This course is the first half of a two-semester course sequence for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors majoring or double majoring in materials science and engineering (MSE). This course provides a broad exposure to various aspects of planning and conducting independent research in a team setting (3 to 6 students on each team). In this course, MSE freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, working with a team leader and seniors on the team, apply their general knowledge in MSE to develop the solution to open-ended problems. *The team will meet 150 minutes per week at a time to be designated by the instructor. Recommended Course Background: EN.510.101, EN.510.109, or equivalent courses.