DescriptionScientists and engineers frequently face small and large design problems in the course of their work in research and industry and must constantly address these challenges creatively. These scientists and engineers benefit from training in “design thinking” as well as exposure to new materials and techniques that will inspire innovation and support the forward movement of their work. The study of “design thinking” skills and exposure to common materials, tools and electronics, presents a creative thinking paradigm which support the translation of ideas to reality in a manner pedagogically appropriate for graduate students outside of the design-centered disciplines. Addressing this educational need using strong pedagogical techniques supplements the theory-based knowledge learned throughout the academic year and provides real-world critical thinking skills which make recent graduates attractive hires.;;The purpose of this course is to expose students materials, tools and electronics for prototyping. This is a beginning course, ideal for those with little or no hands-on experience but who are eager to learn. Participation is required for all 3 half-day sessions.
Dr. Catherine Newman has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and has been working as a product design consultant in Silicon Valley for the past 6 years. Her work has been published in design magazine ReadyMade and has been pictured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Catherine travels teaching a customized version of the Introduction to Physical Problem-Solving at colleges and universities internationally, while maintaining her product design practice. In addition, she is authoring a textbook for Everyday Designers. Catherine Newman . Catherine@CatKayNew.com . Oakland, California 94607 USA.
Tamer Shahin is Prototyping Lead Engineer at KAUST.
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