online, so don’t think that you have to scour hobby stores or anything to find them.

What’s cool about this project is that it shows how invisible forces can affect physical objects. Although we can’t see magnetism in action, we can look at its effects, making it seem a lot more tangible.

Home Made Wiggle Bot

Learn how to create a simple robot that can draw its own designs! This project will introduce the builder to components like a DC motor and batteries.

Projects For Teens

While the projects we listed above are perfect for kids of any age, teenagers will generally want to do things that are a little more involved. Thus, when your child is ready to take things up a notch, you can start with these creative engineering projects.

100-Yard Paper Rocket Launcher

Who doesn’t love rockets?? This engineering project is really easy to build and is A LOT of fun once it is built. The challenging part of this project is getting your rocket to reach over 50 feet. To make your rocket high-performing, you will need to design it to near perfection. Otherwise, any tiny imperfections will set your rocket of course and crashing into the ground.

Trip Wire Alarm

Although you probably don’t have to worry much about intruders invading your space, building a trip wire alarm is a lot of fun. Also, you can sleep soundly knowing that any potential invaders will be met with a nasty surprise. The best thing about this project is that you can customize it based on your skill level.

Arduino Skateboard Speedometer

Sure you could probably use an apple watch to track the speed on your skateboard BUT that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be cool to build one yourself.

Learn how to build a speedometer/tachometer for any type of vehicle (or board).

This project is great for anyone that skateboards and wants to show off their tech side.

Projects For Beginners

Technically speaking, any of the projects we’ve already listed are great for beginners, but if you mastered all of them already and you’re still looking for something a little more challenging but still at the beginner level, take a shot at building these items as well.

Simple Circuit Pizza Box

When it comes to electrical engineering, you need to know the basics of how electricity works. Building a simple circuit will provide a solid foundation upon which to develop more complex projects in the future. Best of all, this tutorial shows you how to do this without having to buy items like a breadboard or do any kind of programming. All you need is a pizza box and some other household items, and you’ll be ready to go.

Fruit Clock

If you have fruit that’s sitting around your house going to waste, why not turn it into something more practical? Fruit clocks are another excellent way to understand how electricity works and how it can impact your engineering projects. Plus, it can serve as a great conversation starter.

7 Arduino Projects For Beginners

The worst feeling is starting a project and realizing you are so in over your head you will spend the next 6 months just trying to understand the introduction. There is a natural progression of learning that will make engineering projects more fun.

In this article, we will cover how to build these projects using an Arduino board to accomplish some pretty cool things like a motion detector, keypad lock, and more!

7 Arduino Projects For Beginners

Projects For Experts

Once you’ve managed to get a handle on the basics, it’s time to spread your wings and see what else you can do. These projects are definitely on the complicated side of things, but they will show you what’s possible when you have a thirst for knowledge and time to build anything you can imagine.

Pressure Activated Light-Up Umbrella

Imagine walking down the street and having an umbrella that lights up in the spot that feels the pressure of rain?! This project will be a show stopper and challenge your engineering skills. In this project, you will have the opportunity to practice how to program code, secure electrical circuits, and solder.

Secret Knock Detecting Door Lock

Not only can you have a secret code for your bedroom but now you can have a secret knock detecting lock on your door! What is cool about this project is that if you turn the precision up all the way it can detect the same knock from different people.

DIY Fingerprint Scanning Garage Door Opener

One day this will be the future so why not be ahead of the curve? Creating a fingerprint scanner for your garage door is complex but you were the one that is interested in an engineering project for an “expert”.

You will have to do some soldering, wiring, uploading code to an Arduino, and circuit board construction.

Just imagine when you have guests over next time and show them your James Bond side.

Mechanical Engineering Projects

Building machines is a great way to experience engineering, and these projects will show you how to do that and more. Compared to other disciplines, mechanical engineering is probably the most fun and rewarding, and it doesn’t take too much technical expertise.

Wall-Climbing Robot

The ultimate engineering project is building a high-functioning robot, and this one is both simple enough to create yet sophisticated enough to be a challenge. Watching your robot scale your home like it’s nothing will make you feel like you can conquer the world!

Remote-Controlled Mini Forklift

While building a functioning machine is great, taking it a step further by adding a remote control allows you to take your skills to the next level. While this tutorial is for a forklift, we encourage you to try other vehicles, like cars and planes, to further expand on this foundation. The sky could literally be the limit.

Arduino Candy Machine

In this project, you will use an Arduino to control a candy-grabbing machine. This machine is the desktop version of the candy grabbing carnival machine. Put your skills mechanical engineering skills to the test by building a candy machine for your house!

Arduino Candy Machine

Electrical Engineering Projects

Considering that the world runs on electricity, it makes sense to do projects that require a bit of energy to work. We’re all connected to our electronics, so why not make some of your own? Here are the best projects that will get you going.

Chapstick Flashlight

Building such a small device will show you how you can shrink complex systems down. Once you’ve created this, you can see if other projects can be made small as well. Why go big when you can make everything pocket-sized?

Chapstick Flashlight

At first, this project will seem massively complicated, but the fact is that it takes a variety of simple functions and has them work together to achieve a specific goal. Once you’ve succeeded in building your own radar, you will be inspired to see what other projects you can master.

DIY Arduino Fire Alarm System

Build your Fire Alarm System at home with Arduino UNO. In this tutorial, you will learn all steps to DIY  Arduino fire alert system by yourself. In this project, we need IR based flame sensor to detect firelight, and it gives a signal to Arduino where buzzer connected to provide us with the output as fire alert.

Projects For Middle School Classrooms

Learning is great when you can do it with other people, and projects for the classroom can be so much fun and rewarding for everyone involved. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Air Monitoring Balloon

With this project, students can be placed into teams to collect CO concentration in different areas. It is a fun project that introduces components like a sensor called MQ7. This sensor collects data about CO concentration in the air.

Simple Powered Car

This project is an old fashion project but has survived the tail of time. Why? Because it can be done from just about anywhere with any type of budget. It is a basic engineering project so it will be able to be simple enough to students that may not be familiar with any understanding of power.

Projects For High School Classrooms

High schoolers are starting to understand a lot more about how things work, which is why your projects should take things up a notch. These options will illustrate some of the more complex systems in engineering and make them a lot more accessible.

PC-based Heart Rate Monitor

Mixing health and STEM education is something that you should always think about when talking about career niches for students. Both industries are booming and show no sign of slowing down.

In this project build a heart rate monitor and then have students test each other’s heart rate. Find the issues and encourage students to work through the troubleshooting process.

Create A Class Vending Machine

Imagine building and owning your own class vending machine? Encourage students to build, stock, and sell items from the machine to fund future class projects. This way everyone can be involved even if they aren’t the best one to lead the programming of the machine.

Projects For Schools, Makerspaces, Libraries, and Clubs

All of these projects are great projects but it may be difficult to find a packaged product that has components, instructions, video tutorials, and a turnkey grading system. That is why we created the Creation Crate Classroom Kit .

The kit has 12 projects that make up a project-based STEM curriculum. You will find an online classroom that also holds learning material and grading assessments for teachers to follow.

Closing Statement

Overall, engineering is a fun and engaging discipline that takes all kinds. If you’re interested in getting involved at home, try Creation Crate today. We have a 12-month curriculum full of fun and exciting projects like these, so contact us to get started!

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Engineering education is a dynamic blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application. Mini projects stand as a cornerstone of this learning journey, offering students a chance to bridge the gap between classroom concepts and real-world scenarios. These projects not only nurture creativity and problem-solving skills but also provide a platform to dive into various engineering disciplines.

In this blog, we’re excited to present a curated list of more than awesome mini project ideas for engineering students. Ranging across diverse domains, these ideas promise to ignite curiosity, enhance technical prowess, and encourage hands-on exploration. Whether you’re an electrical enthusiast, a computer science prodigy, a mechanical maven, or an aspiring civil engineer, there’s a project idea here for you.

What is Mini Project in Engineering?

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A mini project in engineering is a small-scale hands-on task that students undertake to apply the concepts they’ve learned in their studies. It’s like a practical experiment where they work on a real-world challenge, building something or solving a problem using engineering principles. Mini projects help students bridge the gap between theory and practice, allowing them to gain valuable skills, enhance creativity, and get a taste of what working as an engineer might be like. These projects can cover various fields, such as electronics, software, mechanics, or even environmental issues, providing a practical and fun way to learn and explore.

Purpose of Mini-Projects for Engineering Students

Mini projects hold a crucial role in the academic curriculum of engineering students. They serve several valuable purposes, contributing to holistic skill development and knowledge enhancement. Here are some key reasons why mini-projects are essential for engineering students:

Application of Theory

Mini projects provide a platform for students to practically apply the theoretical concepts they have learned in their lectures. This application enhances their understanding of the subject matter and promotes deeper learning.

Problem-Solving Skills

Engineering is all about problem-solving. Mini projects expose students to real-world challenges, encouraging them to think critically and come up with innovative solutions.

Hands-On Experience

These projects offer a hands-on experience of working with tools, technologies, and equipment that are commonly used in the industry. This practical exposure is invaluable for future engineering careers.

Teamwork and Collaboration

Many mini projects are designed to be completed in teams. This promotes teamwork, collaboration, and effective communication among students – essential skills for any engineering job.

Time Management

Mini projects have deadlines, helping students develop time management skills as they need to balance their project work with other academic commitments.

Portfolio Building

Successful completion of mini-projects allows students to build a portfolio showcasing their practical skills and projects, which can be beneficial for job applications.

Exploration of Interests

Mini projects often allow students to choose projects aligned with their interests, helping them explore potential career paths within engineering.

Mini Project Ideas For Engineering Students

Here are some mini project ideas for engineering students: 

1. Smart Home Automation System

Create a system that allows users to control household appliances remotely through a mobile app or voice commands.

2. Solar-Powered Phone Charger

Design a portable charger that uses solar panels to recharge mobile devices, perfect for eco-friendly charging on the go.

3. Bluetooth-Based Health Monitoring System

Develop a wearable device that measures vital signs and sends data to a smartphone app via Bluetooth for health tracking. This is one of the major mini project ideas for engineering students.

4. Gesture-Controlled Robot

Build a robot that can be controlled using hand gestures, providing a hands-free way to navigate and interact with its surroundings.

5. Automated Plant Watering System

Construct a system that monitors soil moisture levels and waters plants automatically, ensuring optimal growth and hydration.

6. Home Security System with Intruder Detection

A home security system is one of the important mini project ideas for engineering students. Design a security system with motion sensors and cameras that send alerts to the user’s phone when suspicious activity is detected.

