The global academic community that biannually meets at the Design Society’s International Conference on Engineering Design casts an impressive amount of effort on improving knowledge on design, on developing support methods and tools and, finally, on finding ways to transfer all of this to practice, either via teaching or by direct contact with industry. The keynote panel focused on evaluating the degree with which this effort is having an impact on industry and society, especially concerning the key issue of sustainability.
Dr. Telenko’s comments focused on the metacognitive aspects of design research and design tools. Plug and chug decision-making is not the answer to complex problems. Additionally, impact of our research is not limited to practitioners in industry. Sustainable design research must measure impact upon governmental and non-governmental organizations, the general public through science literacy, and inter-disciplinary collaboration and advancement.
Dr. Telenko also shared data from surveys of the community challenging the ivory tower stereotype: approximately 70% of the community has engineering design experience from working in companies, 60% have consulted for companies, and 39% are named inventors on patents.