Asee peer logo

A Delphi Survey To Determine Name Change Possibilities For The Engineering Design Graphics Division

Download Paper |


2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010



Conference Session

Research in Graphics Education

Tagged Division

Engineering Design Graphics

Page Count


Page Numbers

15.24.1 - 15.24.7



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Mary Sadowski Purdue University

visit author page

Mary A. Sadowski: As Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College of Technology at Purdue University, Dr. Sadowski provides leadership for the School’s strategic initiatives in undergraduate education; serves as coordinator of accrediting activities and initiatives, scholarships, and enrollment management; and provides leadership for activities related to diversity and student services. Dr. Sadowski is a professor of Computer Graphics and has taught a variety of courses including CAD, Web Design, Animation, and Creative Thinking. Her research interests include enhancing visualization skills and creative thinking.

visit author page


Patrick Connolly Purdue University

visit author page

Patrick Connolly is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology with Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Design and Graphics Technology and Master of Science degree in Computer Integrated Manufacturing from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He completed a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Purdue University in 2007. Professor Connolly has been teaching at Purdue since 1996, and has extensive industry experience in CAD applications and design, CAE software support, and customer service management. He is currently a member of The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), ASEE-Engineering Design Graphics Division (EDGD.

visit author page

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

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

Sadowski, M., & Connolly, P. (2010, June), A Delphi Survey To Determine Name Change Possibilities For The Engineering Design Graphics Division Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16472

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2010 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015