June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
Engineering Design Graphics
15.24.1 - 15.24.7
A Delphi Survey to Determine Name Change Possibilities for the Engineering Design Graphics Division
The Engineering Design Graphics Division of the American Society for Engineering Education has been considering a name change for several years. We have sought input at the business meetings at both the annual MidYear Conference and the annual ASEE Conference and a list of suggested names has been compiled. A Delphi survey is currently planned to help us achieve consensus on this issue. We are asking the participants to help determine if any of these names should replace the Engineering Design Graphics as the Division name, or if there are names that have not yet been suggested. The Delphi technique is conducted through a series of rounds which give participants feedback from the previous round and allow them to reevaluate their responses. This Delphi will be conducted electronically with all survey instruments and responses made via the web. The objective of this Delphi is to gather consensus about the possible names, not to determine the best name. A vote of the EDGD membership would be required for a name change. Everyone who is on the EDGD listserv will be invited to participate as a panelist on this survey.
Because the Delphi encourages comments that can be viewed by all the participants it is possible that we will have dialog to support the suggested name changes. It is also possible that the outcome will be to continue using Engineering Design Graphics as the name for the Division. This Delphi survey will give a large number of EDGD members the opportunity to participate and give their opinions. This paper will describe the methods used for this survey. The presentation will discuss the outcomes of the survey and give suggestions for further action.
What is in a Name?
The Engineering Design Graphics Division has been in existence since 1928 and was initially called the Engineering Drawing Division. In 1958 the Committee on Aims and Scope made this recommendation, “Whereas the term Engineering Graphics characterizes more accurately the scope of our work, which includes graphic analysis and problem solving as well as the description of objects for manufacture: therefore we recommend that the name of the Engineering Drawing Division of the American Society for Engineering Education be changed to the Engineering Graphics Division of the American Society for Engineering Education”.4 This would remain the official name for less than ten years. At the ASEE Annual Conference in June 1969, after much heated debate and sober deliberation, the membership of the Division approved another name change. The Division’s official name became the Engineering Design Graphics Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.
In the 1993 a Special Edition of the Engineering Design Graphics Journal was published. This special edition was in celebration of the 100th anniversary of ASEE and the 65th year of the Graphics Division. The title of this special edition was “The Evolution of the Engineering Design
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