Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Jerry Hamelink

Second Advisor

Dr. Dennis VandenBrink

Third Advisor

Dr. Judah Ari-Gur

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


In the last few years, industry and academia have focused greater attention on the area o f engineering design. Manufacturers have implemented new design methods such as concurrent engineering and design for manufacture, and academia has increased research in design-related issues. This paper will attempt to summarize the recent advances, both scholarly and industrial, relating to the field of design. I will examine new methodologies and supporting tools for the design process, both in use and under research. This paper will cover concurrent engineering, design for manufacture, quality methods, design theory research, computer-aided design, expert systems, analysis programs, manufacturing, and other subjects related to design, including engineering education. I will look at the newest advances forming the current state of these areas, the relationships among the areas, and the utility of each area. I will also comment on the future trends in engineering design.