Teaching product design to non-engineers: A review of experience, opportunities and problems

Gül E. Okudan, Sarah Elizabeth Zappe

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Abstract

Despite many developments in software and related tools, improving effectiveness and efficiency in product design is a concern. One of the reasons for this fact might be the use of different languages, tools, etc. by designers coming from different disciplines. Accordingly, in order to cross-train our students in the Entrepreneurship Minor and the Masters in Manufacturing Management program at Penn State, we have been offering Engineering Design Principles: Quality and Manufacturing Management (QMM 492) as a course where non-engineering students get a chance to cross-train before they are put in product design teams with their engineering counterparts. This paper aims to provide a review of our experience with the course in addition to potential opportunities and problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1287-1293
Number of pages7
JournalTechnovation
Volume26
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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