Emerging technology design; A new master course aimed at bringing emerging technologies its break through applications


Eger, A.O. and Boer, A. de (2005) Emerging technology design; A new master course aimed at bringing emerging technologies its break through applications. In: Paul Rodgers & Libby Brodhurst & Duncan Hepburn (Eds.), Crossing Design Boundaries: Proceedings of the 3rd Engineering & Product Design Education International Conference, 15-16 September 2005, Edinburg. Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 121-126. ISBN 9780415391184

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Abstract:In 2001 the University of Twente started a course on Industrial Design Engineering. In 2004 the first group of students obtained their bachelor degree and started with one of the two then available subsequent master courses:
• Design & Styling
• Management of Product Development
This paper describes the insights that have been employed in developing the curriculum of a third course that will start in 2005, and that is called 'Emerging Technology Design'. Many new products are the result of what is often called 'technology push', the result of new techniques, new materials or new methods. Within the University of Twente a lot of research, both fundamental and applied, is carried out. Too often it happens that the results of this research remain in a theoretical phase and don't find their way to the industry because they lack a "break through application". The master course Emerging Technology Design teaches students of Industrial Design Engineering to introduce in the market of consumer products a new technology that was developed in one of the faculties of the University of Twente in a two years course. In the first year they study – next to a program of industrial design subjects – methods of innovation research and market research, and the new technology they have chosen. In the second year, after they have succeeded in tracing a possible break through, they finish the course with the design and engineering of a new product. The intention is that they finish the course within a company that is interested in the new product. The paper describes in more detail the curriculum and the education environment.
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