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Title: Do student trials predict what professionals value in sustainable design practices?
Authors: Faludi, Jeremy
Yiu, Felix
Srour, Ola
Kamareddine, Rami
Ali, Omar
Mecanna, Selim
Affiliations: Faculty of Engineering 
Keywords: Design education
Design for environment
Design methodology
Design methods
Design process
Product design
Sustainable design
Issue Date: 2019-01-01
Part of: Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME
Volume: 141
Issue: 10
When teaching sustainable design in industry or academia, we should teach design methods, activities, and mindsets that are most effective at driving real change in a industry. However, most studies of design practices are performed on students, not on professionals. How strongly do student perceptions of value predict those of industry teams designing real products? This study provided workshops on three sustainable design methods (The Natural Step, Whole System Mapping, and Biomimicry) for 172 professionals and 204 students, applying the methods to their actual products being developed. It surveyed both populations about which activities or mindsets within each design method provided sustainability value, innovation value, and overall value. Quantitatively, student results did not strongly predict professional opinions; professionals chose clearer favorites and valued more things. However, qualitatively, student results did predict the reasons why professionals would value the design activities and mindsets. Therefore, care should be taken to choose appropriate participants for the questions being asked in sustainable design research.
ISSN: 10500472
DOI: 10.1115/1.4043200
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Department of Chemical Engineering

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