Credits: 3

Semesters Offered

Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022

Learning Objectives

In this course the student will develop and/or refine the following areas of knowledge:

  • Understand the engineering accomplishments of the 20th century and examine the engineering opportunities and challenges of the 21st century
  • Learn the role of an engineer in a publically/privately held organizations and how a technical employee could help accomplish organizational and team goals 
  • Learn how to use tools such as Quality Functional Deployment (QFD), Design of Experiments (DOE), Six Sigma etc. to develop high quality products; learn how quality is measured in manufacturing and in service
  • As a technical employee, learn how to make robust decisions by trading off technical and non-technical requirements against various alternatives;  use cases on decision analysis in product development, in selecting suppliers, and in value based decisions
  • Introduce Life Cycle Costing (LCC) to quantify the cost associated with various engineering and manufacturing activities; Business Case Analysis (BCA) to develop a project proposal
  • Innovation plays an important role in American businesses.  Learn the art of innovation by developing hands-on skill on Innovative techniques such as Lead User Research and TRIZ.


Topics Covered

Quality Framework

  • Quailty from organization and team perspective
  • Quality in design and development
  • Quality in manufacturing
  • Quality in service

Decision and Risk Framework

  • Decision in selecting the best design for a product
  • Decision in selecting a supplier
  • Value based decision
  • Risk management

Innovation Framework

  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Processese of innovation


Learning Outcomes

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Additional Course Information


None required. Handouts will be on the Web or distributed in class

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • Two 75 min lecture sessions per week
Last Updated By 
Dr. Senthil Arul, September 2017