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Create! Ideation & Innovation

Engineering Education Course (ENGE 2094 Special Study)

In this specially-designed, accelerated course, students will explore the nexus of the arts, engineering, science, business, and design. The course consists of activities and discussions that will help guide students in the process of creative inquiry, design, customer discovery, and collaboration to build an understanding of the ties between multiple disciplines. Student collaborations combined with faculty, visiting artists, and visiting business professionals will help students explore their own interests as they use ideation and critique strategies to design products and services to meet current and future market needs.

Students will collaboratively address a design challenge and ideate possible solutions using a variety of methods, including applying problem framing strategies; customer discovery and design thinking; and iterative critiques using methods drawn from industrial design, engineering, and the arts. They will communicate deliverables in multiple formats and for different audiences. They will identify and address impacts of designed services and products through global perspectives, such as patterns of inclusion and exclusion and effects on localized ecosystems.

This course is designed so that students will be able to:

  • identify connections and opportunities between multiple disciplines
  • collaborate in multiple formats and contexts
  • use questioning strategies for ideation and design
  • approach problem solving through problem setting and problem framing
  • communicate with a range of stakeholders

This course will be supplemented by weekly seminars on entrepreneurship delivered by faculty in the Pamplin College of Business, as well as a comprehensive 3-day Startup Weekend delivered by the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs, designed to lead students through the process of identifying and validating a new venture concept, with day one focusing on forming teams, day two focusing on building solutions, and day three focusing on presenting companies. In addition, there will be many other co-curricular components that are designed to enhance the course and overall curricular component by providing a wide range of experiential learning opportunities for students (e.g., co-curricular activities, events, meetings, site visits, etc.).