Creativity in Engineering: Novel Solutions to Complex by David H. Cropley

By David H. Cropley

Creativity in Engineering: Novel suggestions to complicated difficulties makes a speciality of creativity study, together with what we all know approximately those who find themselves artistic, what items are inventive, the easiest approaches for fostering creativity, and the methods the simplest environments for creativity will be utilized to the engineering realm.

The booklet presents functional recommendation for fostering creativity within the inception of latest items, product layout, and in producing novel, potent, and sensible ideas to technological problems.

The textual content defines what creativity is, and isn't, in utilized settings, additionally discussing the function it performs sooner or later of technological advancement.
Discusses the 4P's of Creativity: individual, Product, procedure, and position presents strategies and instruments that would support clients foster creativity in engineering environmentsIdentifies how creativity leads to cutting edge new ideas to problemsApplies creativity examine and data to the engineering area

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It is the characteristic, indeed the requirement, of newness—in the needs and in the solutions—that is why creativity is central to engineering problem solving. As engineers, however, we should note that not every need and not every solution is new, or needs to be new. There is also an important place for old solutions satisfying old needs, which I will discuss shortly. It appears, therefore, that there are six different pathways through our problem-solving process. Some are driven by change, as I have already discussed, and some are driven by what I will call stasis—the maintenance of the status quo.

This case is common to many engineering scenarios and is, in no way, inferior or deficient. If I need to hammer in a nail, then my trusty old hammer is a perfectly good solution. If I need to get traffic across a river, then a standard bridge design will almost certainly be satisfactory. This “more of the same” approach, or Replication, is the bread and butter of engineering. This is how engineers provide solutions to many of society’s problems—and satisfy needs—in a cost-effective, timely, safe, and low-risk manner.

4) represent two general design paradigms that I will explore in the next chapter. One typifies a top-down design paradigm—new needs are satisfied by new solutions. The other describes a bottom-up approach—new solutions are able to satisfy new needs. CREATIVITY IN ENGINEERING THE NEED FOR CREATIVITY 19 THE NEED FOR CREATIVITY To understand the role that creativity plays in the engineering problem-solving process, I now draw your attention to a crucial feature of the process. The examples we have considered and the flowchart model of the process have both identified the fact that change stimulates new needs and new solutions.

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