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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference


In the engineering discipline, it is of utmost importance to give value to applied learning because as engineers, we are expected to innovate, and innovations happen when theoretical ideas are implemented successfully. Design thinking is one such approach that can enhance the value of theoretical concepts and motivate the students to visualize their ideas in more meaningful ways. The five stages of design thinking include: (i) Empathize, (ii) Define, (iii) Ideate, (iv) Prototype, and (v) Test. The traditional engineering curriculum focuses on the last four stages and thus leads to a skewed perspective among students with regards to problem definition, formulation, and solution. In this proposed curricular modification, we have developed computational modules as part of the Process Optimization and Experimental Methods in Chemical Engineering courses offered to seniors in the chemical engineering department as electives, which encompass all five stages of design thinking.


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