1st Edition

Inventive Engineering
Knowledge and Skills for Creative Engineers





ISBN 9781498711241
Published March 3, 2016 by CRC Press
418 Pages 94 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Inventive Engineering is an emerging engineering science focused on the conceptual designing processes whereby creative, or inventive, designs are developed. Its core concepts are too often unknown and even surprising, but they are also feasible and can be learned, leading to potentially patentable designs. Inventive engineers have a tremendous competitive advantage over other engineers, because they have gone beyond practical and analytical intelligence and have learned how to be creative.

Inventive Engineering: Knowledge and Skills for Creative Engineers has its roots in engineering, psychology, history, systems engineering, political science, and computer science. It presents a body of knowledge integrated from these fields. It provides:

  • Background knowledge, which will motivate and prepare readers for learning inventive engineering
  • A general outline of Inventive Engineering, with an understanding of the conceptual designing process and its various stages
  • Guidance on several inventive designing methods set in their cultural context to encourage students to develop practical skills for their use

Table of Contents

Why Learn Inventive Engineering: Ten Reasons
Ten Reasons Why You Should Become an Inventive Engineer
Summing Up

Lessons from the Past
Why Learn from the Renaissance?
Renaissance Emergence
Renaissance Man
Da Vinci’s Seven Principles
The Medici Effect

Lessons from Modern Science
Political Science
Psychology

Basic Concepts
Introduction
System
Data, Information, and Knowledge
Transdisciplinarity
Emergent Behavior
Knowledge Convergence
Synthesis
Synesthesia
Attributes: Design Descriptors
Design Representation Space
Design Requirements and Constraints
Engineering Design
Problem, Designing Problem, Wicked Problem

Science of Inventive Engineering
Introduction
Engineering Designing: Five Definitions
Problem Identification
Problem Formulation
Design Concept Evaluation
Design Concept Selection

Morphological Analysis
Creator
History
Assumptions
Procedure
Example
Potential Applications
Black and White

Brainstorming
Creator
History
Assumptions
Procedure
Tool Box
Seven Simple Activities
Seven Heuristics
Session Organization
Example
Black and White

Synectics
Creator
History
Assumptions
Psychological States
Key Activities
Psychological Mechanisms
Procedure

Session Organization
Example
Black and White

TRIZ
Creator
History
Knowledge: The Key to Understanding TRIZ
Basic Concepts
Assumptions
Procedure and Example
Patterns of Evolution
Black and White

Bioinspiration
Why Learn Bioinspiration?
What Is Bioinspiration?
What Is the History of Bioinspiration?
Visual Inspiration
Conceptual Inspiration
Computational Inspiration
References

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Author(s)

Biography

Tomasz Arciszewski is a professor emeritus at George Mason University. He is a global scholar with experience that spans five continents and 24 countries. His life mission is to inspire and educate engineers in becoming more creative, thus enabling them to serve humanity in an expanded capacity, not only as analysts but also as inventors. Dr. Arciszewski has published more than 175 research and technical articles, including 57 journal papers and 29 book chapters, and coauthored or authored books. He earned his degrees from the Warsaw University of Technology. Before joining George Mason University in 1993, he was a member of the faculty at Wayne State University for 10 years.

Reviews

"The approaches, even though wide ranging and disparate, come together like tools in a toolbox to make the book a unified work with one message."

Civil Engineering magazine

"This extremely well written book encourages engineering students to undergo a paradigm shift-away from simply specializing in analytical problem solving to leveraging a balanced body of knowledge rooted in various domains in order as an inventive engineer to contribute to society in long lasting meaningful ways."
—Cornelia Huellstrunk, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA

"Professor Tomasz Arciszewski has been actively defining and quantifying skills and qualifications that will enable engineers to be successful in the 21st century. His latest book brings together thoughts and experiences of a very successful teacher, researcher and creative thinker. The book is rooted in innovative engineering and science, and teaches related aspects of systems engineering, cognitive psychology, political science and history."
—Fawwaz Habbal, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

"If you can imagine it, you can invent it. Arciszewski tells you how."
—J.P. Mohsen, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA