List of all ME courses

8 Credits
Fall/Winter terms
(2-term sequence; must be taken consecutively)

OSU catalog link

ME 497: ME 317, ME 383, ME 312, ENGR 322, ME 332, ENGR 390, WR 327

ME 498: ME 497

John Parmigiani
303F Dearborn

Bob Paasch (SAE)
414 Rogers Hall

Chris Hoyle
418 Rogers Hall

Course Description

Student groups design, build and test a device that solves an open-ended mechanical engineering design problem. ME 497 focuses on background research and engineering analysis, ME 498 on prototype construction and testing. As the designated MIME Writing-Intensive Course, ME 497-498 also focuses on the refinement of students' engineering communications skills and their use of writing as a critical-thinking and learning tool.


  • Work with sponsors, perform analyses and conduct research to develop requirements for a mechanical or industrial system or solution to a mechanical or industrial engineering problem
  • Design the system or solution methods
  • Implement a prototype, model or method according to the system or solution design
  • Operate the prototype, model or method
  • Evaluate the prototype, model or method with respect to the project requirements
  • Document the process, products and results
  • Manage the projects

Learning Outcomes

Course-Specific Learning Outcomes

At the completion of MIME Capstone Design, students will be able to perform the following tasks:

  1. Starting from a sponsor’s statements of need, work with the sponsor, perform appropriate research and analyses, and apply relevant engineering standards to develop formal requirements for a mechanical system, an industrial system, or the solution to a mechanical or industrial problem.
  2. Considering multiple alternative approaches, design and implement a prototype, model, or method to meet those requirements by correctly applying appropriate engineering principles.
  3. Operate or implement the prototype, model, or method and evaluate the results against the requirements using objective performance measures.
  4. Plan and manage the project so as to use team resources efficiently and meet project requirements on time and on or under budget.
  5. Recognize and constructively address ethical dilemmas that may arise and potential adverse environmental, safety, health, and social impacts.
  6. Collaboratively produce written and oral reports that effectively communicate project information to target audiences—i.e., that are at the appropriate technical level for these audiences and follow disciplinary conventions of usage, vocabulary, format, and citation.
  7. Function effectively on a team, contributing to all major aspects of the design, implementation, and testing of an engineering project.

ABET Program Outcomes

In developing your skills in product design and development, the MIME Capstone Design course sequence directly supports ABET Program Outcome c, "Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability."

In focusing on the communication and teamwork skills needed for producing formal engineering reports and preparing and delivering professional-quality oral presentations, thinking critically about local and global design issues, and working collaboratively on engineering projects, this course sequence also supports ABET Program Outcome d, "Ability to focus on multidisciplinary teams," and g, "Ability to communicate effectively."

Finally, the content of this capstone design course sequence also supports ABET Program Outcome f, "Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility" and i, "Recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in, lifelong learning."

WIC Program Outcomes

In completing this WIC course, students will:

  • Develop and articulate content knowledge and critical thinking in the discipline through frequent practice of informal and formal writing.
  • Demonstrate knowledge/understanding of audience expectations, genres, and conventions appropriate to communicating in the discipline.
  • Demonstrate the ability to compose a document of at least 2000 words through multiple aspects of writing, including brainstorming, drafting, using sources appropriately, and revising comprehensively after receiving feedback on a draft.