CEEA2010: Inaugural Conference of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (June 2010, Kingston Ontario)

Theme: Exploring the future of engineering education.
First Deadline: 300 word abstracts due 15 March 2010.
Website: http://www.ceea2010.ca/.

The Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA) is a new organization whose mission is to “enhance the competence and relevance of graduates from Canadian Engineering schools through continuous improvement in engineering education and design education.”    This first annual CEEA conference will integrate and grow on the previous efforts of the Canadian Design Engineering Network (CDEN) and the Canadian Congress on Engineering Education (C2E2).    We strongly encourage the broad community of engineering educators to join us – from Faculties of Engineering and Applied Science, Arts & Science, Education, Libraries, Teaching and Learning Centres, and Industry.  Relevant student papers are also welcomed.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts of approximately 300 words on a broad range of topics relevant to the theme – “Exploring the Future of Engineering Education”.  Topics may include:

Curriculum Creation or Enhancement

Design for Innovation

Innovative Teaching Methods

Information Research and Management

Professional Development for Instructors

Accreditation / Outcomes Assessment

Engineering and Society

Engineering Education Research

Capstone and Multidisciplinary Design

Academic/Industry Partnerships

Service Learning

Professional Skills Development

K-12 Outreach

Integrating Design in the Curriculum

Bringing Research to the Classroom

Lifelong Learning

Design and Innovation Methodology

Engineering and the Environment

Upon peer review and acceptance of their abstract, authors may choose to submit a full conference paper (6 pages) or a 1 page condensed paper.  Condensed papers will be published in the proceedings as conference presentations.


About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

One Response to CEEA2010: Inaugural Conference of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (June 2010, Kingston Ontario)

  1. W. Ernst Eder says:

    Requirements to Properties – Iterative Problem Solving

    W. Ernst Eder

    Following papers by this author in recent CDEN conferences, the concept of a complete theory-based [1,2,3] classification is presented for the properties of existing transformation processes TrfP, and of their existing driving technical systems TS. Requirements for future TrfP and TS must include requirements set by the designing and manufacturing organization(s), the first three life-cycle phases in the theory-based model. An engineering design process intends to translate these requirements in several stages to the desired properties of TrfP and TS, using conscious or sub-conscious procedures for creative and routine steps.

    For novel systems, this translation progresses via models of structures of TrfP, technologies, TS-internal and cross-boundary functions, organs and constructional parts. For redesign, mainly the more concrete structures are useful. Superimposed on this progress is a frequent cycle of problem-solving, including search for alternative solution proposals. More recent insights [4] have demonstrated that the requirements can be iteratively translated into properties. The difference between achieved (anticipated) properties and the relevant requirements dictated the necessary iteration behaviour, and drive the progress of establishing the final proposed solution.

    Such a formalized experience of staged and iterative designing is a good methodical basis for novices, and for design applications in which the process must substantially depart from routine procedures. Some case studies are referenced to demonstrate the application of this systematic and methodical approach.

    [1] Hubka, V. and Eder, W.E. (1988) Theory of Technical Systems (New York: Springer-Verlag
    [2] Hubka, V. and Eder, W.E. (1996) Design Science: Introduction to the Needs, Scope and Organization of Engineering Design Knowledge, London: Springer-Verlag http://deseng.ryerson.ca/DesignScience/
    [3] Eder, W.E. and Hosnedl, S. (2008) Design Engineering: A Manual for Enhanced Creativity, Boca Raton: CRC-Press
    [4] Eder, W.E. and Hosnedl, S. (2010) Introduction to Design Engineering: Systematic Creativity and Management, Leiden, NL: CRC-Press/Balkema (in press)

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