7. Traffic Density Analyzer

Create a system that uses image processing to analyze traffic density and provides real-time data to commuters.

8. Voice-Activated Home Assistant

Build a voice-controlled assistant that can answer questions, set reminders, and control smart devices around the house.

9. Virtual Reality (VR) Tour of Historical Sites

Develop a VR experience that allows users to explore historical landmarks and sites from the comfort of their homes.

10. Smart Mirror

Construct a mirror that displays real-time information like weather, calendar events, and news headlines. This is one of the best mini project ideas for engineering students. 

11. Automated Pet Feeder

Design a device that dispenses food for pets at scheduled times, even when the owner is away.

12. Home Energy Monitoring System

Create a system that monitors and displays energy consumption in real time, helping users make informed decisions about energy usage.

13. QR Code-Based Campus Navigation

Develop an app that uses QR codes placed around the campus to guide users to different buildings and locations.

14. Weather Station with Data Logging

Build a weather station that records temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure, storing data for analysis.

15. Smart Dustbin with Segregation

Design a smart dustbin that uses sensors to sort recyclable and non-recyclable waste, promoting eco-friendly waste disposal.

16. Automatic Library Book Locator

The automatic library book locator is one of the exciting mini project ideas for engineering students. Create a system that uses RFID tags to help users locate books within a library easily.

17. Voice-Controlled Car

Build a miniature car that responds to voice commands for various functions like forward, backward, left, and right.

18. Remote-Controlled Quadcopter

Construct a quadcopter that can be controlled remotely, exploring aerial photography and navigation.

19. Home Garden Automation System

Design a system that monitors and controls irrigation, lighting, and temperature for a home garden.

20. RFID-Based Attendance System

Develop a system that uses RFID cards to automate attendance tracking in classrooms or offices.

21. Biometric Door Lock

Create a door lock system that uses fingerprint or facial recognition for enhanced security.

22. Morse Code Translator

Build a device that translates text into Morse code and vice versa, teaching users this historical communication method.

23. Voice-Controlled Music Player

Design a music player that changes tracks, adjusts volume, and plays specific songs in response to voice commands.

24. Arduino-Based Game

Develop a simple electronic game using Arduino, providing entertainment and hands-on coding experience. This is one of the key mini project ideas for engineering students.

25. GPS-Based Navigation System

Create a navigation system that guides users to a destination using GPS and displays real-time directions.

26. Smart Water Quality Monitoring System

Build a device that measures water quality parameters like pH, turbidity, and temperature, transmitting data to a mobile app.

27. E-Commerce Price Comparison App

Develop a mobile app that scans barcodes and compares prices of products across different online stores.

28. Home Workout Assistant

Home Workout Assistant is one of the well-known mini project ideas for engineering students. Design an app or device that guides users through home workouts, tracking progress and suggesting exercises.

29. Language Translation Device

Create a handheld device that can translate spoken language in real-time, aiding communication between different language speakers.

30. Gesture-Controlled Prosthetic Hand

Build a prosthetic hand that can be controlled using hand gestures, offering amputees a more intuitive and natural way to interact.

31. Smart Parking System

Design a system that uses sensors to identify available parking spots and guides drivers to vacant spaces.

32. Automated Greenhouse System

Create an automated greenhouse with sensors that maintain ideal conditions for plant growth, controlling factors like temperature, humidity, light, and soil moisture.

33. Smart Traffic Light Control System

Design a traffic light system that optimizes flow using real-time data, adjusting light durations based on traffic patterns to alleviate congestion.

120 Mini Project Ideas For Engineering Students

Here are a few more specific mini project ideas for engineering students:

  • Bluetooth-Based Attendance System
  • Voice-Controlled Home Automation
  • IoT-Based Water Quality Monitoring
  • Face Recognition Door Lock
  • Smart Waste Management System
  • Automated Railway Crossing System
  • Mobile Controlled Robot
  • Voice-Activated Alarm Clock
  • Solar-Powered Water Heater
  • Home Energy Management System
  • GPS-Based Fleet Tracking
  • Smart Bicycle Lock
  • Gesture-Controlled Drone
  • Biometric ATM System
  • Touchless Hand Sanitizer Dispenser
  • RFID-Based Inventory Management
  • Smart Wearable for Senior Citizens
  • Pollution Monitoring System
  • Smart Agriculture System
  • RFID-Based Toll Collection
  • Voice-Controlled Home Security
  • Solar-Powered Air Conditioning
  • Smart Helmet for Bike Riders
  • IoT-Based Smart Vending Machine
  • Home Automation with Face Recognition
  • Remote-Controlled Lawn Mower
  • Gesture-Controlled PC
  • IoT-Based Air Quality Monitoring
  • Water Level Monitoring System
  • Voice-Activated Light Switch
  • Smart Shopping Cart
  • Automated Pet Grooming System
  • RFID-Based Access Control
  • Gesture-Controlled Robotic Arm
  • Smart Water Heater Control
  • IoT-Based Smart Mirror
  • Face Recognition Attendance System
  • Voice-Controlled Home Theater
  • RFID-Based Smart Locker System
  • Smart Food Ordering System
  • Automatic Street Light Control
  • Home Automation with IoT
  • Voice-Controlled Garage Door Opener
  • IoT-Based Smart Parking
  • Gesture-Controlled Home Appliances
  • RFID-Based Smart Museum Guide
  • Smart Refrigerator
  • Voice-Activated Temperature Control
  • IoT-Based Plant Monitoring
  • Automated Pet Surveillance
  • Solar-Powered Street Lighting
  • Gesture-Controlled Gaming Console
  • Smart Bicycle Tracker
  • Voice-Controlled Home Brewery
  • IoT-Based Smart Greenhouse
  • RFID-Based Smart Shopping Cart
  • Smart Geyser Control System
  • Automated Plant Health Monitoring
  • Solar-Powered Water Pump
  • Gesture-Controlled Home Lighting
  • IoT-Based Smart Locker System
  • RFID-Based Asset Tracking
  • Voice-Controlled Garage Security
  • Smart Water Purifier
  • Automated Greenhouse Irrigation
  • Solar-Powered Irrigation System
  • Gesture-Controlled Drone Photography
  • IoT-Based Waste Sorting
  • RFID-Based School Attendance
  • Voice-Activated Coffee Maker
  • Smart Fish Tank
  • Automated Home Brewery
  • Solar-Powered Air Purifier
  • Gesture-Controlled Smart Glasses
  • IoT-Based Home Safety
  • RFID-Based Library Management
  • Voice-Controlled Smart Garden
  • Smart Beehive Monitoring
  • Automated Plant Fertilization
  • Solar-Powered Ventilation System
  • Gesture-Controlled Virtual Keyboard
  • IoT-Based Smart Backpack
  • RFID-Based Luggage Tracking
  • Voice-Activated Car Security
  • Smart Bird Feeder
  • Automated Pet Entertainment
  • Solar-Powered Fan
  • Gesture-Controlled TV Remote
  • IoT-Based Smart Bike Lock
  • RFID-Based Museum Exhibit Control
  • Voice-Controlled Fan Speed
  • Smart Dog Collar
  • Automated Plant Pruning
  • Solar-Powered Water Fountain
  • Gesture-Controlled Camera
  • IoT-Based Smart Home Office
  • RFID-Based Smart Warehouse
  • Voice-Activated Mood Lighting
  • Smart Cat Feeder
  • Automated Pet Health Monitoring
  • Solar-Powered Battery Charger
  • Gesture-Controlled AR/VR System
  • IoT-Based Smart Music Player
  • RFID-Based Document Tracking
  • Voice-Controlled Thermostat
  • Smart Aquarium
  • Automated Plant Pest Control
  • Solar-Powered Outdoor Heater
  • Gesture-Controlled Smart Watch
  • IoT-Based Smart Doorbell
  • RFID-Based Asset Inventory
  • Voice-Activated Pet Toys
  • Smart Plant Growth Chamber
  • Automated Home Composting
  • Solar-Powered Water Heater Controller
  • Gesture-Controlled Light Art Installation
  • IoT-Based Smart Fitness Tracker
  • RFID-Based Event Management System
  • Voice-Controlled Plant Watering System
  • Smart Plant Disease Detection

Mini projects are an integral part of an engineering student’s journey. They serve as a bridge between theoretical knowledge and practical application, fostering critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and hands-on skills. By engaging in these mini project ideas for engineering students not only enhances their academic learning but also prepares themselves for the challenges, they will face in their future engineering careers. 

However, the diverse range of mini project ideas across different engineering disciplines ensures that students can explore their interests and gain exposure to various fields, ultimately becoming well-rounded and capable engineers. So, embrace these mini projects as opportunities for growth, innovation, and a deeper understanding of the fascinating world of engineering.

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Top 10 Interesting Engineering Projects Ideas & Topics in 2024

Top 10 Interesting Engineering Projects Ideas & Topics in 2024

Greetings, fellow engineers! As someone deeply immersed in the world of innovation and problem-solving, I’m excited to share some captivating engineering project ideas for 2024. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working on numerous projects that pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in engineering.  

The demand for innovative solutions to complex challenges is ever-present in today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or an aspiring engineer, exploring new project ideas can ignite creativity and spark inspiration.  

In this article, I’ll draw from my own experiences and insights to present a curated list of top 10 engineering project ideas for 2024. From cutting-edge advancements in renewable energy to revolutionary developments in robotics and artificial intelligence, these projects promise to captivate your imagination and drive meaningful impact. Let’s embark on this journey of exploration and innovation together!  

Tips for Selecting Science Project Work

Before you dive into a particular project ideas for engineering students spend some time charting out the fundamentals. Here is a summary of the steps you must follow during the ideation, implementation, and post-completion phases. 

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Explore your interest areas

Start the journey by looking at your interests. That means searching topics within the realm of science that intrigue you the most. Is it entirely biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, environmental science, or something else? Choosing a project that aligns with your passions will make the process more enjoyable and engaging.

Define a Clear Objective

Before settling on a project, establish a clear objective. What do you want to achieve with your project? Whether exploring a specific scientific phenomenon, answering a research question, or solving a practical problem, having a well-defined goal will guide your project’s direction.

Consider Feasibility

Assess the resources available – time, materials, equipment, and expertise. Make sure that your chosen project is realistic within your constraints. A project that’s too ambitious might lead to frustration, while one that’s too simple might not offer enough depth.

Research Existing Work

Conduct thorough research to understand what’s already been done in your chosen area of interest. This will help you avoid duplicating existing work and give you insights into gaps or opportunities for further exploration.

