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Prof. Woodie Flowers handed a syllabus to students enrolled in course 2.70, the Mechanical Engineering "Introduction to Design" class, with a simple but maddening challenge: design and build a robotic system for putting a round peg in a square hole, while a competing system tries to put another peg into the same hole. Students received a box of supplies -- a variety of cardboard tubes, cords, two motors, sprockets, and rubber bands -- and a series of lectures that introduced the fundamentals of design. The course is demanding, but students love it. Hundreds now pack the "final competition " cheering on friends, the most elegant contraption, or even the biggest failure. For four decades, this hands-on course has taught "gracious professionalism". Recently renamed course 2.007 "Design and Manufacturing", it has become one of MIT's iconic classes, inspiring other engineering education programs at the Institute, such as the 6.270 class, and at other institutions, including the FIRST Robotics Competition for high school students. [Text from MIT 150 Exhibition label]

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Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Flowers came to Institutue as a graduate student in the 1960s earning his SM degree 1968; MEng degree in 1971; and PhD in 1973. A major innovator in Design and Engineering Education, Flowers pioneered the famous 2.70/2.007 course as well the concept "Gracious Professionalism." Healso help found the FIRST Robotics Competition. His own research focused especially on the creation of prosthetics for above-the-knee amputees.
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