Christopher Robert Saulnier

PhD Candidate, Product Design and Engineering Education
MIT-SUTD Collaboration Office
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Mass. Ave, Building 3-339L, Cambridge, MA, 02139. 
saulnier at mit dot edu


2.009 Product Engineering Process

Mentor (Fall 2017)

In 2.009, Product Engineering Processes, students work in large teams of approximately 15-20 individuals to design and build working alpha prototypes of new products. Students learn about creativity, product design, working within a budget, and gain unifying engineering experience. The course is designed to emulate what engineers might experience as part of a design team in a modern product development firm. Each team has ~4 mentors that are professionals with product development experience. They assist with a wide variety of issues, ranging from technical details, to team organization and business models. The mentors can be thought of as experienced advisors, as is common for startup companies.

2.00b Toy Product Design

Lab Instructor (Spring 2017)

Toy Product Design is an introduction to the product design process with a focus on designing for play and entertainment. It is a project-centric class. Students work in small teams of 5-6 members to design and prototype new toys. Each team is paired with a lab instructor who is a professor, graduate student, or industry representative with an established background in product design.

Wilderness Engineering Experience

Course Creator and Instructor (Summer 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

The Wilderness Engineering Experience is a project-based design class taught during the MIT-SUTD Global Leadership Program. Students work individually and in groups to authentically design and use artifacts engineered for and/or in a wilderness environment while developing design-thinking, an engineering science worldview, and leadership skill.

ESD.801 Leadership Development

Instructor (Fall 2014)

Students participate in a seminar environment created to develop leadership capabilities, and take advantage of leadership opportunities. An initial Outward Bound experience builds trust and teamwork. Readings and assignments emphasize the characteristics of desired leadership skills. Discussions explore leadership development. Culminates in a personal leadership plan.

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