MAPPING DESIGN BRIEFS AND RESULTS OVER A DECADE OF UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY STUDENT PROJECTS

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Abstract

This research focuses on navigating the complexity of a modern approach to product development in the educational context, revolving around how to best equip future product developers. The PdP (Product development Project) course at Aalto University has been running for 25 years and is considered a success in what concerns Industry-Academia cooperation. Many changes have occurred in industry, education, and students' profiles during the last decade. Collaborative projects became substantially more complex and showed a significant degree of trans disciplinarity. This paper analyses the wide repository of data related to the PdP course to classify characteristics of industry project briefs and the nature of multidisciplinary knowledge used during their development. The findings suggest industrial partners favour providing design briefs with relatively high degrees of novelty and uncertainty in the course. It was also found that breakthrough types of projects have resulted in the most balanced disciplinary contributions to the project outcomes, whereas derivative projects have leaned on mechanical engineering. More conceptual research and development projects emphasize design and business, and platform projects have varied widely. The project typology and profiles can be of help to educators, students, and industry representatives alike in scoping and planning university-industry project-based courses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Subtitle of host publicationDisrupt, Innovate, Regenerate and Transform, E and PDE 2022
EditorsErik Bohemia, Lyndon Buck, Hilary Grierson
PublisherThe Design Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-912254-16-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sept 20229 Sept 2022
Conference number: 24

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 24th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Disrupt, Innovate, Regenerate and Transform, E and PDE 2022

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Abbreviated titleE&PDE
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period08/09/202209/09/2022

Keywords

  • design education
  • live projects
  • Product development
  • university-industry liaison

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