In academia and industries, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) programs are used extensively as they help streamline the product development process and reduce cost by allowing parts to be modeled iteratively at a higher precision within a shorter time. Additionally, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) programs are used to solve complex mathematical models that simulate real-world working environments that are otherwise time and labor intensive to solve manually. Despite the importance of these programs, there are 3 classes across the undergraduate and graduate levels at Washington University in St. Louis that emphasizes learning such programs. For undergraduates, only MEMS 202 is required while MEMS 103 and MEMS 5104 are an elective undergraduate and graduate class respectively. Therefore, this independent study aims to produce a roadmap by which a graduate CAE class can follow to give the students a deeper understanding of various programs. This provides the students the knowledge to then be able to choose the appropriate program to use in their future work.

Document Type

Final Report

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering and Material Sciences Independent Study

Date of Submission