What is MindWorks?
It was created to promote
a culture of professional
decision making in engineering design.
It houses a variety of
physical and virtual resources
that support project learning.
It supports a variety of
and simulation courses as
well as the capstone design
MindWorks is a physical and virtual space, but
equally important, it is a cultural
purpose of MindWorks is to motivate next generation
across multiple engineering disciplines and
equip them with best
practices of designers, helping
find innovative solutions to today's challenging
there are artifacts including mechanical models, wall decorations,
design guides, and vendor catalogs, computer projection equipment, a
meeting place and white boards. These artifacts focus on solid
mechanics, machine design, and product realization.
Virtually, there are just-in-time resources for project learning in computer
aided design, design for manufacturing, and computer modeling.
Advanced use of SolidWorks and CATIA as well as lean manufacturing
in a prototyping shop are also supported through this portal. Many
of the learning objects contained in MindWorks archives began as
previous class projects, capturing knowledge and best practices, and
now serve as a legacy for others to build upon.
there is a thriving community of undergraduate engineering students,
graduate student leaders in the Idaho Engineering Works,
professional staff, design project sponsors, alumni in regional
industry, and prospective engineering students that is a residential
design experience of choice. This is showcased annually at the
University of Idaho Engineering Design Expo.