This course provides hands-on and real world experience in the development of innovative and realistic customer-driven engineered products. Design concepts and techniques are introduced, and the student's design ability is developed in a design project or feasibility study chosen to emphasize ingenuity and provide wide coverage of engineering and business topics. Innovative thinking is nurtured. Students will be expected to use tools and methods of professional practice (e.g., optimal design, solid modeling, life cycle assesment) and use these tools to consider the social, economic, environmental and political implications of their products. Both individual and group oral presentations will be required. Students can expect to depart the semester understanding new product development processes as well as useful tools, techniques and organizational structures that support new product development practice in the context of the "triple bottom line" - economy, environment and society. Topics covered include: Product development processes and organization, product planning, high functioning teamwork, CAD/ solid modeling, customer/user needs assessment, personas and empathic design, translating the "voice of the customer", concept generation, concept selection, concept development, decision analysis, concept testing, taguchi method and experimental design, product architectures, design for variety, design for environment, life cycle assessment, design for assembly/ manufacture, prototyping, design costing, information technologies, design optimization, engineering ethics, universal design and entrepreneurship, innovation and intellectual property.