The Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics Department comes to Monte each year with a theme in mind to begin content development and design. This year’s Annual Report theme was simulation. In recent years, the Department added on a simulation element to their curriculum, so students follow the industry-standard practices for engineering design in their coursework and projects: simulate, design, build, and test.
Once the theme was established, the Department provided Monte with a list of faculty and alumni, whose work aligned with the theme of simulation. Monte coordinated over 20 interviews with the alumni and faculty represented in the report to get a background on their work, their research, and their impact on the curriculum. During the interviews, the Monte team developed a broad understanding of how simulation has impacted each of them. Then, the Monte team of creative writers set to work building a story about each interviewee and their role in simulation, from the software they create that helps enhance the world of simulation, to the use of simulation to improve safety features in vehicles and power lines, and how simulation plays a role in the lives of the Department’s students and graduates.
BUILDING THE THEME
Once the interviews were completed and the articles approved by each interview subject, the Monte design team started working on the layout of the report; selecting colors appropriate for the year’s theme and adding in any design elements. This year’s report was broken into three sections: Alumni, Education, and Faculty, so pages for each topic were created, showcasing a photo relating to the topic, the circular design elements, and the content that aligns with each.
Each year, the center spread incorporates the enrollment and degrees for undergraduate and graduate studies within the Department. The Monte team scoured through the ME-EM’s photo collection from 2015 and 2016 to find a photo that featured faculty or student research being conducted within the Department. This year’s photo features Dr. Nina Mahmoudian, who was selected as the NAE Frontiers of Engineering for her work on marine robotics. Additional information about her research is also featured on the back cover of the report.
DESIGINING THE COVER
Throughout the planning process, Monte was constantly brainstorming potential ideas for the cover that brought the simulation element of the theme front and center. Monte compiled their ideas and presented the options to the ME-EM Department, who decided to feature a student on the cover. The student is holding an axel bushing developed using the simulate, design, build, and test workflow. The overlay on the photo shows the simulation created by the student of the part using Altair HyperMesh software. To make the theme even clearer, the circle elements from the pages of the report are incorporated into the cover design to show the process workflow in the curriculum.