Computer Aided Design


Hey there, so I just started a class called Computer Aided Design where we use a program called CATIA to create working models to defined specifications. For example, have you ever seen a structural drawing of an object with its various components labeled by their dimensions and units? Well this is CATIA. Most engineering majors at Riddle require students to be proficient in CATIA as it is a medium that aids in the communication of ideas between you and the teacher, researcher, or fellow student.

U Joint in CATIA

The program is essential to communication because you can define the exact elements of your idea and provide those who are looking at your work with an accurate 3D representation of your concept. The class is also organized so that it models the work you would be doing in the engineering industry. So from day one you are not only learning how to formulate parts and models in CATIA but, you are also working toward your final project. My class’s final project is to design a Mars Rover that is similar to NASA’s rover Curiosity. We just finished the second week of class and we already have the necessary research, preliminary designs, and a portion of the knowledge to complete the project!

I am very excited to be taking this course and working on a project that is related to my major and my career. Embry Riddle Prescott courses are designed to provide the student with the experience that they need to succeed and CAD is a perfect example of such a course. I hope that you will get to take this class too so you can get the growing experience that is only available at Embry Riddle!!



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About Cherie

**Major:** Aerospace Engineering **Minors:** Mathematics Minor, Military Science Minor **Hometown:** Bermuda, FL **Activities:** AFROTC, SHPE **Honors:** Service Excellence Award, Deans List Award **Favorite Class:** Structures **Favorite thing to do in Prescott:** Kayaking, see movies, cruise through downtown **In my free time, I…** like to watch Netflix, go bike riding, hang out with friends, and relax

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