Dr. Scott Ferguson
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
MAE 526 Fundamentals of Product Design
3 Credit Hours
Many tend to think of product design as more of an art than a science. However, the growing body of research in the engineering design community teaches us ways to navigate the design of consumer products using interdisciplinary design tools and rational decision making. This course introduces students to scientific design techniques that are more effective than “ad hoc” tactics. By exploring how engineering principles integrate with “real world” design challenges, students will learn to solve product design problems that encompass heterogeneous markets, multiple disciplines, and large-scale complex systems.