Steps in the Design Process

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Engineering Design Represents a Distinct Cognitive Process It can be broken down into a series of separate mental operations that utilize different portions of the brain The operations involve both the left and right sides of the brain and their mutual interactions (creative versus analytic reasoning) The operations are very high level and sophisticated We need to be able to identify the separate mental operations because, The solution of complex engineering problems often requires multiple individuals with specialized reasoning skills, and We need a common language or paradigm to enable the necessary communications between specialists to occur, and We need a model to help organize our own thinking
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The Distinction Between Engineering Design and Pure Invention The inventor works alone The engineer works on a team The inventor may not be able to explain how he nceived the design just “happened” conceived the design – it just happened The engineer can explain and document every step in the process (and may be asked to) If we could peer inside the inventor’s brain while it worked, we might find a somewhat chaotic organization and flow of information If we could peer inside the brains of an engineering design team, we would find labeled “boxes” into which formation is sorted and stored and an organized flow information is sorted and stored and an organized flow
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e Engineering Design Paradigms The Engineering Design Paradigms ere exists a need to “define” a problem There exists a need to define a problem There exists a need to generate solutions to the roblem problem There exists a need to make comparisons of the lutions solutions
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This note was uploaded on 06/04/2010 for the course CEE 110 taught by Professor Unlv during the Spring '10 term at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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