Design Engineering as an Interdisciplinary Graduate Course
W. I. Jose, Ph.D.

This paper presents the circumstances behind the proposal to institute a design engineering option in the graduate program at the University of the Philippines at Diliman (UPD). Originally, the UPD Department of Chemical Engineering proposed a chemical engineering design option in its graduate program. However, the implementation of the proposal did not push through. A similar proposal several years later suffered the same fate. The reason for the failure of implementation was not clear. The problem was resolved through the use of “probing paradigms”, developed by this author. The technique enlightened us in identifying the necessary information and components of the option. One was the apparent influence of the undergraduate design course that serves as a capstone course. A paradigm shift was necessary. The interdisciplinary nature of the option became a major consideration. Design engineering subjects are necessary in all fields of engineering. Thus, the subjects are suitable to all engineering disciplines. The design courses would give the necessary background to graduate students whose research requires some aspects in design. The core subjects are: Principles of Design Engineering, Innovation and Creativity in Design, and Design for Environment and Sustainability. Specialized courses from each discipline are to be offered.

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