June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
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Initial Assessment of Analytic Hierarchy Process to Teach Innovation and Creativity in Design and Engineering Short SummaryThis paper investigates the use of Analytic Hierarchy Process to teach design creativity andinnovation in undergraduate engineering students. Examples are included to assess itseffectiveness in the classroom. Detailed SummaryThe purpose of this research is to investigate the suitability of the Analytic Hierarchy Process(AHP) to teach design innovation and creativity in undergraduate engineering classrooms.AHP is a very structured, multi-criteria, decision-making process and traditionally has beenused to solve complex problem sets. This investigation takes a fresh look at how AHPprovides the framework to engage and encourage students to think creatively andinnovatively in design and engineering.This paper presents several separate case studies that incorporate the AHP technique in theclassroom to teach design innovation and creativity to undergraduate engineering students,including introduction at the freshmen engineering level. These case studies include: thedesign of a robotic water vehicle; the design of a coffee maker; and the design of a website.These diverse case studies explore the suitability of this decision-making technique across abroad range of design problems to assess how AHP can be utilized to give students a betterunderstanding of the design process, to foster a personal motivation towards creative andinnovative thinking and to equip students with a strategy for creative problem solving theycan use through their engineering careers.Students who participated in the case studies completed questionnaires to assess theapplication of AHP and its effectiveness to understand the problem and to reach a creativeand innovative solution. Based on the results of these student questionnaires, there is positiveevidence that AHP can be utilized to remove barriers that inhibit creativity and to foster anenvironment for students to achieve more design creativity and innovation in engineeringclassrooms. This study has implications to change the pedagogical approach used to teachengineering design and provides a methodology for design creativity that students will carrywith them throughout their career.
Michaeli, J. G., & Hou, G., & Hu, X., & Hou, M. (2014, June), Initial Investigation of Analytic Hierarchy Process to Teach Creativity in Design and Engineering Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20644
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