Innovation and failure in mechatronics design education

Edward Simpson, David Bradley, Peter Hehenberger

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    Innovative engineering design always has associated with it the risk of failure, and it is the role of the design engineer to mitigate the possibilities of failure in the final system. Education should however provide a safe space for students to both innovate and to learn about and from failures. However, pressures on course designers and students can result in their adopting a conservative, and risk averse, approach to problem solving. The paper therefore considers the nature of both innovation and failure, and looks at how these might be effectively combined within mechatronics design education.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReinventing mechatronics
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of Mechatronics 2018
    EditorsXiu-Tian Yan, David Bradley, Philip Moore
    Place of PublicationGlasgow
    PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde Publishing
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9781909522374
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2018
    EventMechatronics 2018 - Reinventing Mechatronics: 16th Mechatronics Forum International Conference - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Duration: 19 Sep 201821 Sep 2018
    Conference number: 16


    ConferenceMechatronics 2018 - Reinventing Mechatronics
    Abbreviated titleMechatronics 2018
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Internet address


    • Engineering design
    • Innovation
    • Failure
    • Education
    • Curriculum design


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