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Using Product Archaeology to Integrate Global, Economic, Environmental, and Societal Factors in Introductory Design Education

Research Area: Research Publication Year: 2011
Type of Publication: Proceedings
Authors: Devendorf, Erich; Cormier, Phil; Moore-Russo, Deborah; Lewis, Kemper
Series: DETC2011-48438
Publisher: ASME IDETC, Washington, DC
Awards:
Awarded best paper for the Design Education Conference
Abstract:
Design education has traditionally been incorporated into the engineering curriculum in the junior or senior year through upper level mechanical design courses and capstone design projects. However, there is a general trend in engineering education to incorporate design activities at the freshman and sophomore level. The design aspects of these courses provide a unique opportunity to integrate global, economic, environmental, and societal factors with traditional design considerations. Incorporating these early in an engineering curriculum supports a broad engineering education in accordance with ABET required Outcome h. In this paper we introduce global, economic, environmental, and societal factors into a sophomore level engineering design course using strategies adapted from a Product Archaeology paradigm. Specifically, functional modeling is synthesized with a product dissection platform to create a foundation to demonstrate the broader impacts of engineering design decisions. The effectiveness of using Product Archaeology-based educational strategies to facilitate the learning objectives of Outcome h is evaluated using student surveys taken over a two year period
Comments:
Design Education Conference

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