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Studying Ideation in Engineering Design Education: Application to Highly Mobile Robots AbstractDeveloping innovative ideas as part of engineering design can be limited by the field oftechnology and the engineer’s or design team’s understanding of the field. Without sufficientunderstanding of an emerging technical field, ideation may be hampered by reinventing theproverbial wheel or by a lack of knowledge of the underlying physical principles and state oftechnology. The engineering education research presented here seeks to develop a tool andmethodology intended to strengthen a designer’s or design team’s understanding of a field andrelevant technologies in order to foster creative and innovative solutions. The presentedinductive methodology consists of conducting a thorough review of existing relevant developingor commercially available technologies in order to obtain characteristic property data to be usedas a basis of understanding. Data is consolidated in an electronic spreadsheet tool programmedto ease data management and provide the ability to efficiently analyze design solutions. Criticalmetrics for the given application are generated and comparative results are plotted. Analysis ofthe plotted information may lead to understanding existing trends, identifying voids whereopportunities exist to expand the design space and general insights into the field leading to morebeneficial concept generation sessions and effective use of concept selection tools. Theeffectiveness of the stated design methodology and tool are investigated for the problem domainof developing a mobile cave and tunnel exploration type robot. Senior cadets from the U.S. AirForce Academy perform concept generation sessions before and after utilizing the presented toolto understand the existing technology, where the results are examined to determine the impactand utility of the tool in design and as part of engineering design curricula. A second experimentis also conducted with graduate students from the University of Texas at Austin to furtheranalyze the effectiveness of the tool on quantity and quality of the concepts generated. Theseexperiments demonstrate that state-of-technology design tools provide an effective foundationand platform for designers to generate a larger quantity of concepts, with higher quality andnovelty, compared to a control group. There exist significant implications on engineering designeducation from these findings. For example, the systematic mapping of the state-of-the-art in afield is an important learning objective and skill to be nurtured in our engineering students asthey explore and solve design problems.
Pace, P. W., & Wood, K. L., & Wood, J. J., & Jensen, D. D., & Skibba, B. K. (2011, June), Studying Ideation in Engineering Design Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18857
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