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Dissertation Defense – Werner Born July 19th at 1:00PM

Day/Time/Location: July 19th at 1pm in the Mechanical Engineering Conference Room (EGR-0159)
Committee:
Professor Linda Schmidt, Advisor
Professor Jeffrey Herrmann
Associate Professor David Bigio
Assistant Professor Mark Fuge
Associate Professor David Akin, Dean’s Rep
Title: USING ENGINEERING DESIGN PROJECT JOURNALS TO INFER INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITY AND ASSESS TEAM BEHAVIOR
Abstract:
Design is critical to our society and yet we still do not understand a great deal about the underlying processes which occur as the engineering designer solves a problem. Analyzing such information could provide a wealth of insight on not only how design works but also how individuals work design. Concurrently maintained design journals kept by mechanical engineering students enrolled in capstone design courses offer a rich avenue to explore this phenomena. By applying a classification scheme to design journals, the entries of design activity of both individuals and teams will be analyzed to determine relative time on each activity. These proportions will be examined across multiple project intervals defined by key deliverable dates in addition to across the project as a whole. Recurring sequences within these activities will also be identified. Beyond the use of the classification scheme, other aspects of design journal analysis are explored. Specific concepts are tracked across a team, which will be used to calculate ratios of how often a member of a team references concepts by their teammates, themselves, and the final concept. With the addition of entry dates this information will also be used to map the exchange of ideas across a team and to chart the life of each concept.