MAE451: Design Process and Methods
C. L. Bloebaum
Dr. Christina L. Bloebaum
1013 Furnas Hall
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C. L. Bloebaum, 1013 Furnas Hall, Mon. 11-12; Tues. 10-11; Thurs. 10-11
Teaching Assistants and TA Office Hours
Edward DeMauro (email@example.com), 311 Jarvis (Design Library), Tues. 11-12; Thurs. 11-12
Zhendan Xue (firstname.lastname@example.org), 311 Jarvis (Design Library), Wed. 10-11
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This is a booklet in the bookstore that will be used in
the Saturday Teaming session of the course Operation Teamwork).
Follow the instructions inserted
in the booklet.
The scored booklet with your name on it must be brought to the teaming session on
Saturday, October 7
(counted as part of the teaming homework assignment).
No textbook is required. There will be multiple handouts and notes posted on Blackboard that will be
used to complement the lectures.
Ullman, D., 1992, The Mechanical Design Process
Edition, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY.
Kelley, T., 2001, The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from Ideo, America's Leading Design
Cagan, J. and Vogel, C., 2002, Creating Breakthrough Products
, Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River,
Ertas, A. and Jones, J, 1996, The Engineering Design Process
, John Wiley and Sons, New York, NY.
This course will provide an opportunity for you to explore design processes and different design methods.
, while most of your engineering courses have been limited to
After successfully completing this course, you should be able to formulate a product design problem (i.e., know
how to start when given an open problem), generate alternative solutions to the problem, and identify the
relevant tools to help make the design process more efficient.
Specifically, I plan on providing the
opportunity for you to learn how
to negotiate solutions to open problems.
Open problems are characterized as those for which there may
be multiple solutions or for which no solution may exist;
to work in teams, understand and deal with interpersonal relationships and communicate at personal and
to learn how to evaluate design alternatives and make rational and effective decisions about product
design and development;
to learn criteria and characteristics of good designs and reasons and mistakes behind bad designs;
to become better decision makers as product designers, design engineers, or manufacturing engineers;
to be able to handle ethical issues, information property issues, and to understand the usefulness of