Human Centered Engineering Design

Human Centered Engineering Design (HCED) is concerned with the interactive, iterative, and creative problem solving and/or product and system development by building empathy with the customer to better understand their needs.   The human centered design approach is widely being adopted by different industries, including automotive, aerospace, healthcare, information technology, software, consumer electronics, e-commerce, and digital marketing. These industries are actively looking for design professionals with the technical background who can research, identify, translate and document user needs; generate creative product/process design ideas that address user requirements; and implement and evaluate the usability of products or services in a scientific way. Human Centered Engineering Design is an interdisciplinary and inclusive field of study that bridges engineering design, art design, social sciences and business principles. 

Undergraduate Degree Program

The Bachelor of Science Engineering in Human Centered Engineering Design requires a total of 128 credit hours and provides first, a strong basis in the foundations of engineering: natural and physical sciences, mathematics, the behavioral sciences and the basic engineering sciences which begin the emphasis on creative problem solving. Then, the program develops strong foundation on which human centered design engineering work is founded. This includes studies in design process and creative problem solving, design communication, art design, qualitative and quantitative research methods in need finding, usability engineering, human factors engineering, and prototyping. Innovative problem solving, product/process design and prototyping skills are progressively developed and applied through a 4-year (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior year) individual and team based immersive design project experiences. The program creates an environment that inspires brainstorming for innovative and aesthetic solutions while emphasizing the theoretical, technological and design knowledge.

Educational Objectives of the BSE (Human Centered Engineering Design) Program

Consistent with providing a strong academic foundation in the field of Human Centered Engineering Design, the program educational objectives for our graduates are:

  • To remain gainfully employed in Human Centered Engineering Design related fields,
  • To continue to develop professionally, and
  • To serve in leadership roles.

Student Outcomes

To achieve the educational objectives, the graduates of the program will have:

1.  an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2.  an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3.  an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4.  an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5.  an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6.  an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7.  an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Major Requirements

Basic Preparation Requirements
COMP 105Writing & Rhetoric I3
COMP 106Writing & Rhetoric II3
or COMP 270 Tech Writing for Engineers
ANTH 101Introduction to Anthropology3
MATH 115Calculus I4
MATH 116Calculus II4
MATH 228Diff Eqns with Linear Algebra4
IMSE 317Eng Probability and Statistics3
CHEM 134General Chemistry IA4
or CHEM 144 Gen Chemistry IB
BIOL 103Anatomy and Physiology I4
PHYS 150General Physics I4
PHYS 151General Physics II4
ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering and Engineering Design 3
ECE 210Circuits4
ENGR 250Principles of Eng Materials3
ME 260Design Stress Analyses4
or ME 265 Applied Mechanics
Engineering Design Core
HCED 220Engineering Design Communication2
ENGR 360Design Thinking : Process, Method & Practice4
HCED 370Needfinding and Research Methods in Design3
HCED 380Product Prototyping: Tools and Methods4
IMSE 382Manufacturing Processes4
IMSE 421Eng Economy and Dec Anlys3
IMSE 4425Human Factors and Ergonomics4
HCED 450Product Realization: Design and Making4
HCED 4951Capstone Project in HCED: Needfinding and Conceptualization2
HCED 4952Capstone Project in HCED: Design and Implementation2
ART 210Beginning Digital Design3
ART 410Advanced Digital Design3
Select 1 course from the following:
ARTH 101Understand Art-Ancient to 14003
ARTH 102Understanding Art 1400 to Now3
ARTH 103Arts of Asia3
ARTH 106Architecture & Society in Western Civilization3
ARTH 221Ancient Monuments then and Now3
ARTH 241Encountering the Renaissance3
ARTH 261Art and Film3
ARTH 305The Arts & Culture of Detroit3
ARTH 312Art of Japan3
ARTH 313Chinese Painting3
ARTH 315Early Chinese Art and Culture3
ARTH 327Gods, Myth and Worship3
ARTH 333Late Medieval Art and Architecture3
ARTH 334The 14th Century3
ARTH 335Women in Medieval Art3
ARTH 343Renaissance & Reformation Art3
ARTH 352Baroque Art and Architecture3
ARTH 362Impressionism and Post-Impressionism3
ARTH 363Arts of the Twentieth Century3
ARTH 367Contemporary Art3
ARTH 368Global History of Photography3
Select 2 courses from the following:
MKT 352Mktg Principles and Policies3
MKT 382Understanding Customers3
OB 354Behavior in Organizations3
ENT 400Entrepreneurial Thinking&Behav3
BA 320Project Management and Leadership Skills 3