Brainstorm Ideas

Generate a list of potential project ideas for engineering students. Consider your questions about the natural World or problems you’d like to solve. Brainstorming allows you to explore various options before narrowing down to the most compelling idea.

Focus on Originality

While it’s important to research existing work, strive to bring originality to your project. Look for ways to approach a topic from a new angle, add a unique twist, or combine different areas of science to create something novel.

Consider Relevance

Select a engineering project ideas that has relevance and real-world implications. Projects that address current issues, like environmental concerns or medical advancements, tend to have greater impact and significance.

Testable Hypothesis

Formulate a clear and testable hypothesis for your project. A hypothesis is a statement that predicts the outcome of your experiment or investigation. It serves as the foundation of your project’s methodology and analysis.

Plan Your Experiment

Design a detailed plan for conducting your experiment or investigation. Outline the materials you’ll need, the procedure you’ll follow, and the data you’ll collect. A well-structured experiment ensures accurate results and a smoother project experience.

Seek Guidance

Consult with teachers, mentors, or experts in the field. Their insights can help refine your project idea, guide experimental design, and offer valuable feedback.

Embrace Challenges

Science projects for engineering students often come with unexpected challenges and setbacks. Embrace these as learning opportunities. Problem-solving and adapting to unforeseen circumstances are valuable skills in the World of science.

Ethical Considerations

If your project involves human subjects, animals, or potentially hazardous materials, ensure that you adhere to ethical guidelines and obtain any necessary permissions or approvals.

Keep a Detailed Record

Maintain a thorough lab notebook or project journal to document every step of your project – from initial ideas and experimental setups to results and conclusions. This documentation is crucial for presenting your work and validating your findings.

Analyze Results

Once your experiment is complete, analyze the data you’ve collected. Interpret the results in the context of your hypothesis and draw meaningful conclusions.

Communicate Your Findings

Present your innovative project ideas for engineering students findings through a report, presentation, or poster. Effective communication of your work is essential for sharing your discoveries and insights with others.

Top 10 Engineering Projects in 2024

1. electronics.

Electronics projects deal with circuits, resistors, microcontrollers, etc. You can find many examples of electronic appliances that are integrated with emerging technology features. For instance, you may come across a speed detecting device that flashes a laser beam when a vehicle exceeds the predetermined limit. Or a device that can track electricity usage and send updates to your smartphone via SMS. If you are into data authentication, you can build a biometric system that confirms user IDs based on their fingerprint. 

You can also choose a topic depending upon the industry or sector, such as:

  • Agriculture:  Powered tiller and weeder for farms; Android-based monitoring device for greenhouse environments; tracking system for solar panels.
  • Biomedical:  Heart rate and temperature monitoring device for patients; Bluetooth or WiFi transmission device for ECG signals.
  • Spatial/Locational:  Arduino-based GPS tracker; remotely operated vehicles.
  • Home assistance:  Door locking system through password mechanism; home appliances Control through a smartphone; water level indicators for tanks.

2. Mechanical

These projects span across automation, mechatronics, and robotics, sometimes requiring cross-disciplinary knowledge. You can discover standard applications in the following areas:

  • Energy and Environment:  Wind and solar power charging station, Food shredder compost machine. 
  • Home appliances:  Air purifier and humidifier; solar water heater; mattress deep cleaning device.
  • Manufacturing:  Wireless material handling system; automatic hydraulic jack; automobile prototyping.
  • Ecommerce:  Automatic sorting system using images; theft-proof delivery robot.

Additionally, you can delve into the world of three-dimensional objects and computer-aided design with 3D printers. Building a 3D printer from scratch will bring a practical dimension to your knowledge of additive manufacturing, CAD models, RAMPS Boards, SMPS and Motor Drivers, Arduino Programming, etc. 

3. Robotics

Robotics is a multidisciplinary field specializing in electronics, mechanical engineering, and artificial intelligence technologies. It is expected to transform lives and how we work in the recent future. To stay one step ahead of the change, you can try out any of the following project ideas and master different robotics skills. 

  • Surveillance robot that captures live video footage and transmits to remote locations over the internet. 
  • Mobile-controlled robotic arm with multiple degrees of freedom.
  • A voice-controlled robot that uses speech recognition, android app development, Bluetooth communication, and Arduino programming to perform specific tasks.
  • An intelligent robot that can solve a problem, such as come out of a maze puzzle.
  • A fire-fighting robot, equipped with digital IR sensors and a DC fan, detects the fire and moves to put it off. 

4. Machine Learning

Machine Learning (ML) projects can help you gain conceptual clarity and hands-on experience in applying Mean Squared Error Function, Update Function, Linear Regression , Gaussian Naive Bayes Algorithm , Confusion Matrix, Tensor Flow & Keras Libraries, Clustering, among other things. 

  • Sentiment analysis (using text mining and computational linguistics) to uncover customer options and market trends.
  • Credit Card fraud detection project using ML algorithms and Python language. 
  • A recommendation engine that suggests movie titles based on a user’s viewing history.
  • Handwritten digit organizer that applies deep learning like convolutional neural networks.

5. Data Science and Analytics

Budding data scientists can choose from various projects and tutorials to learn web scraping , data cleaning, exploratory data analysis or EDA, data visualization , etc. 

Below are some examples: 

  • Web scraping project uses Scrapy or Beautiful Soup to crawl public data sets on the internet for relevant insights.
  • Data scrubbing project that introduces you to the fundamentals of removing incorrect and duplicate data, managing gaps, and ensuring consistent formatting.
  • EDA project where you ask questions about the data, discover its underlying structure, look for patterns and anomalies, test hypotheses, validate assumptions, and so on. 
  • A visualization and manipulation project using R and its various packages. 

 6. Computer Vision

Computer Vision is a subfield of Artificial Intelligence, encompassing object recognition, image processing, facial recognition , among other things. You can develop a text scanner with optical character recognition capabilities and display the text on a screen. Or build an intelligent selfie device that takes snaps when you smile and stores them on your smartphone. 

Free tools like  Lobe  can help you select the right architecture for Computer Vision projects involving image classification. Once you have trained the model, deploying it on a website only takes a few simple steps.

7. Internet of Things (IoT)

Budding software professionals can implement several projects to gain familiarity with IoT concepts and applications, Arduino architecture and programming, interfacing and calibrating sensors, and integration of cloud platforms.

Consider these two examples:

  • Smart Building Project:  You can develop a system that senses the number of occupants to switch the lights on or off automatically. You can further analyze the usage of rooms, occupancy at different times of the day, and the total power consumed.
  • Automated Street Lighting:  Here, you build a public street lighting system capable of adjusting according to the amount of sunlight present. It is an energy-efficient solution that sends data to a cloud for storage and analysis.

8. Python Projects

Python has extensive use cases spanning web development , data science, and machine learning. Beginner programmers can hone their python language skills with the following project ideas:

  • QR code generation encodes data like contact details, YouTube links, app download links, digital transaction details, etc. 
  • GUI application using Tkinter that you can use to generate the calendar for any year. 
  • An application that converts images into pencil sketches with the aid of the OpenCV library.

9. Android App Projects

As advanced mobile technologies gain prominence across global markets, Android app development is necessary from a tech career perspective. Engineering projects can bring you up to speed with Java, Firebase, networking basics, and the launch process on Playstore. You can start your quest with any of these platforms.

  • Flutter Project: Learn to build apps for authentication activities using the Dart programming language.
  • Android Studio Project: Try your hand at creating online stores, fitness apps, social media apps, etc.

10. Cloud Computing 

The possibilities for cloud computing projects are endless: Bring software development and IT operations together with a DevOps project , or host static websites on the Amazon Web Service (AWS) or Azure platforms. With regular practice, you can move on to building dynamic websites and go serverless with your applications and services. Since cloud computing is among India’s leading technology skills, pursuing project work on this topic will give you an edge in job applications as well.

Other Engineering Projects

Civil engineers and architects can also utilize projects to combine domain knowledge with smart technologies and project management tools. Such projects typically train you in 3D modeling, rendering techniques, critical path method, project budgeting techniques, etc. 

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Wrapping up

I’ve compiled some exciting engineering project ideas for you to explore. Consider upskilling with upGrad’s online courses to implement industry projects and build a stellar portfolio, setting yourself apart from the competition. For instance, the Full stack Development Program from Purdue University offers comprehensive training for mastering the intricacies of full-stack development and building complete applications.  

Don’t hesitate. Choose the right program and embark on your learning journey today!  

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Put engineering in the spotlight and celebrate Engineers Week with great hands-on projects and activities like the 16 STEM ideas listed below for K-12 students:

  • Balloon-Powered Car Challenge
  • Keeping You in Suspens(ion)
  • Build a Bathtub Toy Raft Powered by Surface Tension
  • Get Crafty — Create Your Own Durable Paper Doll
  • Build a Brushbot
  • How Does a Hovercraft Hover?
  • How Low Can It Go? Design a Kite that Flies Best in Low Winds
  • Build a Zippy Line-following Robot (BlueBot Project #3)
  • Explore Optical Illusions: Build an Infinity Mirror
  • Building Structures: It's a Slippery Slope
  • How Much Weight Can Aluminum Foil Boats Float?
  • Flippy, the Dancing Robot
  • Bottled-up Buoyancy
  • Electric Play Dough Project 1: Make Your Play Dough Light Up & Buzz!
  • Dome Sweet Dome
  • Crash! Can Cell Phones Survive a Drop Test?

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All of the projects and activities highlighted above can be fun and educational choices for hands-on engineering during Engineers Week. The Science Buddies Engineering Challenge is also a great way to get students excited about engineering! Learn more about the Science Buddies Engineering Challenge .

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The feats of engineering that dazzled us in 2021

The Best of What’s New in engineering helps us adapt to the realities of an ever-changing world.

By Andrew Rosenblum | Published Dec 2, 2021 1:00 PM EST

It's the Best of What's New.

From deadly floods in Queens, New York, to a deep-freeze in Texas, the climate crisis is banging on the US’s front door. This year’s top engineering innovations reflect a growing awareness that crucial industries like construction and shipping can no longer conduct business as usual. These honorees answer some of the burning questions about the future of a burning planet, including how to address tough-to-decarbonize realms like food and energy production. Outside of just green tech advancements, these technologies reveal safer ways to mine, introduce AI that can untangle hidden mysteries of DNA’s structure, and provide a much-needed dose of high-flying fun. 

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Grand Award Winner: Steel with a smaller fossil footprint

Super strong steel shouldn’t have to be a greenhouse gas nightmare.

