Introduction to Engineering DesignbyAndrew Samuel,John Weir•ISBN: 0750642823•Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books•Pub. Date: November 1999
Special AcknowledgmentWe make consistent reference throughout this text to engineering judgement and wisdom. Some of thiswisdom is acquired through years of practice in the design profession, but much of it is gained throughclose association with inspired and creative colleagues. Engineering design is an emerging discipline. Mostlearning institutions offering courses in engineering struggle with the nature of engineering design experienceto be offered to students. It is a labour intensive activity. Our experience and wisdom in this emerging fieldhas been nurtured and developed by our continued, close association with William (Bill) Lewis. It is nowrecognised that major technical change can occur through a series of paradigm shifts. In engineeringeducation at Melbourne, a paradigm shift took place when engineering design became a core part of theengineering curriculum. This change can be, almost entirely, attributed to the inspired course managementand planning of Bill Lewis. Bill gained his Ph.D. in 1974 in a then almost unheard of field of research inengineering courses, engineering creativity. Bill was the first to obtain a doctorate at Melbourne in engineeringdesign, and may well have been the first in the world to do so. Even before that achievement, in 1967, Billwas the first to identify and publish a reasoned evaluation of formal educational objectives in engineeringdesign courses. These days engineering courses around the world offer problem-based and project basedlearning experiences to undergraduates. With Bill's guidance and inspiration we have been offering suchlearning experiences for more than 25 years. This book is a distillation of these experiences and Bill'scontribution is gratefully acknowledged.AcknowledgmentWriting a text on engineering design, based on an on-going course programme, makes wide use of ideasgleaned from both students and colleagues. Since its serious introduction to the undergraduate programmeat Melbourne in the early 60s, the design programme has been an organic component of the engineeringcourse. It has grown and has been honed and nurtured by ideas and contributions from many sources.Some of these ideas were developed in formal planning sessions, but many are the result of informalcoffee-table discussions. For all of these, and the many opportunities to work with insightful colleaguesand inspiring students, we are grateful. Special thanks are due to Colin Burvill, Bill Charters, Bruce Field,Jamil Gholel, Errol Hoffmann, Barnaby Hume, Janusz Krodkiewski, Wayne Lee, Stuart Lucas, JonathanMcKinlay, Peter McGowan, Peter Milner, Alan Smith, Craig Tischler, and the many hundreds ofundergraduates who continue to keep us on our mettle.