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The backbone of all engineering projects are the requirements, yet this is generally poorly understood or supported with design enablers.  In this presentation we will explore what requirements are, how they are taught, how they are discovered and defined, how they evolve in projects, and how they can be used to support reasoning and inferencing.   We will present research that spans from studying company culture and project evolution to experimental studies that show that it is okay to generate sketched solutions before defining requirements to computational tools that can predict requirement change.  Come early and stay late for some dynamic research in realtime.  Come to learn about the topic that companies recognize as the most challenging aspect of all product development, the headaches that keep project manager up all night as they try to wrangle the dynamically changing requirements.  Requirements are the key to design and design (and manufacturing) are the essence of engineering.



Joshua D. Summers is Head and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas.  Josh earned his Ph.D. from ASU (design exemplar – beyond features) and his MS (virtual reality, feature based early stage submarine design) and BS (fluidized bed design) from University of Missouri.  He has worked at the Naval Research Laboratory (VR Lab and NCARAI).  He was formerly a Professor at Clemson University (2002-2020).  Josh’ research has been funded by government, large industry, and small-medium sized enterprises.  His areas of interest include collaborative design, knowledge management, and design enabler development with the overall objective of improving design through collaboration and computation.  His true passion is helping others achieve their potential.  

ECSS 2.415

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science


Jennifer Klunk

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