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Steelmaking yields between seven and nine percent of the world’s carbon emissions , mostly due to a specially processed type of coal called “coke.” At temperatures as high as 3,000°F, coke reacts with oxygen in iron ore, purifying the metal into a form needed to make steel—but belching carbon dioxide in the process. To reduce the footprint, a Swedish industrial consortium developed Hybrit, a steel whose production taps hydrogen, rather than carbon, to transform iron ore. The hydrogen, freed from water, reacts with the oxygen in ore in a machine called a shaft furnace, heated to 1,500*F with fossil-free wind energy and hydropower. The scheme releases hydrogen and water, instead of carbon dioxide, and the resulting “sponge iron” melts in an electric arc furnace with a small amount of carbon to create steel. Hybrit says the process has carbon dioxide emissions less than 2 percent of those from the standard coke-fueled regimen. This past summer, Volvo took delivery of the first batch of this “green steel” and used it to make a mining and quarrying vehicle .

A cleaner way to ship

Carbon-free ammonia could be to shipping what EVs are to driving.

ZEEDS Initiative

Container ships fuel our economy of cheap consumer goods, but create almost three percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.  Electric batteries don’t have the energy density to efficiently power the massive vessels—and plunking chargers in the middle of the ocean is pretty much impossible. This year, Finnish engine maker Wärtsilä teamed up with the Norwegian logistics giant Grieg to bet on carbon-free ammonia to propel future ships. Powered by a Norwegian wind farm, engineers will use electrolysis to create hydrogen gas that reacts with nitrogen in a factory to create ammonia.  Wärtsilä already completed an engine burning a mix of 70 percent ammonia , and is planning a pure ammonia version to deploy in a tanker in 2024.

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Vertical Oceans

Global hunger for farmed shrimp has destroyed some 3.4 million acres of mangrove forests since 1980, mostly in Southeast Asia. Tearing apart those carbon-absorbing ecosystems gives the practice a footprint higher than dairy cattle, pigs, or chicken . Disease outbreaks and waterways choked with waste also plague the industry. The “Vertical Oceans” model takes the whole operation indoors. The shellfish live in modular school-bus sized tanks, and algae, seaweed, and bottom-feeding fish filter out waste. This way, nearly 100 percent of the water gets recirculated, and there is no need for a sewer. A prototype in Singapore delivered 10 harvests of shrimp this year, totaling more than a ton of crustaceans.

A bridge that spots its flaws

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It’s not entirely clear what caused the 2018 collapse of the Genoa bridge in Italy that killed 43 people . Experts theorize that heavy traffic loads, and corrosion from salty air, factory pollution, and high-rising river waters all played a part. So after Genoa-born architect Renzo Piano designed a replacement, a variety of automatic sensing features were added to detect faults. A pair of two-ton inspection bots traverse the bridge on a carbon composite track, taking 25,000 photos of the undercarriage every eight hours , which allows machine vision software to spot any anomalies. Solar panels meet 95 percent of the bridge’s energy demands, including for lighting and sensors that check for dangerous joint expansion.

The first sea-bound floating rollercoaster

If cruises don’t make you motion sick, give the BOLT a whirl.

Carnival Cruise Line

Normal roller coasters use gravity to send thrill-seekers zooming and looping. But if you want to build a ride on a cruise ship—where stable, level ground is far from guaranteed—you have to get creative. Carnival Cruise Line’s BOLT coaster uses electricity to power its wee motorcycle-esque cars along a long, looping track. Riders control the speed, up to 40 mph, and travel 187 feet above sea level. Using the motor for propulsion, rather than steep freefalls, prevents the experience from reaching unsafe speeds.

Batteries that could make dirty electricity obsolete

A breathing alternative to expensive batteries.

Form Energy

To maintain fully renewable grids, utilities need big, inexpensive batteries to meet peak demand when the wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining. But, the lithium-ion cells inside laptops and EVs are expensive. So Form Energy has pioneered a new and highly efficient battery chemistry based on one of the most abundant metals in the Earth: iron. The company’s “Big Jim” prototype discharges electrons by reacting ambient oxygen with iron, creating rust. Inbound electrical current turns the rust back into iron, releasing oxygen, and recharging the battery. Environmental engineers say a battery that runs at $20 per kilowatt-hour is the magic number for utilities to say goodbye to coal and natural gas—which is where Form Energy hopes to price Big Jim’s final product.

AI that predicts the 3D structure of proteins

Bioengineers and doctors can now see the actual structure of thousands of human DNA proteins.

Before this year, science knew the exact 3D shape of only 17 percent of the proteins in the human body—essential components of life responsible for everything from cell maintenance to waste regulation . Understanding how these chains of amino acids pretzel themselves into unique configurations has been something of a holy grail for 50 years . AlphaFold, a machine learning algorithm, has now cracked the structures of more than 98 percent of the 20,000 proteins in the human body—with 36 percent of its predictions accurate down to the atomic level. DeepMind has put its source code and database of predictions in the public domain, opening up new possibilities for those developing new medications, doctors trying to create inhibitors for pathogenic mutations, or designers developing new materials.

Using the sky as an air conditioner

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Air conditioners and fans already consume 10 percent of the world’s electricity, and AC use is projected to triple by the year 2050 , sucking up more energy and pushing heat back into the surrounding landscape. SkyCool is breaking this dangerous feedback loop with rooftop nanotech that reflects light. Coated with multiple layers of optical films , the aluminum-based panels bounce radiation at wavelengths between 8 and 13 micrometers, a specific spot that allows the waves to pass through Earth’s atmosphere and into space. In doing so, the panel temperatures decline by up to 15°F, offering emissions-free cooling to a building’s existing systems. A prototype installed last fall on a grocery store in Stockton, Calif., cooled water pipes beneath the panels to chill the store’s refrigeration system—saving an estimated $6,000 a year in electrical bills.

A pair of robotic hands for laying explosives

The Avatel lets miners do their job with a serious reduction in safety risk.

Mining is one of the world’s most dangerous industries , but those who have to blast the tunnels are particularly vulnerable—not necessarily from explosives, but from seismic activity or rock falls that occur while laying the charges. Like a jumbo version of Ripley’s power loader from Aliens , the Avatel robot allows a single employee to place explosive charges to access to the gold, copper, and iron ore. From a protected cabin, the miner manipulates a pair of arms to place explosives, while engineers and geologists back at the control room remotely offer real-time advice as conditions change. Once the charges are set, the driver moves the Avatel clear and wirelessly sends a signal to detonate.

A look into the eye of a hurricane

Storms are getting worse, but storm-tracking tech is getting better.

To understand how hurricanes intensify and better forecast future disasters, scientists need data about barometric pressure, air and water temperature, humidity, and wind conditions inside a raging storm. Powered by the sun and wind, the autonomous 23-foot Saildrone became the first-ever robotic vehicle to navigate into the eye of a hurricane this past September, when it entered the category 4 storm Hurricane Sam. With its instrument wing shortened to better endure extreme conditions, the Saildrone vessel offered first-of-its-kind footage and readings, all amid winds hitting 120 mph. Labs across the country are already putting this floating Swiss Army Knife, which offers data from the ocean’s surface missing from satellite imagery, to work: NASA to augment imperfect satellite readings and study climate change , and NOAA to survey the health of Alaskan pollock .   

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Reimagining engineering to deliver more projects, more efficiently

Build, build, build. That’s the order of the day to meet the world’s urgent demand for everything from battery factories and renewable-energy projects to energy-efficient work, housing, and transportation infrastructure. The energy transition alone requires an estimated $9.2 trillion in annual investment between now and 2050, with around $6.5 trillion projected for low-emission assets. 1 For more, see “ The net-zero transition: What it would cost, what it could bring ,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2022.

Is the engineering sector up to the task? If past performance is any indicator, not likely. Research confirms the widespread perception that capital projects consistently overrun on cost and schedule. 2 “ Capital investment is about to surge: Are your operations ready? ” McKinsey, April 7, 2022. Yet to achieve near-term climate commitments, for example, renewable-energy generation capacity would need to come to market at nearly triple the current rate—meaning that more than 520 gigawatts of solar and wind power would need to be installed annually during the current decade. 3 “ The energy transition: A region-by-region agenda for near-term action ,” McKinsey, December 15, 2022.

This is not a gap the world can afford in terms of time, money, or emissions.

Delivery challenges are compounded by a shortage of engineering talent. Just in the United States, there were about 400,000 vacancies in the architecture, engineering, and construction sector as of late 2023, while in the United Kingdom, vacancies in the sector have risen by about 50 percent since 2019. 4 NAICS 23, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2023; UK Job Vacancies (thousand): UK Office for National Statistics, January 2024; Jose Luis Blanco, David Rockhill, Aditya Sanghvi, and Alberto Torres, “ From start-up to scale-up: Accelerating growth in construction technology ,” McKinsey, May 3, 2023.

Despite the urgency, the engineering sector is up against a traditional business model that does not incentivize the level of transformation required. The usual compensation structure is based on hours and rates—therefore, inputs: the more inputs, the more revenue and margin. To achieve a step change in performance, incentives for both engineering and asset owners would need to realign around shared incentives and shared risk and reward.

This article explores seven disruptive features—and potential incentives to unlock a reimagined business model—that together could transform the sector, and its ability to create the built environment of the future.

A sector ripe for disruption

Despite the availability of some of the most cutting-edge digital tools since the 1980s, engineering remains largely unchanged in the way it works. Most projects are still organized by discipline (for example, civil, mechanical, and electrical), and inefficient work processes create an enormous amount of paperwork—even when digitized.

Agile software engineering at a glance

Inspired by agile software development, the engineering sector could deliver optimized assets that are digitally native and ready for production—and with guarantees of success. Unlike traditional, linear ways of working, agile approaches are iterative and build in more opportunities for testing, learning, and adapting along the developmental path.

There are multiple parallels between agile software development and the engineering, procurement, and construction sector:

  • Redefining the product to provide just enough documentation to support a handover
  • Initiating pull requests to accelerate delivery and merge information sources to all individuals or teams
  • Deploying incentives to encourage product managers to take product ownership and collaborate across disciplines to deliver the full product
  • Having a single source of truth to attain agreement on sub-units and APIs by allowing continuous parallel updates
  • Harnessing agile development with rapid iteration cycles and integration with AI tools at any level, as well as global automated updates to changing design requirements
  • Using automated testing of the full product with every iterative design update
  • Making non-IP parts of the workflow management system available for the global community through open sourcing

However, seven disruptive features are emerging in the engineering sector, largely driven by fast-moving changes in software engineering (see sidebar: “Agile software engineering at a glance”):

  • Redefining the “product”
  • Switching from push to pull workflows
  • Switching from a discipline focus to a cross-functional focus
  • Creating a single (real-time) source of truth

These first four changes have produced time and cost savings of anywhere between 30 and 50 percent, significantly improving quality and “first time right” metrics, as well as leading to construction productivity further downstream. To speed up the performance transformation needed, engineering could also leverage three disruptive features:

  • Using AI-enabled design automation
  • Applying continuous integration and automated testing
  • Adopting open sourcing

While engineering firms (and teams within larger organizations) are beginning to experiment with these changes —with encouraging results—an organization is yet to emerge who has brought together all seven facets. Combining them could truly disrupt engineering as we know it.

