June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering
There is a gap between academia and industry in terms of how students are taught to solve complex problems and how professionals solve complex problems in industry. This paper will begin to explore the tools and techniques professional engineers use in their work. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with professionals employed in engineering roles. The interview protocol asked the engineers to identify tools and techniques they use for complex problem solving. A preliminary analysis of five participants’ interviews revealed four tool or techniques used in complex problem solving in industrial settings: lean and/or Six Sigma, risk management, data management, and communication across teams. Ultimately, we envision the results of this work will lead to recommendations for curricular interventions and reform in STEM education to bridge the academic-industry divide.
Trigg, L., & Diefes-Dux, H. A. (2017, June), Characterization of Techniques used in Industry: The Practice of Complex Problem Solving in Engineering Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28025
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