The Innovation, Design, Engineering and Applied Scholarship
(IDEAS) program is designed to graduate students with the skills needed to confront challenges found in the study of science, engineering, business and other areas where creativity and problem-solving skills are essential. The objective of each IDEAS course is to learn how to think.
Students will work to define problems, develop solutions, test their ideas, document and present their plans, work as a team, and become skillful innovators. IDEAS courses will emphasize:
- The development of a mindset for creative thinking
- Being creative and innovative when solving problems
- The importance of attitude, knowledge, imagination, and evaluation when finding solutions
- The principles for improving divergent thinking - how to brainstorm, make connections, link ideas and work "outside the box"
- Methods to be a creative thinker
- How to define problems and determine their limits
- Techniques for presenting solutions
- Working as a member of a multifunctional team
- Time management, scheduling, and tracking progress
- Organizing meetings, keeping records, and generating action lists
- Monitoring costs to build and operate machines, systems and processes
These courses involve real world situations. The specific situations are not the primary goal — rather we emphasize the methods that are followed to solve the problem and complete the design. A student who completes this program will be ready to solve problems of any kind.