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Interactive Design and Technology Research

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Design Across Disciplines

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Design in Engineering Education

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22.938.1 - 22.938.12



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Farrokh Attarzadeh University of Houston

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Farrokh Attarzadeh earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1983. He is an associate professor in the Engineering Technology Department, College of Technology at the University of Houston. He teaches software programming and is in charge of the senior project course in the Computer Engineering Technology Program. He is a member of ASEE and has been with the University of Houston since 1983. Dr. Attarzadeh may be reached at

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Alan Gow Alan Gow and Associates

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Alan Gow received his B S Engineering in 1960 from Wichita State University with a primary major in Mechanical Engineering and secondary majors in Electrical and Aeronautical Engineering. He received a M.S. Management from WSU in 1963. The consulting firm of Alan Gow and Associates was founded in 1962 to provide management and business/product development services to owners, Directors, and CEO's of technology based businesses and has been in continuous operation since. In parallel, Mr Gow has founded, co- founded, or purchased seven technology businesses, the last three were industrial electronics manufacturing firms. Also in parallel Mr. Gow has served with the Boeing Co. as an engineer and Program Manager (over 10 years), with Rockwell International, and the Harris Corporation at the senior management level.

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EunSook Kwon University of Houston

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EunSook Kwon, a professor and director, has developed the curriculum of the new Industrial Design program at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston. She holds MA, MFA in Industrial Design and PhD in Arts Education from the Ohio State University. She is an editorial board member of Design Issues and member of IDSA (Industrial Design Society of America). she was selected in DesignIntelligence’s list of “Most Admired Educators” in architecture, industrial design, and interior design. Dr. Kwon may be reached as

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Interactive Design and Technology Research: From Ideation to ImplementationAbstractThe growth and acceptance of interdisciplinary education has blurred the boundaries associatedwith more traditional and insular curricular models. In this environment, multidisciplinaryprojects are fast becoming the norm. The purpose of this paper is to introduce the framework andworking process of a new interdisciplinary capstone course that creates a dynamic new learningcontext by combining an Industrial Design Studio with a Computer Engineering TechnologyLaboratory. Integrating two core courses, senior students in Industrial Design and ComputerEngineering Technology are given the opportunity to participate in a high quality educationalenvironment with authentic and tangible learning experiences.The paper discusses the collaborative course design embedded in a combined studio/laboratorysetting. This instructional approach will provide an unique educational experience that allowsstudents to: (1) learn knowledge and tools in two disciplines that can be used applied toward thecompletion of a real-world, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research project; (2) developcomplementary skill sets across two disciplines which will allow students to design and build aworking prototype; (3) use critical thinking to analyze the effectiveness and quality of theresearch process and its outcomes.Unlike traditional learning in industrial design and engineering technology programs with anemphasis on design concept prototyping and technological prototyping respectively, thisinterdisciplinary course integrates these parallel tracks to provide a seamless collaborativelearning experience. From the identification of a research problem to the development of aworking prototype, the collaborative studio/laboratory reinforces creative and critical thinkingwith an emphasis on human, technological, and aesthetic aspects of product development. Thisapproach to undergraduate education can provide constructive and authentic learning experiencesto meet the industry needs. This paper reports the preliminary results of the pilot phase of a one-year grant awarded through the Office of Undergraduate Discovery Programs at the Universityof XXX.

Attarzadeh, F., & Gow, A., & Kwon, E. (2011, June), Interactive Design and Technology Research Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18295

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