HCED students must choose a concentration in Mechanical Engineering Design, Electrical Engineering Design, Software Engineering and HCI Design, Systems Engineering Design or Individualized Design. Concentration requirements are listed below.
 

Mechanical Engineering Design Concentration - 21 credits

Required
ENGR 216Computer Meth for Engineers2
Select 4 courses from the following
ENGR 350Nanoscience and Nanotechnology4
ME 345Engineering Dynamics4
ME 3601Design and Analysis of Machine Elements4
ME 4191Structural Mech & Design4
ME 460Design for Manufacturing3
ME 4981Automotive Engineering4
General Electives: 3-4 credits
Recommended elective list: COMM 300 Communication Research Methods, COMM 340 Professional Communication, ESCI 275 Introduction to Environmental Sustainability, ENST 340 Remote Sensing, ESCI 490B Sustainable Cities, ANTH 460 Economic Anthropology, ENGR 399 Experiential Honors Prof. Prac, ENGR 492 Exper Honors Directed Research, ENGR 493 Exper Hnrs Dir Dsgn.

Electrical Engineering Design Concentration - 21 credits

Required
ECE 270Computer Methods in ECE I4
Select 4 courses from the following
ECE 273Digital Systems4
ECE 311Electronic Circuits I4
ECE 3171Analog & Discrete Sig & Sys4
ECE 329Intro to Computer Music4
ECE 3731Microproc and Embedded Sys4
ECE 413Intro to VLSI Design3
ECE 414Electronic Systems Design4
ECE 450Analog and Digital Comm Sys4
ECE 460Automatic Control Systems4
ECE 471Comp Networks/Data Comm4
ECE 473Embedded System Design4
ECE 4951Sys Desgn and Microcontrollers3
General Electives: 1-3 credits
Recommended elective list: COMM 300 Communication Research Methods, COMM 340 Professional Communication, ESCI 275 Introduction to Environmental Sustainability, ENST 340 Remote Sensing, ESCI 490B Sustainable Cities, ANTH 460 Economic Anthropology, ENGR 399 Experiential Honors Prof. Prac, ENGR 492 Exper Honors Directed Research, ENGR 493 Exper Hnrs Dir Dsgn.

Software Engineering and HCI Design Concentration - 21 credits

Required
CIS 150Computer Science I4
or CIS 1501 CS I for Data Scientists
or ECE 270 Computer Methods in ECE I
CIS 200Computer Science II4
or CIS 2001 CS II for Data Scientists
CIS 350Data Struc and Algorithm Anlys4
or CIS 3501 Data Struc & Alg Anlys for SE
Select once class from the following
CIS 375Software Engineering I4
CIS 285Software Engineering Tools3
CIS 411Natural Language Processing3
CIS 435Web Technology3
CIS 436Mobile App Des & Impl3
CIS 479Intro to Artificial Intel3
General Electives: 5-6 credits
Recommended elective list: COMM 300 Communication Research Methods, COMM 340 Professional Communication, ESCI 275 Introduction to Environmental Sustainability, ENST 340 Remote Sensing, ESCI 490B Sustainable Cities, ANTH 460 Economic Anthropology, ENGR 399 Experiential Honors Prof. Prac, ENGR 492 Exper Honors Directed Research, ENGR 493 Exper Hnrs Dir Dsgn.

