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Development of Enhanced Value, Feature, and Stakeholder Views for a Model-Based Design Approach

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Systems Engineering Division Technical Session 3

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William A Kline Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Bill Kline is Professor of Engineering Management and Associate Dean of Innovation at Rose-Hulman. His teaching and professional interests include systems engineering, quality, manufacturing systems, innovation, and entrepreneurship. As Associate Dean, he directs the Branam Innovation Center which houses campus competition teams, maker club, and projects.

He is currently an associate with IOI Partners, a consulting venture focused on innovation tools and systems. Prior to joining Rose-Hulman, he was a company co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Montronix, a company in the global machine monitoring industry.

Bill is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Illinois College and a Bronze Tablet graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he received a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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William D. Schindel ICTT System Sciences

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William D. Schindel is president of ICTT System Sciences, a systems engineering company, and developer of the Systematica Methodology for model and pattern-based systems engineering. His 40-year engineering career began in mil/aero systems with IBM Federal Systems, Owego, NY, included service as a faculty member of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and founding of three commercial systems-based enterprises. He has consulted on improvement of engineering processes within automotive, medical/health care, manufacturing, telecommunications, aerospace, and consumer products businesses. Schindel earned the BS and MS in Mathematics.

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Ashley Bernal Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Ashley Bernal is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She received her PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011. She was an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) teaching fellow and Student Teaching Enhancement Partnership (STEP) Fellow. Prior to receiving her PhD, she worked as a subsystems engineer at Boeing on the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (JUCAS) program. Her research areas of interest include piezoelectrics, nanomanufacturing, optical measuring techniques, and intercultural design.

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Mario Simoni Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Mario Simoni is Department Head and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

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The increasing complexity of the workplace that engineering students find upon graduation suggests that they must be not only technical problem solvers but also innovators and value creators where the designs they create both solve technical problems and provide benefit to a variety of interested stakeholders. Students must also adopt a broad view of value and benefit that includes financial, social, and environmental. The challenge for engineering educators becomes how to develop and teach a design process that educates students in this broader mindset and skillset of problem solving plus value creation.

Recent work has proposed a systems-based approach for design and this approach has found application in engineering education from first year to capstone design courses. This approach develops a number of ‘views’ of the system to be designed including stakeholders, features, interactions, and functional views. These views provide the multiple perspectives of the system to be designed that are necessary to describe the structure, functionality, and behavior of the system. This previous work has been presented at INCOSE and will be briefly described in the paper.

The systems modeling approach identifies features as the primary components of value provided by the designed system. This paper develops a clearer connection between features, stakeholders, and value provided with two new modeling views developed and discussed. The first new view identifies all relevant stakeholders in the value chain and indicates desirable features for each stakeholder group with degree of value placed on each one. The second view provides a structure to compare candidate designs through their level of attainment of the key features identified.

These new views will be compared against existing design approaches to illustrate the benefits that they offer which include a more comprehensive approach for identifying multiple stakeholders and their needs and the ability to focus student attention on multiple perspectives of ‘creating value’ including financial, social, and environmental.

These two new views are illustrated through a design case study for a remote control device.

Kline, W. A., & Schindel, W. D., & Bernal, A., & Simoni, M. (2017, June), Development of Enhanced Value, Feature, and Stakeholder Views for a Model-Based Design Approach Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28171

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