Multidiscipline teams for intelligent innovation: Educating and training engineering and design students to co-creation

DS 87-9 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 9: Design Education, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Faucheu, Jenny; Boult, John; Delafosse, David
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Ruhr University Bochum, Germany; 2: Brunel University, United Kingdom
Section: Design Education
Page(s): 275-284
ISBN: 978-1-904670-97-1
ISSN: 2220-4342


Holistic approach for industrial innovation is obtained in integrated design teams by mixing up backgrounds and skills into multidiscipline teams. However, is mixing enough? To go further than a simple addition of skills and create a synergy, the key ingredient is to favour communication and understanding between individuals in the team. Our contribution as a graduate school of engineering is to impulse the establishment of common languages and favour constructive interactions between future engineers and future designers. A specific educational program has been tailored for French engineering students to favour mind opening through variety of lectures and hand-on activities. The focus point is a multidiscipline international workshop in design and engineering, gathering students from both areas. The workshop process has been studied and it was demonstrated that significant knowledge transfer and efficient complementarities of skills and methods were occurring and led to a global and user-centred response to the Design brief.

Keywords: Collaborative design, Design education, Design methods


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