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This paper is based on the premises that the purpose of engineering education is to graduate engineers who can design, and that design thinking is complex. The paper begins by briefly reviewing the history and role of design in the engineering curriculum. Several dimensions of design thinking are then detailed, explaining why design is hard to learn and(More)
Information retrieval (IR) systems interact with users by returning a ranked list of relevant documents in response to a query. Through feedback mechanisms such as relevance feedback and automated keyword expansion, IR systems attempt to guide users in constructing search queries which better represent their information needs. These mechanisms, however, do(More)
This paper presents a novel method of using Interactive Evolutionary Computation (IEC) for the design of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS). A key limitation of IEC is human fatigue. Based on the results of a study of a previous IEC MEMS tool, an alternate form that requires less human interaction is presented. The method is applied on top of a(More)
This implementation paper introduces principles for the informationarchitecture of an educational digital library, principles that address the distinction between designing digital libraries for education and designing digital libraries for information retrieval in general. Design is a key element of any successful product. Good designers and their(More)
An interface for software that creates a natural environment for engineering graphics students to improve their spatial reasoning and 3D visualization skills is described. The skills of interest involve spatial transformations and rotations, specifically those skills that engineers use to reason about 3D objects based on 2D representations. The software(More)
In equipment monitoring and diagnostics, it is very important to distinguish between a sensor failure and a system failure. In this paper, we develop a comprehensive methodology based on a hybrid system of AI and statistical techniques. The methodology is designed for monitoring complex equipment systems, which validates the sensor data, associates a degree(More)
This paper describes a multinational program aimed at teaching processes and methods for sustainable product development using multidisciplinary project-based teams. The foundation course teaches processes for designing sustainable products and services, metrics and evaluation methods through a combination of lectures, project work, and examination of(More)
An algorithm for automated construction of a sparse Bayesian network given an unstructured probabilis­ tic model and causal domain information from an expert has been developed and implemented. The goal is to obtain a network that explicitly reveals as much information regarding conditional indepen­ dence as possible. The network is built incrementally(More)