June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Design in Engineering Education
24.4.1 - 24.4.8
Finding Design Ways for Engineering; A Qualitative Investigation of Designers’ Experiences with DesigningEngineering is a creative profession, although that is not the way it is typically described. Thereis a misconception that engineering is a solely technical field and engineers lack non-technicalinterests. However, the essence of engineering is design under constraint, where engineers mustimagine ideas and create solutions that will solve a need and satisfy constraints andspecifications. Part of the reform of engineering education is focusing engineering classrooms ondesign, recognizing that it is the method that engineers use to solve problems and is the pillar ofall engineering activity. There is a need to support aspiring engineers in understanding thatdesign is a complex landscape of approaches, purposes, and traditions and that many knowledgesources are used to inform design. An important tool for engineering educators is to understandhow different designers design. This study is a qualitative investigation of how designersapproach and carry out design to facilitate design learning in an engineering classroom. Thefocus of this study is a case study analysis of three designers from different disciplines – art,engineering, and architecture - who call themselves “Makers”. A Maker is someone who seesthemselves as a creator and doer. It is a subculture of people who are motivated to create and fuelthis interest through self-initiated projects. Through the collection of multiple perspectives ondesign from Makers, a characterization of how each Maker experiences, carries out, andunderstand design is analyzed. Analysis is currently being conducted and will be concluded inNovember 2013.
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