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WORK IN PROGRESS: Design, Creativity, and Creativity Techniques: Finding, Encouraging, and Developing the 'Voice of the Designer'

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Design in Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Design in Engineering Education

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Allen R. White MRSC Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Allen White is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University, Bloomington, and a sixth level wizard.

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Glen A. Livesay Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Glen Livesay is a Professor of Biology and Biomedical Engineering; he co-developed and co-teaches the biomedical engineering capstone design sequence at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Glen’s educational research interests include student learning styles, the statistical evaluation of assessment instruments, and increasing student engagement with hands-on activities. He has received a NSF CAREER award and served as a Fellow at the National Effective Teaching Institute.

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Kay C. Dee Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Kay C. Dee received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering, and M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering. A past member of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University, Dr. Dee is now a Professor of Biology and Biomedical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She served as the founding Director of the Rose-Hulman Center for the Practice and Scholarship of Education, and is currently the Associate Dean of Learning & Technology.

Dr. Dee has received a number of awards for teaching, research, and mentoring, including the Louisiana "Professor of the Year" award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; the Rose-Hulman Alumni Association ‘Honorary Alumnus Award’; the Tulane University President’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; the Graduate Alliance for Education in Louisiana ‘Award for Excellence in Mentoring Minority Researchers,’ and more.

Dr. Dee has given more than 60 presentations, seminars, or workshops on teaching and learning, and is a founding member of the team that gives Rose-Hulman’s 'Making Academic Change Happen' workshop. She is an author of many peer-reviewed publications in the areas of engineering education, biomaterials, and tissue engineering. Her teaching portfolio includes courses on tissue-biomaterial interactions; fundamental engineering analysis; capstone engineering design; medical device regulatory affairs; science fiction and bioethics; and teaching engineering.

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Patricia Brackin P.E. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Patricia Brackin is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where she teaches design throughout the curriculum. She is particularly interested in sustainable design. Her B.S. and M.S. are from the University of Tennessee in Nuclear Engineering and her Ph.D. is from Georgia Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering. Her industrial experience includes Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Chicago Bridge and Iron, and a sabbatical at Eli Lilly. She is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee.

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Design courses commonly discuss the importance of the voice of the customer and the voice of the product in the design process but the voice of the designer is often absent from the process. This is in contrast to the way that the vision and creativity of famous designers (e.g. Steve Jobs, Burt Rutan, Dean Kamen, etc.) are admired and celebrated. How do we help students to develop their creativity and incorporate their voice into the process? How can we also help them to improve the quality of the ideas that they inject into the design process?

A course in creativity and creativity techniques was developed as a prototype to test creativity teaching techniques for subsequent incorporation into a capstone design sequence. The primary creativity mechanism was to utilize art both as a prism for new ways of seeing and as a vehicle to explore design in collaboration with a national art museum. Students in this course explored techniques to help them find their creative core and ways to use art as a prism to see engineering design from multiple perspectives. To achieve these learning goals and to free students from potential self-limiting behaviors in discussing non-technical matters, role-playing as part of a popular role-playing game was utilized to enable students to approach creativity and creativity techniques from their character’s perspective.

White, A. R., & Livesay, G. A., & Dee, K. C., & Brackin, P. (2016, June), WORK IN PROGRESS: Design, Creativity, and Creativity Techniques: Finding, Encouraging, and Developing the 'Voice of the Designer' Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27218

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