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Five Steps for Crafting a Doctoral Research Proposal in Engineering Design

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Amirhossein Khosrojerdi, Shabnam Rezapour, Janet K. Allen, Farrokh Mistree

University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Paper No. DETC2014-34129, pp. V003T04A026; 11 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 16th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 11th International Conference on Design Education; 7th Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4634-6
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Doctoral students are required to prepare and defend a research proposal. In this paper, we present five steps for doctoral students to identify the questions that are worthy of investigation and thence to develop a research plan and proposal. Our method involves five steps, namely,

Step 1: Frame the problem

Step 2: Develop a research plan

Step 3: Verification and validation

Step 4: Proposal template

Step 5: Proposal outline

We illustrate the method using the sustainable design of plug-in-electric vehicle charging stations as an example.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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