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Engineering Design and Simulation

MathWorks via edX Professional Certificate


Skills in software modeling and simulation are essential to any engineer's toolkit and enable participation in the design and evaluation of modern complex systems. Advancements in this area have led to the development of digital twins, enabling engineers to test and refine their designs without the need for physical prototypes. Industries as far ranging as aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, energy production, and electronics all require these skills to create the next generation of technology. Whether building a smart consumer device or a safety-critical system, these skills allow design teams to test a wide range of environments and conditions.This four-course program takes you from the basics of engineering design and simulation to the design of a complete system-level quadcopter model. At first, you will use Simulink and Simscape to run simulations and modify the behavior of the systems represented. Then you will be guided through the process of designing a quadcopter model. You'll model the individual components, taking the opportunity to ensure each subsystem is meeting the specifications. Lastly, you'll combine the mechanical and electrical subsystems to create a comprehensive quadcopter system model while verifying the results for accuracy and reliability. Special course projects are included throughout the program to challenge your modeling and simulation skills with real-world engineering problems so you can easily apply the skills learned to different scenarios.By the end of this program, you will possess the essential engineering design and simulation techniques to evaluate complex engineering systems and have a working model of a quadcopter.No prior modeling experience is required. Simulink and Simscape, industry-leading block diagram environments, are used throughout the courses to teach fundamental modeling workflows. You will be provided with a free license for the duration of the program.Engineering design and simulation skills continue to be important in many professional roles. Completing this program can be the first step towards acquiring the necessary skills to keep up with the constantly changing job market. Whether you are a recent engineering graduate looking to set yourself apart or a seasoned industry professional seeking new simulation skills, this program will provide a valuable starting point.The four courses should be completed in order: 
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Simulating a Quadcopter's Flight
  • Simulating a Quadcopter's Electromechanics
  • Assembling and Testing a Quadcopter


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Introduction to Engineering DesignGain a comprehensive overview of the engineering design workflow through the power of modeling and simulation.

Course 2: Simulating a Quadcopter's FlightGain the skills to model the mechanical subsystems, analyze flight dynamics, and refine a quadcopter simulation.

Course 3: Simulating a Quadcopter's ElectromechanicsLearn how to integrate multiple physical domains and optimize system performance of a quadcopter.

Course 4: Assembling and Testing a QuadcopterLearn the crucial skills of system-level integration, comprehensive testing, and collaboration to design and evaluate quadcopter systems effectively.


Taught by

Brian Neiswander, Nikola Trica, Ali Nejad, Sam Turton, Teresa Hubscher-Younger and Tianyi Zhu


5.0 rating, based on 3 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    I just finished this remarkable program, and it's been an incredible journey. The program provided me with invaluable skills and insights specific to engineering projects, with applications across various scientific and engineering disciplines. I'm genuinely impressed and thrilled with what I've learned! The activities were both fun and challenging, keeping me engaged throughout. I can't wait to put these newfound skills to use in my work and to explore new opportunities ahead. Highly recommend!
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    Abraham Gastelum Z
    Excellent program for those trying to get into the world of simulation and modelling, or for those who are already into it and want to refresh their knowledge or polish their skills.

    The projects and assignments are engaging and the course staff is readily available to answer questions and explore possible solutions to roadblocks during the course.

    The interviews with Mathworks experts are also pretty interesting and concise.
  • Anonymous
    It is very good beginner to learn and explore simulink. And the teaching is very good and the simulation of quadcopter and gokart is very fun to learn

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