Systems Engineering Design Concentration - 21 credits

Select one course from the Following
IMSE 255Computer Programming for Eng3
CIS 150Computer Science I4
CIS 1501CS I for Data Scientists4
ECE 270Computer Methods in ECE I4
Select 4 courses from the following:
IMSE 3005Intro to Operations Research4
IMSE 440Applied stat models in engin3
IMSE 4585Simulation in Systems Design4
IMSE 477Human Computer Interaction for UI & UX Design 3
IMSE 4795Prod, Inven Control & Lean Mfg4
IMSE 4835Comp.-Aided Prcs Desgn & Mfg4
BA 320Proj Mgmt & Leadership Skills3
General Electives: 1-5 Credit hours
Recommended elective list: COMM 300 Communication Research Methods, COMM 340 Professional Communication, ESCI 275 Introduction to Environmental Sustainability, ENST 340 Remote Sensing, ESCI 490B Sustainable Cities, ANTH 460 Economic Anthropology, ENGR 399 Experiential Honors Prof. Prac, ENGR 492 Exper Honors Directed Research, ENGR 493 Exper Hnrs Dir Dsgn

Individualized Concentration - 21 credits

Choose one of the following:
CIS 150Computer Science I4
ECE 270Computer Methods in ECE I4
ENGR 216Computer Meth for Engineers2
IMSE 255Computer Programming for Eng3
Choose 3 courses in CIS,ECE, IMSE, or ME from the other concentrations (9-12 credits):
Recommended/General Electives: 5-10 credits
Recommended elective list: COMM 300, COMM 340, ESCI 275, ENST 340, ESCI 490B, ANTH 460, ENGR 399, ENGR 492, ENGR 493

Learning Goals

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

HCED 220     Engineering Design Communication     2 Credit Hours

This course examines the fundamentals of researching, writing, and presenting technical information for diverse audiences and purposes. Students learn to plan, analyze and prepare for different types of communications; differentiate between audience types and their needs for information; conduct research, understand authority of sources, and provide citations; develop effective listening techniques in business and technical situations. Techniques for writing communication documents, developing and delivering effective presentations and design portfolio, along with the media and technologies commonly used for design communication is also covered in this class. (F).

Prerequisite(s): COMP 105

HCED 370     Needfinding and Research Methods in Design     3 Credit Hours

This course surveys qualitative and quantitative need finding and research methods in human-centered engineering design including usability engineering. Different data collection and measurement techniques are covered for different types of data, including subjective, behavioral, and physiological data. Human subject involved experiment design is also covered in this course. Students learn to formulate research questions and hypotheses, design and conduct a design related research study, and present research results through various case studies. (W).

Prerequisite(s): ENGR 360

HCED 380     Product Prototyping: Tools and Methods     4 Credit Hours

This course introduces the techniques and toolset necessary for developing low and medium fidelity prototypes to support the human-centered engineering design process. This includes CAD modeling, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, inventive problem solving techniques, sketching, storyboards, role-playing, visualization, virtual reality, and interaction prototyping techniques. Prototype testing techniques and tools are also covered in this course. Students work on individual and semester-long team based design projects in the Design Studio Lab by developing various product prototypes that fulfill customer needs using knowledge, methodology and skills obtained in the class. (W).

Prerequisite(s): ENGR 360 and HCED 370

HCED 450     Product Realization: Design and Making     4 Credit Hours

Students will build on the foundation created in HCED 380 and will work on a single semester long project that executes the entire design process from conceptualization through presentation of a customer ready prototype, and creation of a project based portfolio. Different high fidelity engineering design and prototyping tools and techniques will also be covered in this class, including CAD/CAE, microcontrollers, process simulation, software platforms, risk analysis methods, virtual reality, data visualization, and 3D printing. (W).

Prerequisite(s): IMSE 4425 and HCED 380 and ENGR 250 and (ME 260 or ME 265) and ECE 210 and (CIS 150 or CIS 1501 or ECE 270 or IMSE 255 or ENGR 216)

HCED 4951     Capstone Project in HCED: Needfinding and Conceptualization     2 Credit Hours

Summary project using knowledge, methodology, and skills obtained in Human Centered Engineering Design major. Students implement an original design concept and present it to a professional jury. (F, W).

Prerequisite(s): HCED 450

HCED 4952     Capstone Project in HCED: Design and Implementation     2 Credit Hours

This course is a continuation of HCED 4951. Students will complete the development process to conceive a functional product. Students present their final design to a professional jury. (F, W).

Prerequisite(s): HCED 4951