Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Associate Professor Pete Ludovice presents the Practitioners’ Leading Edge Lecture Series, which highlights innovative thinkers in higher education. Held in conjunction with the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), the program focuses on real-life experiences about new ideas that can inspire teachers to experiment with innovations.
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As commodity industries move offshore, the U.S. economy becomes more dependent on its underlying innovation engine. This underscores the importance of improving technical innovation. While engineers are effective at organizing the design variable conflicts that require creative designs, they are not very effective at the creative thinking required to discover these novel designs. Humorous improvisation has been used effectively to produce the divergent thinking effective in creating novel ideas in non-technical areas. However, improvisation has not proven effective in producing novel technical designs. We have developed a new method for applying improvisation to improve technical innovation that addresses the inherent differences in the shape of technical and non-technical idea space. This method requires a convergent and emergent step, in addition to the divergent step inherent in humorous improvisation to be effective in technical innovation. This method has produced innovative technical designs in various workshops, and these results will be discussed, as well as how such a method may be integrated into engineering research and engineering education.