Emerging Technology Design: A new master course at bringing emerging technologies its break through applications.

Arthur O. Eger, Andries de Boer

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In 2001 the University of Twente started a course on Industrial Design Engineering. In 2004 the first group of students obtained their bachelor degree and started with one of the two then available subsequent master courses: • Design & Styling • Management of Product Development This paper describes the insights that have been employed in developing the curriculum of a third course that will start in 2005, and that is called 'Emerging Technology Design'. Many new products are the result of what is often called 'technology push', the result of new techniques, new materials or new methods. Within the University of Twente a lot of research, both fundamental and applied, is carried out. Too often it happens that the results of this research remain in a theoretical phase and don't find their way to the industry because they lack a "break through application". The master course Emerging Technology Design teaches students of Industrial Design Engineering to introduce in the market of consumer products a new technology that was developed in one of the faculties of the University of Twente in a two years course. In the first year they study – next to a program of industrial design subjects – methods of innovation research and market research, and the new technology they have chosen. In the second year, after they have succeeded in tracing a possible break through, they finish the course with the design and engineering of a new product. The intention is that they finish the course within a company that is interested in the new product. The paper describes in more detail the curriculum and the education environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrossing design boundaries. Proceedings of the Engineering and Product Design Education, 15-16 September 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Vol 1 part 4
EditorsPaul Rodgers, Libby Brodhurst, Duncan Hepburn
Place of PublicationUSA
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-39118-4 (
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2005
Event3rd Engineering and Product Design Education Conference, E&PDE 2005: Crossing design boundaries - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Sep 200516 Sep 2005
Conference number: 3

Publication series

PublisherTaylor & Francis


Conference3rd Engineering and Product Design Education Conference, E&PDE 2005
Abbreviated titleE&PDE
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • design curriculum development
  • new materials and new technologies indesign
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • IR-53907
  • industrial collaboration and working with industry
  • METIS-229442


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