James Madison University

Fourth Annual Freshman Design Competition

PHOTO: Duke Dog Fling

Over 100 Department of Engineering students put their design skills to work during the Fourth Annual Freshman Design Competition at JMU.  New this year, each team was provided an identical set of materials and a two-hour time frame to design, prototype, and test a device to “fling” a stuffed “Duke dog”.
The competition is an introduction to the engineering design process. Students are evaluated on design, economy, sustainability, team collaboration, and technical performance.  Beginning in their freshman year, students design and build projects in almost every semester until the end of their senior year. They work together and get to know one another, the faculty, and our industry partners.  
See what students said about the Design Competition on Wordle.

View the 2011 photos on Flickr.


  • September 28
    Fall Career & Internship Fair
    Festival Conference and Student Center
  • October 2
    11:00 a.m.
    Cohen Center Talk:
    David Campbell of Boston University presents: Back to the Future: Recovering the Age of Wonder
    Highlands Room
  • November 13
    11:00 a.m.
    Cohen Center Talk: Henry Petroski of Duke University presents on the topics of design, success and failure, and history of engineering and technology.
    Grafton Stovall Theater
  • April 16, 2016
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Engineering xChange