Introducing systems engineering to industrial design engineering students with hands-on experience

Gerrit Maarten Bonnema, Ilanit F. Lutters-Weustink, Frederikus J.A.M. van Houten

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The article presents an innovative educational project to introduce systems engineering to third year students in industrial design engineering at the University of Twente. In a short period the students are confronted with new technology, namely sensors and actuators. They have to apply this technology in a complex situation, the design of a home climate system or an intelligent automobile. They work in large groups without tutor. In parallel a basic course on systems engineering is given to provide the students with tools for handling this situation. The aim is that students are forced to apply the systems engineering tools in a concrete situation, thus directly experiencing the benefits. The project is implemented and the article describes the context, the goals, the setup, and the experiences of both teachers and students. The article concludes with an evaluation of the first and second year it has been executed.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings of Eighteenth International Conference on Systems Engineering
EditorsH. Selvaraj, V. Muthukumar
Place of PublicationLas Vegas
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0-7695-2359-5
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2005
Event18th International Conference on Systems Engineering, ICSEng 2005 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 16 Aug 200518 Aug 2005
Conference number: 18

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Conference18th International Conference on Systems Engineering, ICSEng 2005
Abbreviated titleICSEng
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


  • IR-53906
  • METIS-227291

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