|SUBJECT:||M.S. Thesis Presentation|
|TIME:||Thursday, June 4, 2015, 11:00 a.m.|
|PLACE:||MRDC Building, 4211|
|TITLE:||Evaluating Bio-Inspired Design Methods|
|COMMITTEE:||Roger Jiao, Co-Chair (ME)
Cassandra Telenko, Co-Chair (ME)
Julie Linsey (ME)
Bio-Inspired Design is becoming an increasingly popular approach that uses nature as a source of inspiration in order to develop innovative designs. This thesis first presents a study that was performed in an engineering elective course and aims to explore the effectiveness of five different existing methods for Bio-Inspired Design: Directed, Case Study, AskNature.org, BioTRIZ, and Bio-keyword search. These methods were evaluated based on the quality and quantity of the ideas that students generated, the students’ change in self-efficacy, and their feedback. The metric results demonstrated that each method produces numerous effective and creative solutions, with high quality and large quantity of ideas. Additionally, the course positively affected the students’ design confidence, outcome expectancy and anxiety, while also preserving students’ high motivation towards engineering design. As such, these results serve to identify potential areas for improvement for the methods and the course.