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Innovative Teaching of Product Design and Development in an Engineering Management Program

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Engineering Management Division Technical Session 2

Tagged Division

Engineering Management

Page Count

16

Page Numbers

24.759.1 - 24.759.16

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https://peer.asee.org/20651

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42

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Sangarappillai Sivaloganathan United Arab Emirates University

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Dr Sivaloganathan is an Associate Professor at the United Arab Emirates University and is the Program Director for the MSc in Engineering Management program. He is an eminent researcher in Design Theory and Methodology and has published more than 70 papers in reputed journals and conferences. His research interests are Design Theory and Methodology, CAD and Applied FEA.
He graduated from the University of Srilanka in 1976. After an year of post graduation train in the Railways he joined the Cement industry where he worked for ten years. He got his M.Sc. from University of Aston in 1981 and Ph.D. from City University London in 1991. He joined Brunel universityin 1995 and worked there as a senior lecturer until he left Brunel in September 2011 to join UAEU. Dr Sivaloganathan was the founding Course Director for M.Sc. in Advanced Engineering Design at Brunel.

Dr. Ali Al-Marzouqi obtained his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from University of Washington, USA, in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University, USA, in 1997. He worked as an Instructor in the Chemical Engineering Department of Oregon State University for three years and then joined the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department of UAE University in September 2000. Dr. Al-Marzouqi has served as the Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies from September 2004 until present. His research focuses on the use of supercritical fluid technology in numerous applications including biodiesel production, extraction and oxidation of oil sludge, development of nanocatalysts for the conversion of halogenated methane to methanol, enhanced oil recovery, as well as for food and pharmaceutical processing.

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Ali H. Al-Marzouqi United Arab Emirates University

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Dr. Ali Al-Marzouqi obtained his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from University of Washington, USA, in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University, USA, in 1997. He worked as an Instructor in the Chemical Engineering Department of Oregon State University for three years and then joined the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department of UAE University in September 2000.

Dr. Al-Marzouqi has served as the Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering since September 2004. Dr. Al-Marzouqi's research specialization is in the area of supercritical fluid technology and has been conducting research in this area since 1992. He has used supercritical fluid technology in numerous projects including applications in wood preservation, food and pharmaceutical processing, herbal extraction, environmental remediation and enhanced oil recovery.

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Abstract

 Design   is   the   epitome   of   all   engineering   endeavours   and   is   the   life-­‐blood   of   the  manufacturing   sector.   Engineering   management   is   the   process   of   planning,  organising,   staffing,   leading   and   influencing   people   and   controlling   activities   that  have   a   technological   component.   The   denominator   of   the   technological   content   is  design   since   companies   are   involved   with   it   as   consumers   or   producers   of   it.   Thus  engineering   managers   have   to   involve   in   the   management   of   product   design   and  development   either   as   a   part   of   a   designing   team   or   as   a   purchaser   of   a   system   that  is   being   designed.   Design   process   is   often   described   as   a   stage   model   or   activity  model.   The   stage   model   often   is   static   with   specified   number   of   stages   to   include  design  brief,  specifications,  conceptual  design,  embodiment  and  detail  design  while  the  activity  model  can  incorporate  several  design  methods  such  as  Quality  Function  Deployment  and  morphological  analysis  and  will  vary  in  size  in  accordance  with  the  size  of  the  project.    United  Arab  Emirates  University  offers  a  Master  in  Engineering  Management   program   where   product   design   and   development   is   one   of   the   ten  major   courses.   Considering   the   above   the   teaching   methodology   was   divided   into  three   parts:   (i)   design   methodology   consisting   of   design   models   and   methods   (ii)  design   and   build   a   new   product   using   the   methodology   (iii)   developing   a   design  management  strategy.  In  the  current  cohort  there  are  twenty  three  students  divided  into   five   groups.   They   are   from   different   backgrounds   including   mechanical,   civil,  electrical   and   architectural   engineering   as   well   as   information   technology.   Most   of  them   have   some   working   experience   and   therefore   understand   the   design   process  easily.  However  the  challenge  was  on  the  selection  of  a  suitable  project  where  they  could   easily   understand   the   product   and   their   concern   is   only   the   designing   of   the  product.     Reading  Assistant  a  simple,  lightweight,  and  portable  mechanism  enabling  users  to  easily  switch  between  several  books,  was  chosen  as  the  product.  It  keeps  all  the  current  set   of   books   in   open   position   which   facilitates   note   taking   and   eliminates   the   need   for  frequent   opening   and   closing   of   books.   The   height   of   the   presented   book   for   reading   is  adjustable   to   the   comfort   of   the   user.   A   formal   stage   model   for   the   design   process   has   been  chosen.   The   students   were   encouraged   to   use   appropriate   design   methods   and   develop   a  design   activity   model.   They   followed   the   model   and   built   a   proof   of   product   prototype.  During   this   time   observations   were   made   on    (i)   Organized   structure   and   cognitive   action   (ii)  scoping  and  information  gathering  (iii)  consideration  of  alternatives  and  (iv)  gathering  basic  data   such   as   information,   calculation   methods,   terminologies   and   typical   values.   The  students  then  proceeded  to  the  final  stage  of  developing  the  design  management  strategy.  The   method   was   well   received   by   the   students.   The   paper   describes   a   summary   of   the  taught   material,   the   project   execution   and   the   results   of   the   observations   made   and   the  design  management  strategy  developed.        

Sivaloganathan, S., & Al-Marzouqi, A. H. (2014, June), Innovative Teaching of Product Design and Development in an Engineering Management Program Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20651

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