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First Year Design Showcase: Fall 2020

During the first year at TCNJ, all engineering students take ENG 142 – Fundamentals of Engineering Design.

Fundamentals of Engineering Design provides an introduction to the study of engineering design and the fundamental skill-sets used in the design process. Topics include team dynamics, effective oral and written communication, spatial visualization, and problem solving/engineering design process. These topics are practiced through team-based projects and interactive activities. Breakout sessions specific to each discipline cover additional appropriate topics, providing an overview of several areas of engineering outside of the declared major.

Freshmen complete a Student Design Showcase Project and present their projects at the end of the semester. Below is a list of the teams from the Fall 2020 semester.

8 Finalists

Team 1: Project by Adrian Calpotura, Ali Stibler, Benjamin Gruppuso, Carlos Cortes, and Chris Bonadio-Cappiello

Team 2: Pin Basketball by Piotr Bunkowski, Michael DiRienzo, James Bratt, and Justin Dougherty

Team 3: Bone Appetit by James Dolan, Dasha Eisenhauer, Victor Heras, Edgar Oyola, and Joshua Romero

Team 4: Fall Through by Hajer Ali, Chase Miller, Sam Morris, and Erin Swierczyna

Team 5: Project by Chris Strain, Daniel Petersen, Dora Krstic, and Gabriella Pollard

Team 6: Fire Away by Amanda Dias, Jon Brinkmiller, and Matthew Mentonis

Team 7: WAR by Asmaa Ali, Jay Dutta, Michelle Foong, Kyle Hue, and Jack Marble

Team 8: Plunder Bolt by John Hardie and Daniel Landau


Innovative design winner: Team 4

Most marketable design winner: Team 5

Best presentation winner: Team 1

Dean’s award winner: Team 5


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