One: Redefining the “product”

The first, crucial disruptive feature is reframing the “product” that engineering provides. Currently, engineering produces drawings, which inform cost and schedule estimates for investments and instruct construction on what must be built. Traditionally, the different engineering disciplines have little awareness, incentive, or practice of looking at the ultimate product that is being engineered.

Placing the (real) customer of engineering outputs at the center of the profession could help to reframe the product delivered. This “customer” is actually the construction (ability to deliver the asset in right sequence on schedule), and ultimately the asset owner (NPV).

In this reimagined approach, the engineering product becomes the construction-ready drawings for all elements involved, in the exact sequence and at the required volume and quality, to enable execution of the instructions.

This approach could be incentivized in different ways. Increasingly innovative contracting practices link engineering fees to outcomes “downstream”—for example, to the start of construction or to the net present value (NPV) the asset produces. The engineering team of a global transport sector manufacturer, meanwhile, was incentivized based on revenue generation from its newly completed production lines.

In the case of early engineering or front-end engineering design (FEED), the product is a robust business case that is attractive to investors. Engineering’s contribution in this vital early stage of the project delivery process would be a product that is viable enough to inform decisions on whether to take an investment decision, to continue to a detailed design (or not).

Two: Switching from push to pull workflows

Once the downstream customer and product are established—for example “construction” to start—a shift from push to pull workflows becomes possible.

In essence, this means prioritizing the engineering deliverables in line with what the downstream construction customer needs next to maximize throughput and asset completion for operation. Although this might seem obvious, we repeatedly observe a mismatch between engineering outputs and requirements of teams and work processes that follow. Aligning the two is not a new principle—famously, the Empire State Building was built in this way. More recently, Toyota made it the basis for optimizing its manufacturing process by reducing waste and inventory, while maximizing valuable throughput at its factories.

In this reimagined model for engineering—designed to create a major acceleration in project work—aligning engineering deliverables with construction needs and sequencing would unlock schedule and cost savings across all industries.

Three: Switching from a discipline focus to a cross-functional focus

Agile principles can accelerate the cycle times and product quality for software and physical products across industries and could be a game changer for engineering, too. The principles are intuitive if we focus on a product. They combine all the capabilities required to deliver a product (or an integrated unit of it), empower teams to make decisions on the delivery of the product or unit, and create a cadence that allows for speedy resolution and escalation when bottlenecks occur.

Composing teams in this way requires bringing together skills from all relevant engineering disciplines, as well as from commercial, construction, and procurement, and including key suppliers. The design process becomes robust for the customer (e.g., construction, asset operator) and the contributors because designs are geared toward the ultimate operations, availability of components and materials, and constructability.

One oil and gas supermajor piloted agile ways of working with its well-delivery team, including key suppliers. On the first try, it shortened the timeline for concept selection by 60 percent, reduced design development for a horizontal well to 13 weeks from 26, and saved 240 full-time equivalent (FTE) days (40 percent) in well planning. All of this was achieved while improving employee engagement scores and increasing empowerment scores by 30 percent.

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Four: creating a single (real-time) source of truth.

Currently, engineering workflows are mainly executed in siloed use of PDF-equivalent documents and myriad spreadsheets. This makes it challenging for owners and engineering contractors to bring together large amounts of work into an integrated design—requiring lots of manual work and rework, without the ability to drill down into root causes of discrepancies or provide forward-looking perspectives on expected outcomes.

Establishing a single source of truth (SSOT) for all stakeholders could be one disruptor the industry needs. Structuring information models in such a way that every data element (design or schedule detail) is mastered in only one place would make it much easier to prevent mistakes, duplication, or inconsistencies, thus improving control.

A basic-level SSOT would provide transparency on priorities, progress, and current and potential bottlenecks in delivery. This kind of improvement was demonstrated in a multibillion-euro capital program relying on one supply chain to deliver multiple megaprojects simultaneously. The owner and contractor worked together to create transparency in supply chain performance —from the outlook of an individual purchase order to an aggregated view by category, project scope, and asset. Appropriate access was secured for project teams, central functional teams, and top leadership to enable joint problem solving on current and emerging bottlenecks.

A higher-level SSOT could see engineering carried out in a single data set or so-called “digital twin” from the start, rather than using multiple documents. Such digital-native engineering would pivot engineers from a document-driven way of working to cross-collaboration between engineers, subcontractors, and operators to develop the design in real time.

Five: Using AI-enabled design automation

Much of what an engineer does today could be grouped into one of two categories: first, understanding the size of the component needed, then picking a relevant design from a catalog; second, doing the “creative” work on how to put together the various building blocks.

The first category is ready for disruption through algorithmic approaches. An oil and gas player in Asia recently digitized its subsea tieback design process, cutting the timeline for getting a very good first design to less than a day from around 12 weeks. This design could then be fine-tuned by engineers.

The second, or creative part of engineering, is likely to see disruption on the horizon, too, judging by recent advances in generative AI. Current technology could already enable blueprints and specifications to be produced in seconds instead of days for final refinement by an expert.

Tasks such as structural design detailing and construction schedules could also be optimized by AI. Generative scheduling, which involves optimizing the sequence of activities for execution, is already being successfully deployed in the construction industry. AI construction simulation and optimization platforms have resulted in generated major productivity improvements for a number of project owners and contractors. For example, when constructing a $300 million petrochemical factory, one such platform tool identified the opportunity to decrease labor idle time by 33 percent, reduce labor requirements by 8.5 percent, and save three weeks on the critical path schedule.

Six: Applying continuous integration and automated testing

Implementing a continuous integration (CI) workflow could significantly reduce the overheads of synchronization and tighten feedback cycles through automated testing. For example, continuously (or regularly) updating the SSOT would allow advanced automated testing of all iterative changes. This could provide immediate feedback on whether a change is both within parameters and an improvement on the existing design.

Many teams and organizations already harness simulations and physical requirements in their digital design process. This could be further optimized through digital twin and AI-powered use-based tests. These could validate improvements by simulating the final stakeholder’s asset operation, thus ensuring rapid actionable feedback on every design iteration.

This kind of product-use simulation is a step up from the classical physics-based simulations typically used in engineering. In effect, it provides end-to-end visibility for all stakeholders at every design update. Downstream consequences, such as financial implications or maintenance requirements, could also be calculated and made visible instantly, supplemented by AI-enabled user testing of the full asset.

Such a use-based approach allowed the Emirates Team New Zealand to iterate ten times faster on their sailboat design —ultimately winning them the prestigious America’s Cup. For the sailing vessel, the QuantumBlack, AI by McKinsey team took physical simulation and design one step further by training a digital AI pilot as a stand-in for the team’s pilot. This allowed the team’s sailors to spend less time in their simulator, and designers to iterate an order of magnitude faster by simulating the use of the vessel in the competition. 5 “ Flying across the sea, propelled by AI ,” McKinsey, March 17, 2021.

Seven: Adopting open sourcing

Open sourcing is commonly used in software engineering, allowing universal access to designs or scripts to encourage collaboration on new ideas, optimize existing products, and provide broad access to solutions.

A significant proportion of engineering design work is repeating what has already been done—for example, designing a distillation column. Open-sourcing designs, with no (or limited) real business IP value, could spur innovation. This could especially help nascent technologies that play an important role in the energy transition, where risk is high and debugging essential.

A gold-mining company used an open-source approach to solve some of its biggest technology issues. Every year, the company organized a global conference in a compelling location and paid for invitees’ flights and accommodations. To participate, delegates needed to have done meaningful research and written a paper on the company’s most pressing technology challenges. This moved problem solving from a small group of engineers to a global pool of talent.

Open sourcing has also emerged as a tool to find solutions for reducing carbon emissions. For example, the Northern Lights project is developing the world’s first open-source CO 2 transport and storage infrastructure, located on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. This initiative is partially funded by the Norwegian government and has attracted partnerships with energy players, engineering firms, and oilfield service companies.

Rethinking the traditional business model

Combining all seven disruptors could be a game changer for the engineering sector—and critical to the net-zero transition. However, realizing these changes will not be easy. The engineering sector finds itself trapped in a traditional business model that does not incentivize acceleration and optimization.

However, if the product delivered by engineering is reframed, the industry could shift its business model from being paid for inputs, to being paid for output (the product).

For example, in early-stage engineering, the product is a business case for investment with a robust NPV. Could a reimagined engineering remuneration approach be linked to the NPV of the target asset instead of to expectations of a potential on-time delivery of design, cost, and schedule estimates?

In detailed engineering, the product is construction productivity in relation to sequence, volumes, schedule, and quality. Revenue generation comes from first or ramped-up production. Could a reimagined engineering incentive be instead linked to construction productivity or to first at-scale production?

Naturally, a reimagined business model would need to share the gains and the pains across project stakeholders. Here, new, more collaborative contracting approaches are already delivering materially better outcomes than traditional “adversarial” models. For example, in hospital buildouts in the United States, collaborative contracting has resulted in 15 to 20 percent improvement in cost and schedule performance compared with traditional contracts.

The urgency of the energy transition is creating the positive momentum for change that the engineering sector needs. By daring to combine all seven disruptive features—each of which has been proven to work on its own—and by engaging with asset owners to redefine the business model to align incentives, engineering players could create a credible, sustainable competitive edge.

Sverre Fjeldstad is a partner in McKinsey’s Oslo office, where Natalya Katsap is an associate partner. Prakash Parbhoo is an alumnus of the Johannesburg office.

The authors wish to thank Jan Koeleman, Matthew Oswalt, and Koen Vermeltfoort for their contributions to this article.

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The University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science today announced the launch of a  Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Artificial Intelligence (AI) degree, the first undergraduate major of its kind among Ivy League universities and one of the very first AI undergraduate engineering programs in the U.S.

The rapid rise of generative AI is transforming virtually every aspect of life: health, energy, transportation, robotics, computer vision, commerce, learning, and even national security. This produces an urgent need for innovative, leading-edge AI engineers who understand the principles of AI and how to apply them in a responsible and ethical way.

