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Inventive Engineering

Knowledge and Skills for Creative Engineers, 1st Edition

By Tomasz Arciszewski

CRC Press

418 pages | 94 B/W Illus.

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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

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

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

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC009000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TEC009020
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Civil / General
TEC020000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Manufacturing