New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Maker spaces and design centers of different kinds are becoming popular hubs of activity on many engineering campuses. Some of these centers, such as Stanford’s d-school and Northwestern University’s Segal Design Institute, have existed for over a decade. However, a growing number of other engineering centers have recently been established in parallel with the rise of community hacker and maker spaces, including the Design Studio at the University of Delaware. These centers generally offer a physical location with fabrication resources and support for students to learn and work in a hands-on, project-based learning environment. Though each design center has a unique purpose relative to its home institution, the centers have all had an impact on centralizing design experiences into the campus culture.
This paper examines the impact of the arrival of the Design Studio at the University of Delaware and reports on how the impact has been tracked and documented. From student-led design and construction teams through surveys of recent alumni, the methods and results of this single case study can serve as a template for development and evaluation of new design centers to review as they plan and implement their own centers to foster design, innovation, and entrepreneurship skills in undergraduate engineering students.
Roberts, D., & Buckley, J. (2016, June), The Role of a Design Studio in a Mechanical Engineering Department Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27007
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