The Compatibility (or Incompatibility) of How we Teach Engineering Design and Analysis

Sheri D. Sheppard
Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
503 Terman, Stanford CA 94305, USA
E-mail: sheppard@cdr.stanford.edu

Abstract:
This paper begins with an overview of some of the issues and challenges of teaching engineering analysis and design. It continues with a summary of a design exercise that was run as part of the Mudd Design Workshop II; this exercise was intended to be the foundation and springboard for a discussion on analysis and design education by workshop participants. The design exercise demonstrated that there is both compatibility and incompatibility in how we combine/juxtapose the teaching of engineering design and analysis. Our educational system has many elements that support our students becoming competent in both design and analysis. What is generally missing are opportunities for their use in an integrated manner. Some ideas are presented about how this integration might be fostered.

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