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A Way Of Doing Engineering Design

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.124.1 - 6.124.15

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Srinand Karuppoor

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Ravinder Chona

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Christian Burger

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The ability to design is the distinguishing characteristic of an engineer. Yet, the process by which a design can be created most efficiently and with the highest degree of innovation is seldom taught at American Universities. Recent research at several universities and industries are increasing our understanding of both the engineering design process as well as effective means for teaching that process. These research findings have been combined and evolved into a cohesive design approach. At the core of this approach is a design philosophy based on good abstraction, good critical parameter identification, a methodology for questioning and a cognitive process of concept-configuration looping. This philosophy along with the design process is taught in the senior under-graduate design and graduate design courses at Texas A&M University. The students understand and experience the design philosophy and apply the design process on real world design projects provided by the industry. This paper describes the design philosophy and discusses its application in the various stages of the design process. It also discusses the methodologies involved in working through each of the stages of a design. The paper shows how the philosophy and the process enable the designer to design effectively, efficiently and still be innovative.

Karuppoor, S., & Chona, R., & Burger, C. (2001, June), A Way Of Doing Engineering Design Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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