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University-industry cooperation and student driven projects: a model for educating design engineers
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
2010 (English)In: When Design Education and Design Research Meet: proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Norwegian University ofScience and Technology (NTNU) Trondheim, Norway, 2nd-3rd September 2010 / [ed] Casper Boks; William Ion; Chris McMahon; Brian Parkinson, Glasgow: Design Research Society, 2010, 414-419 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Cooperating with industry to create "real life" projects for students is a 30 year old tradition at the Department of Human Work Sciences at Luleå University of Technology (LTU). This paper describes the approach to university-industry projects at LTU, illustrates benefits and problems in the interaction between students, industry and the university. The students´ practice their abilities in product design and project management. This is also a confirmation of the demand for their education in the industry. By being able to practice their future profession strengthens the student's confidence and gives them a feeling of being competent. During the project the students are given good opportunities to start building their professional network. The projects also act as key features in their CVs and portfolios. These projects serve as a display window for the MSc program Industrial Design Engineering at the Department of Human Work Sciences when recruiting new students as well as for marketing the design engineers to the industry. When employed in the industry, design engineers from LTU often hold key positions where they are excellent contacts for establishing new collaboration. Often these former students contact the university with proposals for cooperation. During the years, many student projects have developed into collaborative research projects. In this way we have created a self generating mechanism where new collaboration is created with former students who themselves have worked in these kinds of projects during their own education. A win-win-win situation is created where university, industry and students all benefit from this.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Glasgow: Design Research Society, 2010. 414-419 p.
DS / Design Society, 62
Research subject
Industrial Design
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-40437Local ID: f94f8060-c629-11df-a707-000ea68e967bISBN: 978-1-904670-19-3 (print)OAI: diva2:1013959
International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education : 02/09/2010 - 03/10/2010
Godkänd; 2010; 20100922 (ahak)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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