Ideation is a crucial skill for all engineers. Engineers generate ideas to solve immediate problems and to support long-term solutions. Ideation is necessary throughout an entire design process but is most prominent in the front-end phases; one must ideate design problems and opportunities, solution alternatives, and pathways to successful implementation.

At C-SED, our work involves investigating success strategies in design ideation, and also includes research on the translation of those strategies to a variety of contexts, including pre-engineering, undergraduate and graduate curricular and co-curricular engineering, and professional practice. This translation often comes in the form of educational tools, programs, and interventions.

Visit our faculty researchers homepages to learn more about our work with concept generation and creativity.