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Bigger, Better, Badder Widgets for Whistling Dixie. Your Names Here Mechanical Engineering Department California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, California. Overview of Presentation. Introduction Project Plan Idea Generation Comparing Alternatives Design Conclusions

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bigger better badder widgets for whistling dixie

Bigger, Better, BadderWidgets for WhistlingDixie

Your Names Here

Mechanical Engineering Department

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, California

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

overview of presentation
Overview of Presentation
  • Introduction
  • Project Plan
  • Idea Generation
  • Comparing Alternatives
  • Design
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

summarize the results
Summarize the Results
  • Give main recommendations at the beginning
  • No suspense
  • Just the facts at first, the “what” not the “why”
  • No details
  • Then get on with the story

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

xyz design is slick and meets objectives

The Conclusion

the “Story”

Introduce the design, the answer, No “Mystery” presentations, tell them what you arrived at right up front (may take a couple of slides)

XYZ Design is “Slick” and Meets Objectives

Features

  • Light
  • Fast
  • Looks Good
  • Unique

Action

caption:

each slide tells its own story

Give the audience the context for the details to be presented next, “tell them what you are going to tell them”

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

xyz design exceeds detailed requirements

Design Requirements - Restate the problem definition, give detailed requirements overview (give the important stuff, what drove the design)

XYZ Design Exceeds Detailed Requirements
  • Functional
    • jumps over buildings
    • serves breakfast
  • Performance
    • 20 lbs in weight
  • Aesthetic
    • purple

Note the Action Caption

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

a few things to note
(A Few Things to Note)
  • Interesting background/color scheme
  • Slides are not “busy”
  • Subtle tie of business with Cal Poly ME

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

the scary facts
The Scary Facts
  • In two weeks you will be presenting your final project in class
  • In three weeks you will be presenting your final project to your sponsor

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

design review contents
Design Review Contents
  • Inform – give structure of problem
  • Show choices and comparison of alternatives
  • Warn of possible dangers and pitfalls
  • Give your best recommendation(s) for the course to follow (you keep returning to this)

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

style of presentation
Style of Presentation
  • Short and sweet
  • Not complicated
  • Tell a good story
  • Avoid busy slides
  • Give structure and then fill in details
  • Use lots of graphics or photos

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

extensive trade study shows xyz is the best choice

Trade Study Results: Show How You Arrived at What you Did

important stuff only, an overview

Extensive Trade Study Shows XYZ is the Best Choice

For some projects slides or charts might be the

bulk or majority of the presentation

Show that you did your homework, thought about options, used “engineering” to make decisions

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

xyz design employs several key features

Series of charts which explain the design, how it works, its key features

XYZ Design Employs Several Key Features
  • Super Elastomer Springs
  • Carbon Fiber Fiber Reinforced Titanium
  • *$^%$&
  • *(@$#@$#

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

xyz loads were derived from given requirements

Then go into overview of the engineering details, the methods, the procedures

XYZ Loads Were Derived from Given Requirements
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Vibes

Annotate the graphics not cartoons

Put it out there:

Assumptions

FBDs, MADs,cost estimates, etc.

Limited details

Show methods

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

xyz structural and thermal analysis confirms integrity
XYZ Structural and Thermal Analysis Confirms Integrity
  • Material Properties
  • Analysis Techniques
    • Beam Theory, Plates
    • FEA
    • Etc.

Outline the assumptions, analytical methods, and approach

No detailed calcs just an overview

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

summary of all xyz analytical results indicates a robust design
Summary of All XYZ Analytical Results Indicates a Robust Design
  • Use a table to give results
  • Or use a bulleted list
  • Make this crystal clear
  • Eradicate ambiguity

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

xyz costs are well below target
XYZ Costs are Well below Target
  • XYZ costs are $879 in material, $1026 in labor
  • Give tabular breakdown of costs
  • Give costs for alternates if appropriate

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

xyz design is low risk

Risk analysis if applicable

XYZ Design is Low Risk
  • Robust
  • Easy to make
  • Current, proven technology

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

xyz design is way cool and the future

Make your final conclusions, all previous charts should back up this conclusion

XYZ Design is Way Cool and The Future
  • Robust
  • Light
  • Low-Cost
  • Easy to Make

Seriously - be honest and, show problems as well, but always have an answer or a fix, depends on audience as to the amount of sales...

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

xyz design should be

Give them the advice as to what needs to be done next...

XYZ Design Should Be …
  • Recommendation 1
  • Recommendation 2
  • Recommendation n
  • These should point toward the future
  • Your customer, after hearing these, should have a clear idea of what to do next

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

question and answers
Question and Answers?

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

some more do s and don ts
Some More Do’s and Don’ts
  • Don’ts
    • Failure to adhere to the time limits
    • Failure to identify the objectives of your presentation
    • Failure to set limits on the subject (scope)
    • Lack of organization
    • Over-complexity of visual aids(too much info, too small print)
    • Use of terms not familiar to the audience
    • Give details not related to your main points
    • Sloppy delivery
    • Facing the screen with back to audience
    • Use of inappropriate jokes
    • Do not use noisy, busy distracting PowerPoint slides or gimmicks
  • Do’s
    • Know your audience
    • Know your topic
    • Be organized
    • Maintain eye contact;include whole audience
    • Make audience participants
    • Maintain clarity in presentation, keep it as simple as possible
    • Be enthusiastic
    • Use humor effectively
    • Watch audience and adapt
    • Dress appropriately
    • Be aware of position and distracting movements
    • Be aware of voice: clarity, speed (slow down), tone, inflection, volume
    • Use props effectively
    • Be aware of time
    • Use clear transitions between sections
    • Be prepared to answer questions

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

presentation grading scheme reviewers and professor
Presentation Grading Scheme (Reviewers and Professor)

(10 pts) 1. Quality of Presentation Delivery

  • Do Presenters have a professional appearance?
  • Are voices clear and easy to understand?
  • Do presenters face the audience and not block the screen?
  • Are transitions handled smoothly?
  • Are presentation tools used properly and with confidence?
  • Do presenters use too much slang or inappropriate remarks in presentation?

(10 pts) 2. Preparedness

  • Is the “story” well planned?
  • Was stage well set with sufficient background material?
  • Are relevant questions handled well?

(10 pts) 3. Quality of Presentation Slides

  • Clear and readable?
  • Logical Organization?
  • Appropriate Level of detail/abstraction?
  • Effective use of Graphics, illustrations, drawings?
  • Are there spelling, grammar, capitalization, or punctuation mistakes on the slides?

(10 pts) 4. Completeness of Presentation

  • Are all required areas addressed?
  • Has sufficient information in each area been provided?
  • Were hard-to-understand points conveyed with sufficient graphical aids?

(10 pts) 5. Thoroughness of Design

  • Have important design issues been overlooked?
  • Has the design process proceeded in a logical sequence?

ME 428 – Technical Design Review

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