Judging CriteriaJudges will make their own decisions about how much to weight what aspects of the design. However, they will generally be guided by the following Principles:
PresentationWere the speakers crisp and clear? Were they prepared and organized? Did they stay on time? Was the presentation well organized? Were the Power Point Slides useful? Did figures have labels and scales? Could you easily read the words on each slide?
Originality of the ConceptWas the concept new and original? Was Patent information presented to verify the concept was new and original? Was market based information presented to verify the concept was new and original?
Complete DesignWas the design complete? Could the parts be manufactured? Were protective finishes properly called out? Had manufacturing costs been considered? Could purchased parts be easily obtained from alternate sources? Was there sufficient information to support purchasing, manufacturing, receiving inspection, tooling, and final inspection? Were material choices appropriate?
Market Size and Cost ConsiderationsWas the market size appropriately estimated? Were costs properly considered? Did the group properly consider soft costs such as insurance, regulatory compliance, sales, marketing, general overhead, etc.?
In accord with codes/standards and design normsDid the design appear to have considered Recognized and Generally Accepted Engineering Principles as evidenced .by Codes, Standards, Calculation Methods, etc.?
Analysis done at an acceptable levelWas analysis done at appropriate levels for a design project particularly in contrast to an analysis project?
Safety ConsiderationsWas it clear that safety was an important element in the design and had been integrated into the design rather than just tacked on at the end?
DrawingsWere the drawings of quality appearance and did they look complete with regard to call-outs, page layout, etc.?
Written ReportWas the written report of high quality and did the Executive Summary sufficiently outline the design?
NotebooksWere notebooks neat, complete and have at least two full pages per class week? Did they document phone conversations, Email conversations, etc. that resulted in design decisions?
PrototypeWas the prototype well constructed to demonstrate the design?
University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Engineering Physics