“Inventive at its core, Penn excels at the cutting edge,” says Interim President J. Larry Jameson . “Data, including AI, is a critical area of focus for our strategic framework, In Principle and Practice, and this new degree program represents a leap forward for the Penn engineers who will lead in developing and deploying these powerful technologies in service to humanity. We are deeply grateful to Raj and Neera Singh, whose leadership helps make this possible.”

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“Penn Engineering has long been a pioneer in computing and education, with ENIAC, the first digital computer, and the first Ph.D. in computer science,” says Raj Singh, who together with his wife Neera, have established the first undergraduate degree program in artificial intelligence within the Ivy League. “This proud legacy of innovation continues with Penn Engineering’s AI program, which will produce engineers that can leverage this powerful technology in a way that benefits all humankind.”

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The curriculum offers high-level coursework in topics including machine learning, computing algorithms, data analytics, and advanced robotics.

“The timing of this new undergraduate program comes as AI poses one of the most promising yet challenging opportunities the world currently faces,” says Vijay Kumar , Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering. “Thanks to the generosity of Raj and Neera Singh to Penn Engineering’s B.S.E. in Artificial Intelligence program, we are preparing the next generation of engineers to create a society where AI isn’t just a tool, but a fundamental force for good to advance society in ways previously unimaginable.”

Leading the program will be George J. Pappas , UPS Foundation Professor of Transportation at Penn Engineering. “Realizing the potential of AI for positive social impact stands as one of the paramount challenges confronting engineering,” says Pappas, a 2024 National Academy of Engineering inductee. “We are excited to introduce a cutting-edge curriculum poised to train our students as leaders and innovators in the ongoing AI revolution.”

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Construction innovations are progressing rapidly, and the industry now has a tremendous amount of resources to advance construction technology. Construction tech funding held steady at $5.38 billion in 2022 .  

These investments in innovations pay off significantly; research shows that firms that are rated as “digitally savvy” outperform companies by as much as 48% on revenue and 15% on net margin. And this is true across many fields, including AEC.   

Research also show that when asked to self-assess, 25% of businesses overate their ability to use data effectively and a whopping 80% of construction businesses are classified as beginner or emerging levels of data capabilities.  

There’s never been a more exciting time to be a part of the construction industry. As it continues to change at an accelerated pace, innovations will bring about even more developments and advancements. Here are 10 innovations we believe will shape the future of the industry as we know it today. 

1. AI and Machine Learning

Optimized workflows are essential to well-running projects and teams in the AEC industry. However, due to the complexity of construction, workflows have the tendency to be disconnected and manual in nature. The three most significant areas within optimized construction workflows are communication, data, and transparency. AI is making it easier to succeed across all three of these areas, resulting in greater productivity and profits. The fact that Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) proclaimed AI has the potential to increase industry profits by 71% by 2035 doesn’t hurt either. 

Machine learning is helping construction pros optimize their workflows and aid decision-making. Predictive analytics is quickly establishing its foothold in the construction industry’s core stack of technology tools. By leveraging current and historical data as well as machine learning, companies can make predictions about future outcomes. These predictions can then be used to make more informed decisions and strategize next moves. Research has also shown that data leaders in construction are 7x more likely to be using AI and machine learning.  

Predictive analytics and machine learning are especially valuable in today’s world of complex construction projects and operations. Companies need a precise way to mitigate risks, take advantage of opportunities, and prepare for challenges. This information also gives workers the freedom to focus on higher-value activities that are more likely to move the needle.  

BAM Ireland is an excellent example of this benefit. The multinational construction company leveraged Construction IQ, powered by Autodesk AI , as its predictive analytics tool for all projects. Doing so led to a 20% improvement in on-site quality and safety and a 25% increase in time spent on high-risk issues. 

Some construction AI innovations are even more subtle. For instance, another tool, AutoSpecs , allows you to find and track submittal items that may not have been added to the specification. The suggested submittals tool compares your current project specifications with historical project data and recommends potentially missing items to enhance accuracy and mitigate risks associated with overlooked details.

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2. Resource and Workforce Management Software

Managing resources and a workforce are massive expenses for construction companies. Effective workforce management can help companies keep operations running smoothly, optimize resource allocation, and avoid unexpected expenses as well as delays. 

Today, more companies are turning to software platforms to bring more efficiency and actionable analytics to their workforce, whether they be remote, on-site, large, or small. 

Construction innovations in workforce management solutions include predictive tracking, forecasting, and mobile-first interfaces. These solutions remove many of the manual processes that come with resource planning. 

Bridgit Bench is a workforce planning solution built for contractors to track pursuits, project changes, and forecast workforce needs. Project teams can push awarded and opportunity projects from Autodesk Construction Cloud to Bridgit Bench, keeping projects up to date as changes are made. 

One tool, Riskcast provides a way for crews to easily capture labor, equipment, and production plus more, without multiple systems and complex spreadsheets. Teams can sync real-time data into Autodesk Cost Management Performance Tracking to see actuals vs. planned.  

Solutions like these allow companies to access metrics and forecasting analytics to better allocate resources to the right projects at the right time. Workforce management solutions are especially important in our current economy, where volatile markets require firms to be as precise and efficient in their operations as possible. 

3. The Next Wave of 3D Printing

3D printing has long been cited as one of the top modern construction innovations. However, its future is even brighter these days as the technology moves from a novelty to an emerging industry standard. 

With the right implementation strategy—and some creative thinking—3D printing can help speed up projects, make materials more accessible, and enable you to create beautiful designs.  

As Stephan Mansour, a 3D Printing & Emerging Technology Advisor at MaRiTama Ltd points out , “Everything can be 3D-printed; it’s just a matter of how far you want to go, how scalable it is, and how much money you’re going to put in.” 

In terms of use cases, you can 3D print design elements like facades to make them more intricate and detailed. 3D printing can also be used to print parts, fixtures, and furniture for your building. This is particularly useful when you’re dealing with supply shortages or when you’re working in a remote area. Rather than waiting weeks or months for the materials you need, you can print them within a few hours or days. 

We can expect to see 3D printing technologies continue to mature and grow in the future. As companies look for ways to improve quality control, address skilled labor shortages, and explore advanced designs, 3D printing will be here to help them make it a success. 

4. AR, VR, and the Metaverse

Extended Reality (XR) serves as the encompassing term for a spectrum of captivating and interactive technologies, including Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR). These transformative experiences are accessible through various devices, ranging from mobile devices to VR headsets. The allure of XR lies in its ability to seamlessly immerse individuals in the digital realm in real-time. 

This technology plays a pivotal role in revolutionizing Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) workflows as highlighted by the announcement of Autodesk Workshop XR, an immersive design review workspace. The evolution of XR is swiftly paving the way for more impactful and efficient work processes. With innovations like Workshop XR, AEC teams are discovering new avenues for issue tracking, error prevention, and enhanced spatial understanding, ultimately improving workflows and integration. 

The increasing adoption of XR signifies a paradigm shift in how we approach work, collaboration, and project success. This dynamic environment enables teams to scrutinize and problem-solve within their 3D models in a 1:1 scale, fostering a level of interaction that transcends traditional computer screens. 

Businesses—particularly those reliant on cross-departmental collaboration—stand to gain enormous benefits from extended reality solutions. Autodesk Workshop XR, with a connection to Autodesk Construction Cloud through Autodesk Docs, facilitates real-time collaboration within Revit or Navisworks models, making XR a driving force in the AEC industry’s technological wave. 

5. Sensor Data

Tracking the various components of your business—including manpower, jobsites, and equipment—is essential. Proper monitoring aids project planning, promotes smoother operations, and ensures compliance with safety and worker regulations.  

Here’s the good news: thanks to construction sensors and IoT technology, keeping an eye on the many moving parts of your projects is easier than ever. There are various solutions in the market that can enable you to monitor site conditions, track materials through the supply chain, improve worker safety, and empower better facility management. 

Forward-thinking firms are also using sensors to forecast and prepare for future events. “With the use of sensor data and Forge as a software foundation, we are able to predict future product failures,” explains Chris Schoneveld, BIM Manager at Alkondor Hengelo .  

“So for a maintenance task, we could analyse the use curve of a building and protect our products against future failures. And doing multiple tasks on a single maintenance job benefits our company’s eco footprint due to a minimization of traffic movement.” 

6. Digital Twins

Digital twins is certainly a buzzworthy term, but what benefit does it have for the construction industry? As it sounds, a digital twin is a digital replica of a physical entity, including its potential and current assets, systems, data, processes, workflows, people, and devices. In the context of construction, building out a digital twin from the very start is significant to better understand a physical structure for future operations. 

Having a duplicate source of a physical structure allows workers to assess, manipulate, and optimize the building. As they analyze the digital twin, they can uncover potential means of creating efficiencies, developing safety protocols, reducing risks, and improving quality. Digital twins also enhance BIM by serving as a digital thread, connected directly to a physical structure. 

Since almost 80% of a building’s lifetime value is realized during operations , the data and insights provided by a digital twin helps owners better maintain their facilities, streamline operations, and improve capital planning.  

You can also use digital twins to determine if a built asset is meeting certain KPIs and metrics. “If you have certain sustainable goals, you’ll be able to see if you’re achieving them. If you have equipment and want to measure mean time between failure, having a digital twin helps you do that,” explains Bob Bray, Senior Director & General Manager for Autodesk Tandem . 

It can also help owners strategize for the future. As Bob points out, “A digital twin gives you the knowledge to inform, predict, and look at future decisions based on how that asset is performing in the real world.”  

Lastly, the advantages of digital twins are especially relevant during times of social distancing, remote work, and travel restrictions. Essential information about a property is readily accessible with a digital twin, avoiding the need to travel or even leave a home office. 

Check out Episode 59 of the Digital Builder podcast to learn more about Digital Twins.   

7. Truly Connected Construction

Simplicity in construction? It might not be a buzzword, but we’d argue that simplicity is the lifeblood of the most powerful of innovations. When data, workflows, and technology connect, they’re all the more powerful. Apple is a key example of this fact. The same information flows seamlessly between the company’s iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. These harmonious connections keep things simple and effective. 

We see the same concepts play out in connected construction. Construction companies often have to deal with information silos and paper-dependent processes. These challenges are exacerbated by the massive volumes of data and resources that make up the industry. For stakeholders to work efficiently on projects, they need a solid foundation, a single source of truth. 

This foundation can be built and maintained with connected construction. Connected construction equates to integrated and connected data, workflows, and technology. It brings information, processes, and people together in one common data environment . It powers effective decision-making, whether they occur during daily operations or as part of a long-term strategic plan. For companies that genuinely want to empower their people to make the most informed decisions possible, connected construction is the answer.  

