Use of Design Thinking Tools to Promote Innovations in Engineering Students

  • Darshan Mehta
  • Keyur Prajapati Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, SSASIT, Surat, Gujarat, India
Keywords: Creativity, Design thinking, Innovation, Prototype, Tools, Visualization


Design thinkers are on a great demand to industry and even in the field of research and development. Research has demonstrated that during conceptual design, designers continuously search for potential design results, comprising of issues, alternative solutions, and assessment criteria, in various outline spaces. Design thinking is characterized as a systematic and imaginative process that involves with a person in opportunities to experiment, create and prototype models, gather criticism, and restructure. Few characteristics cannot be taught in the class with the only help of literature. A few attributes (e.g., visualization, creativity) that a good design thinker should possess have been identified on field and similar observations are made. It is a key procedure that supports iterative philosophy for students as they have to apply in their core discipline branch to gain specific knowledge to solving real engineering problems. The essential elements of the design thinking process are the identification of problem, establishment of objectives and its criteria, synthesis, analysis, construction, testing and its assessment. This paper investigates how far there is a requirement for a design thinking process and suggests an alternative conceptualization that is both appropriate with design thinking principles and viable for design thinking informative. Further it is necessary to include a different types of realistic constraints, such as economic factors, safety, consistency, aesthetics, ethics and social impact. The objective is to distinguish the features and attributes of design thinking and discuss its importance in promoting students problem thinking abilities in the 21st century. We here will focus on the concept of design engineering and how can we produce sound engineers that have a realistic goal of creating a product that would be helpful for solving the core problem such that further upgradation is not needed. In this paper, we will consider the Case Study of “Sustainable Development of Surat City” using Design Engineering Methodology and will explain how to give a best development on accordance to the performance cost and various other considerations unlike traditional method where development was kept in the center, here as a design engineers we have defined problems related to the user domain primarily.


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