For an engineering design course this semester, we were taught the process of identifying a community, finding a problem in that community, discussing the problem with stakeholders, and proposing a solution to solve the problem. Of course, there was a lot more to it than that, but the reason I really enjoyed the course was because it was a great opportunity to experience the design process in its entirety. From finding a problem to building a working prototype of the proposed solution, the end result was very rewarding. My biggest role in this project, as you may have guessed, was to build the actual system. To address the problem we were given, we came up with the design for a safety perimeter for use in the construction industry. Essentially, this perimeter consists of an invisible laser based boundary. When this boundary is breached, the workers within the perimeter are notified through a wireless communication system.
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