Mudd Design Workshop VIII: Design education: innovation and entrepreneurship (May 2011, California)

Location: Harvey Mudd College
Dates: 26–28 May 2011
Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2011

The Vision To bring together 50–75 engineering designers, educators, and researchers to articulate how innovation and entrepreneurship affect design education and how, in turn, design education can be more innovative and entrepreneurial.

The Mission To articulate educational, institutional and cultural issues in innovation and entrepreneurship in design that engineering design educators should address, including:

  • designing and implementing innovative curricula
  • innovative cornerstone design projects
  • innovative capstone design projects
  • ethical and cultural dimensions of innovation
  • multi-disciplinary innovative design
  • perceptions of innovation in art and music
  • creating an innovative design workforce
  • failure and disaster stimulating innovation
  • entrepreneurial capstone design projects

The experience Each session will start with brief talks by panelists, to be followed by open discussion. A wrap-up session will collect the most important outputs for improving engineering design education for dissemination to the community. Participants will receive a preliminary proceedings CD containing near-final manuscripts of presented papers. Those drafts will subsequently be refined and reviewed for publication in a Special Issue of the International Journal of Engineering Education to comprise the archival proceedings of MDW VIII.

Keynote speaker To be announced (Invited).

Banquet speaker Thomas L. Magnanti, MIT and President, SUTD.

Potential fellowships We anticipate that funding may be available to support participants from under-represented groups and institutions.

  • Calendar Submit two-page abstracts by 31 January 2011
  • Notify authors of acceptance by 28 February 2011
  • Submit final MDW papers by 15 April 2011

Abstracts should be submitted electronically as  PDFs as follows:

Organizing Committee A. M. Agogino, University of California, Berkeley; A. Altman, University of Dayton; C. J. Atman,University of Washington; J. E. Colgate, Northwestern University; C. L. Dym (Chair), Harvey Mudd College; D. D. Frey,Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Singapore University of Design and Technology; P. Gregson, Dalhousie University; A. Ibrahim, Yorkville University and International Journal of Engineering Education;  C. L. Magee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Singapore University of Design and Technology; G. B. Olson, Northwestern University; J. W. Prados, University of Tennessee–Knoxville; S. D. Sheppard, Stanford University; J. P. Terpenny, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and National Science Foundation; and J. W. Wesner, Carnegie Mellon University.


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

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