Tahira Reid

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Engineering graduates in advancing economies are not only expected to have engineering knowledge, but also use them in creative and innovative ways. The importance of visual thinking has been critical for creativity and innovation in design. However , today's engineering students are proficient in detailed design tools but lacking in conceptual design and(More)
The purpose of this study is to continue to explore which function identification methods work best for specific design tasks. Prior literature describes the top-down and bottom-up approaches as equivalent methods for functional decomposition. Building on our prior work, this study tests the bottom-up method against the top-down and enumeration methods. We(More)
  • Bart Frischknecht, Rich Gonzalez, Panos Papalambros, Tahira Reid
  • 2009
Product design involves many diverse disciplines and is often treated as an experience-based skill following an apprenticeship learning process. While this is a valuable approach, it can be greatly enhanced by analysis capabilities derived from the diversity of disciplines that contribute to design, including engineering, economics, marketing, and(More)
Mitigating human errors is a priority in the design of complex systems, especially through the use of body area networks. This paper describes early developments of a dynamic data driven platform to predict operator error and trigger appropriate intervention before the error happens. Using a two-stage process, data was collected using several sensors (e.g.,(More)
In design classes, functional analysis is a process that is typically used to assist students with identifying essential functions to aid in the development of their concepts. However, it has been observed that students sometimes struggle with this part of the design process. In this study, a group of 26 students were studied in a 3-level within-subject(More)
All Rights Reserved 2008 When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind, and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. — Phyllis Bottome to my grandfather, Donald G. Smoke, whose patience and encouragement have resonated with me throughout(More)
This paper explores improving sketching skills and reducing the inhibition to sketch for student designers. In the first study, students were taught sketching skills through an in-class workshop. The effect was evaluated using a pre-mid-post test (n ¼ 40). In the second study, students were led through art activities to reduce their inhibition to sketch.(More)
Customer inputs in the early stages of design can potentially lead to completely new outlooks in concept generation. We propose crowd-based co-creation as a means to this end. Our main idea is to think of the customer as a source of initial design concepts rather than a means for obtaining preferences towards designer-generated concepts. For analyzing a(More)
Within the mechanical engineering discipline, product representation studies have been used to inform engineers on the suitability of their product designs for prospective customers. However, these studies are mainly based in customers' oral responses leading engineers to modify the product design accordingly. In contrast, we consider the eye tracking data(More)
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