Testing in Engineering Design: What are We Teaching

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Apurva Rajesh Patel (1), Alexander Murphy (1), Joshua D. Summers (1), Khadija Tahera (2)
Series: DESIGN
Institution: 1: The University of Texas at Dallas, United States of America; 2: The Open University, United Kingdom
Section: Design Education
Page(s): 2363-2372
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2022.239
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


Although testing is critical in industries, the general approaches of testing in engineering design are under-represented in academia. This research investigates the current state of testing based on design textbooks. The findings suggest there is no clear definition of testing. Testing appears in different design stages with adjacent concepts such as prototyping, experimentation, verification, and validation. The processes of testing and its role within engineering design are ambiguous. Recommendations to design educators are provided, and the limitations of the study are discussed.

Keywords: design education, engineering design, product development

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