What we’ve learned: Design and design centers in engineering education

Steven J. Fenves
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213, U.S.A.

The article is an extended version of the verbal summary presented at the concluding lunch of the workshop on “Computing Futures in Engineering Design.” In the paper, the first person is used to differentiate my observations or reactions from the summaries of the speakers’ presentations. The common themes that emerge during the workshop are: the need to set the discipline-specific context before computational tools are used; the incompatibilities between point tools that hinder their use; the paramount importance of teamwork; and the need to understand and treat design as a social process.


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