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Extending Design Heuristics From Mechanical Engineering to a Biomedical Projects Course

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Jin Woo Lee, Anastasia K. Ostrowski, Shanna R. Daly, Aileen Y. Huang-Saad, Colleen M. Seifert

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Paper No. DETC2017-67795, pp. V003T04A007; 7 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 19th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 14th International Conference on Design Education; 10th Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, August 6–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5815-8
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Research in design has led to emergence of instructional tools to support students in generating multiple candidate concepts. Design Heuristics was developed through empirical studies of professional engineers and award-winning products, and have been shown to support student engineers in generating creative and diverse concepts. We hypothesized that they could be beneficial to student designers in biomedical engineering. In this qualitative classroom study, we examined how graduate students in a biomedical engineering design course applied Design Heuristics to generate individual concepts for their design projects. Our analysis showed that students were able to apply Design Heuristics in their biomedical engineering projects, and that the heuristics supported idea generation in a variety of biomedical engineering design contexts.

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