To invigorate an outdated freshman engineering course, and to re-orient this course to fit more effectively into a design-oriented engineering curriculum, a new course was introduced at UMBC. The main focus of the course was an introduction to engineering design with lectures on selected topics of analysis, computing skills and engineering drafting needed for the design. Analytical results and basic equations were introduced in the course at appropriate times as the design project progressed. Experience with small "Honors College" classes exceeded all expectations. Students were able to learn the skills needed for a complete teamdesign of a project from the conceptual identification of the design problem to the fabrication and evaluation of a prototype. The larger, general classes were also able to achieve their more limited design goal without the construction of a prototype.