8. Advanced Takeoff and Estimating Tools

The days of relying solely on spreadsheets to put together quantity takeoffs, estimates, and bids, are over. Or at least, they should be. The rise of advanced tools in preconstruction are helping construction pros implement robust bidding and estimating processes so they can focus more on winning more business and reducing risk.  

Modern takeoff, estimating, and bidding solutions work in the cloud, enabling you to view and manage bids and estimates from anywhere. These tools also help connect data and teams on one platform, leading to better collaboration and accuracy. And thanks to automation and 3D visualization, you’re able to work faster, produce competitive bids, and ultimately win more work.   

Autodesk Takeoff helps contractors easily perform 2D and 3D quantification and ProEst’s estimating solution helps translate project scope into material, labor and equipment costs to generate accurate project estimates. From there, contractors can use BuildingConnected’s bid management solution to choose the right builder for every project from the largest crowd-sourced construction network, reducing risk and protecting the bottom line. 

9. BIM Beyond Design

BIM, or building information technology modeling, is widely used in the design world but is often seen as complex and technical outside of it. However, BIM doesn’t have to be complicated. By sharing models between the design department and the field, BIM can be a simple and effective communication tool.  

There are many advantages to facilitating BIM access in the field. When models are distributed as PDF documents, valuable BIM data can be lost. By using BIM in the field, teams can improve communication, increase data visibility, and reduce rework costs.  

According to John Lim Ji Xiong, Chief Digital Officer, Gamuda Bhd, “In 2024, I think construction industry trends will morph from BIM and 3D modeling to more data-driven topics such as building dashboards, AI, and managing project data. BIM has become something that is mature in the industry and is a requirement in a lot of tenders. However, in the drive to modernize and improve, construction companies will be looking to drive efficiency and transparency through data in order to build better projects.” 

Expanding the use of BIM beyond design streamlines communication, provides a richer view of construction documents, promotes safety and reduces rework. By keeping design and field teams aligned through BIM, collaboration improves, and work gets done faster.  

Furthermore, new AI innovations open even more opportunities for BIM. “This year, we’ll see greater momentum and interest from the industry as firms leverage AI-driven technologies to automate tedious tasks, more deeply analyze information, and augment decision-making,” says Jim Lynch, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Autodesk. “Particularly, the integration of BIM with AI poses new and exciting opportunities. BIM’s rich data, paired with machine learning, can enable firms to improve efficiency and make smarter decisions beyond just the design phase of a building.” 

It’s time to rethink the role of BIM in construction. BIM is not just a design tool every team can use to deliver high-quality work and improve collaboration throughout the construction lifecycle.  

10. Robotics

The continued adoption of robotics in construction is another significant development that will shape the industry’s future. However, construction companies face barriers in implementing these technologies including cost of entry and a lack of skills with these specific technologies within teams  

On an episode of the Digital Builder podcast, Brooke Gemmell, Emerging Technology Partner at Skanska said, “We’re starting to see so many more robotic applications. I think one thing that may be a misconception is just how readily available they are on projects. Most of the tools out there are only being piloted on a select few projects because we’re still learning how can we really use these and what’s the biggest impact for these tools.” 

To overcome these hurdles, companies can start with more mature technologies like drones and offsite prefabrication. They also can invest in training programs and partnerships with technology providers to improve their workforce. Brooke believes there is already a strong appetite from the workforce to do so, “I’ve been on a lot of project sites where we’ve had robotic solutions deployed, and first off, people are really excited about it. They want to learn more and they want to engage.” 

Collaboration and communication with technology providers is crucial. By sharing specific needs and challenges, construction companies can shape the development of tailored AI and robotics solutions. It is also beneficial to learn from industry leaders who have effectively incorporated these technologies.  

By embracing AI and robotics, construction companies can unlock productivity, efficiency, and safety benefits. These technologies will greatly improve workflow, optimize resource management, and enable faster project delivery.  

“Robots are helping people go home earlier, less tired, and with less strain. We’re also taking people out of dangerous situations and using robots in those places,” added Brooke.  

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In the numerous talks Mark McBride-Wright has given to workplace leaders about the value of equity and inclusion, there’s one image he shares with the groups that tends to cut to the heart of the issue, he says. 

“The most powerful slide I use with leaders is a picture of a foot walking on eggshells,” McBride-Wright said. “It articulates how people feel with groups they don’t belong to. It might articulate how you feel when you start thinking more latterly about what you are not.”  

But it’s by working through that initial discomfort where real progress can be made, McBride-Wright said Wednesday afternoon in a fireside chat with Gregory Abowd, dean of Northeastern’s College of Engineering. A chemical engineer by profession turned diversity, equity and inclusion leader, McBride-Wright was invited to speak as part of the university’s series of events celebrating National Engineers Week .  

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McBride-Wright is the founder and CEO of EqualEngineers , a business consulting firm that works with engineering companies to make their workplaces more inclusive. He is also the author of “ The SAFE Leader: Engineering Inclusive Cultures ,” which is being released next month. 

Abowd asked McBride-Wright to share some advice to Northeastern students securing their first co-ops, and how they should navigate the job search process while staying true to their identities. 

“I would say be honest and open in the interview process, especially if you need any sort of adjustments or accommodations if you have some sort of disability or something that would make the process more aligned for you,” he said. “If you are not open and true in the application process, then you’re not really truly evaluating the employer in terms of how authentic they are and if they can support you.” 

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It’s also important to do extensive research on a company, paying particular attention to their DEI efforts and other principles that may be important to the individual applying. 

McBride-Wright also gave advice to employers looking to increase their diversity. 

“I would say be creative in your outreach,” he said. “Partner with universities to try and fill your talent pipeline. … Get involved with engineering curriculum, come in and give guest keynotes speeches. Get involved with who the students are, so when the applications show in your HR team’s inbox, you already know what they are like.” 

He also challenged them to reevaluate the way engineering employers assess qualified employees. 

“We need to think long and hard about the filters that we’re putting in to try and make the sifting process easier and recognize that some methods like assessment centers and psychometrics tests aren’t always the most conductive to people with certain conditions,” he said.    

McBride-Wright offered a simple piece of advice for anyone looking to be more inclusive: Make a concerted effort to understand the perspective of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. 

He used his own experience setting up his initial networking group focused on supporting engineers who were part of LGBT+ community, Interengineering. 

“I didn’t know any trans people,” he said. “All I knew was stuff that I’d read in the newspaper, tropes from growing up, of who trans people are, and that was it.

So, McBride-Wright went to work reaching out to people on LinkedIn, attending transgender networking events, and broadened his perspective. 

“I’m certainly a lot more informed than just what I’ve read in the media,” he said. “I have lived experience from a diverse group of people.” 

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Microchemical Systems: Microreactors, Microfuel Cells, and Microfluidic Tools

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In modern science and engineering, some of the best opportunities for research come at the borders between existing fields. My program focuses on exploratory, multidisciplinary research in microchemical systems including stand-alone applications, such as microreactors and microfuel cells, as well as microfluidic tools that enable or facilitate other studies. The development of microchemical systems often entails more than mere miniaturization of macro or meso-scale systems. Designs need to be adjusted to account for, or even utilize, the characteristics of the microscale.

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We are pursuing the development of membraneless micro fuel cells in which two aqueous streams containing fuel and oxidant, respectively, flow side-by-side in a single microfluidic channel with the anode and cathode placed on opposing sidewalls. The occurrence of laminar flow at the microscale eliminates the need for the usual static barrier of a polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM). Advantages of the membraneless designs include the elimination of: fuel crossover, water management issues, and restrictions on media. Whereas most conventional PEM-based fuel cells are limited to operation in acidic media, these membraneless fuel cells can also operate in alkaline media, which enhances reaction kinetics at both the anode and cathode and thus overall fuel cell performance. Recently we have created an air-breathing variety of these microfluidic fuel cells, which reaches current densities and power densities similar to those of PEM-based direct methanol fuel cells. Presently we are integrating multiple of these fuel cells (scaling out, not up!) to show their promise for application as power sources in portable electronics.

Microreactors

Recently, we have reported on microreactors for the efficient electrochemical regeneration of cofactors such as NADH, which opens up the use of a much wider range of enzymes for biocatalytic processes in the synthesis of chiral fine chemicals. In these microfluidic reactors focusing of a reactant stream on one of the electrodes inside the microreactor shifts a normally unfavorable reaction equilibrium in the desired direction, and the lack of a bulk phase prevents the reverse reaction from taking place. Presently, we are extending these microfluidic reaction engineering concepts to other chemistries. We are also pursuing the development of ceramic microreactors for in-situ hydrogen production from liquid fuels with high energy density. These fuel processors may find application in the supply of hydrogen to hydrogen fuel cells while hydrogen storage and safety issues can be avoided. These microreactors are stable up to at least 1200 °C and are comprised of high-surface-area, porous SiC and SiCN monoliths covered with catalyst embedded in high density ceramic housings. Hydrogen can be produced efficiently from the decomposition of ammonia at 1000 °C and presently we are studying steam reforming of hydrocarbons.

Microfluidic Tools

Banking on the capability of microfluidic systems to apply different chemistries with micrometer resolution, we are developing various enabling microfluidic tools. For example, we have created evaporation-based platforms for the identification of suitable conditions for protein crystallization, and are presently enhancing these platforms to aid the crystallization of membrane proteins. Similar tools can be used for the more fundamental study of crystal nucleation and growth. In a different set of microfluidic tools we create gradients in chemical composition in solution and on surfaces to enable the study of proliferation, differentiation, and migration of cells under the influence of external triggers (e.g. ECM proteins, growth factors, potential). In many of these highly multidisciplinary research projects, we work closely together with other research groups that are experts in the fields of application of this microfluidic technology. Advancements in microfabrication and microfluidics While pursuing the specific projects reported above, we also develop novel microfabrication methods. For example, we found a way to create multilevel microfluidic structures through single exposure photolithography. We also study the interplay of physicochemical phenomena such as diffusional mixing, reagent depletion, and flow reorientation effects for many of the different microchemical systems based on multistream laminar flow.

