Evaluating the Impacts of Different Interventions on Quality in Concept Generation

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2016-06-26
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Helm, Kevin
Jablokow, Kathryn
Daly, Shanna
Silk, Eli
Yilmaz, Seda
Suero, Rafael
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McKilligan, Seda
Associate Dean for Academic Personnel Success and Strategic Initiatives
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Industrial Design
The Department of Industrial Design seeks to teach students to tap creativity for the design of products, systems or services that meet commercial objectives in business and industry. The Industrial Design Program was established in the Department of Art and Design in 2010. In 2012, the Department of Industrial Design was created.
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Producing ideas of high quality has great importance in engineering design. Although concept generation is sometimes one of the shorter phases of a project, concept generation that leads to viable and unique solutions can greatly contribute to a product’s final outcomes. Concept generation also has importance as a tool for engineering education and academic research. Because the quality of solutions can vary from individual to individual and from circumstance to circumstance, it would be useful to better understand how different interventions influence the outcomes of the ideation process in the concept generation stage of engineering design. In this work, we investigated the impacts of the problem context and three specific interventions designed to increase the ideation flexibility for the outcomes of concept generation. The three interventions were problem framing, design tools, and teaming. Our results show that both problem framing and teaming impact several aspects of quality, while design tools only impact the quantity of ideas produced.

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This presentation is published as Helm, K. C., & Jablokow, K. W., & Daly, S. R., & Silk, E. M., & Yilmaz, S., & Suero, R. (2016, June), Evaluating the Impacts of Different Interventions on Quality in Concept Generation Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26766. Posted with permission.

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