The design experience is an essential part of Lawrence Tech’s mechanical engineering program and is integrated throughout the curriculum. Beginning with the freshman-level Introduction to Engineering course and culminating in the year-long capstone senior projects course, the program provides structured design opportunities combined with a strong emphasis on teamwork. In fact, team competitions and projects play an integral role in the overall learning experience. From concept to completion, students are afforded the opportunity to design, build, and compete with cutting-edge projects, such as a Formula-style car, Baja vehicle, radio-controlled airplane, and hydrogen fuel cell racer. Other projects have included everything from miniature roller coasters and high-performance go-karts to the improved design of wind tunnels and safety fences – challenging and innovative opportunities that reflect the many applications of mechanical engineering.