Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Robust Design, Standards and Contemporary Issues

ME 49700 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

The role of standards, robust design and lifelong learning in engineering design. Application to contemporary issues.


(1) D. Ullman, The Mechanical Design Process, 5th Edition, McGraw Hill. (2) J. Chiles, Inviting Disaster: Lessons From the Edge of Technology, Harper Business.


After completing the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the process of designing with standards and using continuous improvement as a part of lifelong learning for engineers. [i]
  • Describe the role of standards and anti-trust law in professional and ethical responsibility [f]
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in an economic and environmental context. [h]
  • Formulate and communicate effectively describing the impact and potential solutions to contemporary engineering problems. [g, e]
  • Describe a continuous improvement process and several tools for use in improvement activities [h, I, k]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues as covered in the seminar series. [j]
  • Standards and Design
  • Six Sigma overview & use in Robust Design
  • Contemporary Issues