Exploiting the Structure of Engineering Knowledge for Engineering Design

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 2:00pm
3110 Etcheverry Hall
Andy Dong, Ph.D.


Engineering and Information Technologies

University of Sydney


Knowledge is ubiquitous in the design of mechanical products and systems, from geometric models to systems of equations describing behavior. Yet, what about the structure of that knowledge? Some of the most pivotal scientific discoveries have been about structural forms. Until the double helix structure was discovered, we really didn't know how DNA carried biological information. With the discovery of the periodic table of the elements, we could predict the structure of elements that had not yet been found. In this talk, I explore how engineers can exploit the structure of engineering knowledge for the purpose of engineering design. I will talk about my research into the productivity of collaborative design teams, design decomposition, technology forecasting, and the robustness of complex engineered systems.



Professor Andy Dong is the Chair of the MBA in Design Strategy program at the California College of the Arts and a Professor of Engineering Innovation at the University of Sydney, Australia. His research addresses the characteristics and attributes of design knowledge and the causal importance of the structures and processes of design knowledge production to design-led innovation. He was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in 2010. He is an Associate Editor for the journal Design Studies and the International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation. He received his BS, MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.


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