Selected Articles in Journals

  • A.S. Hollinger, R.J. Maloney, R.S. Jayashree, D. Natarajan, L.J. Markoski, P.J.A. Kenis, "Nanoporous separator and low fuel concentration to minimize crossover in direct methanol laminar flow fuel cells," J. Power Sorc., 195, 3523-3528 (2010).
  • F. Brushett, R. S. Jayashree, W. P. Zhou, P. J. A. Kenis, "Investigation of Fuel and Media Flexible Laminar Flow-based Fuel Cells," Elect. Acta, 54(27), 7099-7105 (2009).
  • R. S. Jayashree, S. K. Yoon, F. R. Brushett, P. O. Lopez-Montesinos, D. Natarajan, L. J. Markoski, P. J. A. Kenis, "On the performance of membraneless laminar flow-based fuel cells," J. Pow. Sorc., (in press, 2009).
  • V.L. Kolossov, B.Q. Sprin, A. Sokolowski, J.E. Conour, R.M. Clegg, P.J.A. Kenis, H.R. Gaskins, "Engineering Redox-sensitive Linkers for Genetically Encoded FRET-based Biosensors," Experimental Biology & Medicine. 233, 238-248, (2008).
  • S. Talreja, P.J.A. Kenis and C.F. Zukoski, "A Kinetic Model to Simulate Protein Crystal Growth in an Evaporation-Based Crystallization Platform," Langmuir, 23, 4516-4522 (2007).
  • M.W. Toepke, S.H. Brewer, D.M. Vu, K.D. Rector, J.E. Morgan, R.B. Gennis, P.J.A. Kenis, R.B. Dyer, "Microfluidic Flow-flash: Method for Investigating Protein Dynamics", Anal. Chem, 79, 122-128 (2007).
  • C. Gupta, G.A. Mensing, M.A. Shannon and P.J.A. Kenis, "Double Transfer Printing of Small Volumes of Liquids," Langmuir, 23, 2906-2914 (2007).
  • R.S. Jayashree, M. Mitchell, D. Natarajan, L.J. Markoski, P.J.A. Kenis, A Microfluidic Hydrogen Fuel Cell with a Liquid Electrolyte, Langmuir, 23, 6871-6864 (2007).
  • G. He, V. Bhamidi, S.R. Wilson, R.B.H. Tan, P.J.A. Kenis, C.F. Zukoski, "Direct Growth of γ Glycine from Neutral Aqueous Solutions by Slow, Evaporation-Driven Crystallization", Crystal Growth & Design, 6(8), 1746-1749 (2006).
  • R. Gunawan, J. Silvestre, H.R. Gaskins, L.B. Schook, P.J.A. Kenis, D.E. Leckband, "Cell Migration and Polarity on Microfabricated Gradients of Extracellular Matrix Proteins", Langmuir, 22, 4250-4258 (2006).
  • S.K. Yoon, G. Fichtl, P.J.A. Kenis, "Active Control of the Depletion Boundary Layer in Microfluidic Electrochemical Reactors" Lab on a Chip, 6, 1516-1524 (2006).
  • Christian, M. Mitchell, P.J.A. Kenis, "Ceramic Microreactors for On-Site Hydrogen Production from High Temperature Steam Reforming of Propane," Lab on a Chip, 6, 1328-1337 (2006).
  • Christian, M. Mitchell, D.-P. Kim, P.J.A. Kenis, "Ceramic Microreactor for On-Site Hydrogen Production", J. Catalysis, 241, 235-42 (2006).
  • J. Yeom, R.S. Jayashree, C. Rastogi, M.A. Shannon, P.J.A. Kenis, "Passive Direct Formic Acid Microfabricated Fuel Cells," J. Power Sources, 160, 1058-1064 (2006).
  • R.S. Jayashree, D. Egas, D. Natarajan, J.S. Spendelow, L.J. Markoski, P.J.A. Kenis, "Air-breathing Laminar Flow-based Direct Methanol Fuel Cell with Alkaline Electrolyte", Electrochemical and Solid State Letters, 9(5), A252-256 (2006).
  • S.K. Yoon, M. Mitchell, E.R. Choban, P. J.A. Kenis, "Reorientation of the Interface between Two Liquids of Different Densities Flowing Laminarly through a Microchannel", Lab on a Chip, 5, 1259-1263 (2005).
  • M.W. Toepke, P.J.A. Kenis, "Single-Exposure Photolithography for the Fabrication of Multilevel Microfluidics", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127(21), 7674-7675 (2005).
  • S. Talreja, D.Y. Kim, A.Y. Mirarefi, C.F. Zukoski, P.J.A. Kenis, "Screening and Optimization of Protein Crystallization Conditions through Gradual Evaporation Using a Novel Crystallization Platform", J. Appl. Crystallography, 38(6), 988-995 (2005).
  • S.K. Yoon, C. Kane, E.R. Choban, T. Tzedakis, P.J.A. Kenis, "Laminar Flow Based Electrochemical Microreactor for Efficient Regeneration of Nicotineamide Cofactors for Biocatalysis", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127(3), 10466-10467 (2005).
  • R.S. Jayashree, L. Gancs, E.R. Choban, A. Primak, D. Natarajan, L.J. Markoski, P.J.A. Kenis, "Air-Breathing Laminar Flow Based Microfluidic Fuel Cell", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127(48), 16758-16759 (2005).
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  • University Scholar, University of Illinois, UC, 2011
  • Beckman Fellow, Center for Advanced Study , 2007-2008
  • Helen Corley Petit Scholar, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois, UC, 2007-2008
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation , 2006
  • Xerox Award for Faculty Research, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, UC, 2006
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Illinois, UC, 2006
  • Accenture Award for Excellence in Advising, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, UC, 2003
  • Excellence in Advising Award, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, UC, 2002, 2003, 2008
  • Young Faculty Award, 3M, 2001-2005
  • Collins Scholar, Academy of Excellence in Engineering Education , 2001
  • TALENT Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dutch Science Foundation, 1997-1998

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Every year, the chapters of the American Council of Engineering Companies celebrate projects exhibiting the best of the best — the most innovative projects produced by firms in their state. Several HDR projects received 2024 Engineering Excellence Awards. Each state chapter recognizes the winning project teams and clients at local awards ceremonies throughout the fall, winter and spring.

The state-winning projects advanced to the national ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards competition, which culminates with the announcement of winners at a gala on May 15. The gala recognizes the year’s most remarkable engineering achievements and is part of the 2024 ACEC Annual Conference.

HDR's winning projects to date include:

  • Broadway Boulevard: Euclid Avenue to Country Club Road – Honor Award
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  • *Cyprus Shores Emergency Stabilization Project – Honor Award
  • * EchoWater Program – Honor Award
  • * Isabella Dam Safety Modification – Honor Award
  • *Redlands Passenger Rail Project (Arrow) – Honor Award
  • *I-80/I-380 System Interchange Reconstruction Program – Grand Conceptor Award, Grand Prize Award
  • * Des Moines Wastewater Reclamation Authority Flood Resiliency Study and Improvements – Honor Award
  • *Higgins Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation - Honor Award
  • Omaha RiverFront Revitalization – Grand Award
  • Douglas County Justice Center – Honor Award
  • South Sioux City Wastewater Treatment Facility - Honor Award
  • STARWARS: Statewide Tourism and Recreational Water Access Sustainability - Honor Award
  • Union Pacific Elkhorn Bridge - Honor Award
  • UNMC Wittson Hall/Wigton Heritage Center - Honor Award

New York 

  • *NYSCC Reimagine the Canal Fall Fisheries Program and SEQRA Review – Diamond Award
  • Interagency Roadway Optimization Analytics Dashboard (iRoad) – Platinum Award
  • NYCDOT Traffic Signal Operations Modernization Project – Gold Award
  • Newburgh-Beacon Bridge North Deck Replacement and All Electronic Toll Collection (AETC) Conversion – Gold Award
  • Rockaway Line Wrap Up – Gold Award
  • Fountain City Service Base – Mooring Dolphin Replacement – Silver Award
  • * Mill Plain Bus Rapid Transit – People’s Choice Award

Pennsylvania

  • * Fern Hollow Emergency Bridge Replacement – Diamond Award

South Carolina 

  • *Greene Street Bridge - Engineering Excellence Award
  • *I-35 Capital Express FEIS - Gold Award
  • * Bois d’Arc Lake Treated Water Pipeline – Gold Award
  • Texas State Flood Plans – Silver Award

Washington 

  • * Mill Plain Bus Rapid Transit - Silver Award

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MIT community members elected to the National Academy of Engineering for 2024

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Two MIT faculty, a principal staff member of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and 13 additional alumni are among the 114 new members and 21 international members elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) on Feb. 6 .

One of the highest professional distinctions for engineers, membership to the NAE is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

The three MIT electees this year include:

Marc Baldo , the Dugald C. Jackson Professor in Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, was honored for efficient light-emitting diodes for the modern display industry. Baldo conducts research in the areas of light-emitting devices and solar cells, electrical and exciton transport in organic materials, exciton fission and fusion, chemical sensors, and spintronics.

Jacopo Buongiorno , the Tokyo Electric Power Company Professor in Nuclear Engineering in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, director of the Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES), and director of science and technology of the MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory, was honored for his work on nuclear reactor safety, advanced nuclear power development, and community outreach. He has published over 100 journal articles on reactor safety and design, two-phase flow and heat transfer, and nanofluid technology.

Hsiao-hua K. Burke , a principal staff member in the Air, Missile, and Maritime Defense Technology Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, was honored for technology and leadership in remote sensing techniques and systems for ballistic missile defense and space systems. Burke has held several leadership positions since joining the lab in 1981 and helped to support the development of integrated ballistic missile defense systems for the Missile Defense Agency, air defense systems for the Navy, and prototype sensor development and data exploitation for intelligence programs. For her involvement with the Lincoln Laboratory Technical Women’s Network, Burke received a 2010 MIT Excellence Award for Fostering Diversity and Inclusion.

Thirteen additional alumni were elected to the National Academy of Engineering this year. They are: Nancy Lynn Allbritton PhD ’87; Antonio Conejo MS ’87; Shanhui Fan PhD ’97; Dario Gil SM ’00, PhD ’03; Gargi Maheshwari PhD ’99; Daniel A. Nolasco SM ’01; Constantinos Pantelides SM ’83; Maureen Fahey Reitman ’90, SCD ’93; Admiral John Michael Richardson EE ’89, Eng ’89, SM ’89; Raj N. Singh ScD ’73; Sven Treitel ’53, SM ’55, PhD ’58; Steven D. Weiner SM ’00; and Jeannette M. Wing ’78, SM ’79, PhD ’83.

“I offer heartfelt congratulations to Marc, Jacopo, Hsiao-hua, and the 13 MIT alumni elected to the National Academy of Engineering this year. This well-deserved recognition is a testament to the substantial impact of their contributions across fields,” says Anantha Chandrakasan, the dean of the MIT School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Including this year’s inductees, 172 members of the National Academy of Engineering are current or retired members of the MIT faculty and staff, or members of the MIT Corporation.

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