How to Solve an Engineering Problem

  1. Write down the information that's available
  2. Sort it in a useful order
  3. Outline an approach
  4. What are the missing pieces in your approach? Define what you don't know.
  5. Get needed information or make assumptions
  6. How long do you think it will take? If you've never done it before, multiply by pi.
  7. Attack the problem (do some math, build a prototype, etc...)
  8. Repeat!