A dose of Design thinking for Freshmen, February 6th

A dose of Design thinking for Freshmen, February 6th

EE15N “The Art and Science of Engineering Design” is a freshmen seminar class led by Professors My T. Le and Andrea Goldsmith from the Electrical Engineering department.  Students in the class learn the design process from an engineering project perspective and work together in teams on a project of their choice.
 
Having taken the class her freshmen year, Shuqiao Song ’11 wanted to engage with the new students by imparting a design thinking tool set & mind set (that is different from yet resonates with the engineering perspective of the seminar).  After all, research* has shown that early exposure to design thinking can improve the efficacy of your team’s project work and increase your overall quality of life. (*And by research, we mean biased qualitative data from our personal experiences :)

After contacting the professors, Shuqiao, Nishant Jacob ’13, Kingston Tam ’13, and Mariel Lanas ’13 led the EE15N freshmen through a design thinking crash course.  After going through a dizzyingly fast cycle of empathy, define, ideate, prototype, and test, the Design Initiative team debriefed with the students about what they learned.  The students really resonated with the idea of human-centeredness and how empathy could be carried through the different stages of the process (such as thinking of prototyping as a way of gaining more empathy with your user).  They also felt that the rules of brainstorm was something useful that they could immediately take back to their teams (see below).
A dose of Design thinking for Freshmen, February 6th
[image credit to d.school]

We certainly hope that they will take what they’ve learned and apply it to their EE15N projects and beyond!  I’m sure we’ll be seeing them around. :)