#6: Preliminary Design Review

Old Business

New Business

Assignment Due Dates

  • Design Blog Post
    • March 15th
  • Demonstrations
    • Presented at the end of the Design Review

Lab Task

Project Meetings

  1. Assign due dates to all tasks and allocate points across the task matrix.
  2. Review of Research Projects/First Blog Post (see Preliminary Project Document outline)
  3. Work on assigned tasks (task matrix)
  4. Project managers should translate task matrix into a schedule.

Division Meetings


  1. Did you…
    • Training Plan plus quiz schedule – 3DoT documentation quiz next week?
    • Find common and unify Requirements/tasks across the projects
  2. Status of Collaboration between MST and E&C
    1. NASA System Engineering Handbook Appendix C: How to Write Good Requirement
    2. 3DoT – Training Documentation
    3. Simple Robot Project Folder
      • Interface Matrix (Excel and PDF)
      • System Block Diagram (v4.54 and v5.03)
      • Schematic (v5.03)
      • IR Shield to Motor Block Diagram (v5.03)
      • Power Budget In Progress
    4. Identification of custom PCB(s)


  1. Review of E&C Technical Training Plan (does it include the following)


  1. Solidworks Strawman Models

Quality Assurance

  • Make sure Blog is posted to the correct location on the website. Do not post to more than one area. If we cannot find it we cannot grade it.
  • Clearly identify project member(s) who and how they contributed to the post. If this information is not included then no grade can be assigned.
  • Do not plagiarize material. For example if you use a photo, as a minimum provide source. See University “Cheating and Plagiarism” policy for more on this topic.
  • Failure to follow any of the following directions will result in an automatic grade reduction.
    • Once posted only your “Introductory” paragraph should appear on the project page with a “Read more à” link.
    • Blog post must include a square teaser photo.
    • All blog post must include image(s) for illustrative purposes. See presentation and starter kit to learn how to format images for upload. Failure to “optimize” images result in long periods of time from upload to the photo appearing within your blog post. This often leads to multiple uploads, with the instructor spending time deleting photos in the media folder.
    • Please use courier font and single spacing on Code examples.