Mudd Design Workshop IX: Design Thinking in Design Education (May 2015, Claremont California USA)

Dates: 28-30 MAY 2015
Location: Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California, USA
Contact: and
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 January 2015

THE VISION To bring together 50-75 engineers, designers, and educators to explore the role of design thinking in the design education process and how design thinking education may be better addressed through different pedagogies.

THE MISSION To articulate and address educational, institutional, and cultural issues in design thinking in design education that design educators should address, including

❍ Defining design thinking
❍ Design thinking as learning
❍ Origins and evolution of design thinking
❍ Design thinking in non-design courses
❍ Evaluating design thinking
❍ Student and end-user/customer interaction
❍ Engaging other disciplines in design thinking
❍ Design thinking throughout the curriculum
❍ Innovative cornerstone and capstone course projects emphasizing design thinking
❍ Overcoming cultural or institutional barriers to design thinking education
❍ Design thinking in resource constrained environments

THE EXPERIENCE Each session will be initiated by brief position papers from panelists, which will 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 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 IX.

Two-page abstracts to be submitted by 31 January 2015
Authors notified of acceptance by 28 February 2015
Final papers to be submitted by 15 April 2015

ABSTRACTS should be submitted electronically to: and to:

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE A. M. Agogino, University of California, Berkeley; A. Altman, University of Dayton; C. J. Atman, University of Washington; A. Ibrahim, Yorkville University; G. G. Krauss (committee chair), Harvey Mudd College; C. L. Magee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; L. Orwin, Harvey Mudd College; P. Y. Papalambros, University of Michigan; Sheri D. Sheppard, Stanford University; K. Sienko, University of Michigan; J. P. Terpenny, Iowa State University; J. Townsend, Olin College of Engineering; and M. C. Yang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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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