Option Ingénierie de la Conception

The  curriculum  in  Engineering  Design  and  Management  at MINES ParisTech focuses on the industrial development of new products, systems or services.

Based on the most recent breakthroughs in design theory and generative processes, the curriculum has developed an education program on methods and processes for the management of innovative design.

The  program  benefits  from  several  industrial  partnerships. With these partners, the students develop innovative design projects and methods in real life situations within companies, with the support of researchers experts in design.

Allying scientific rigor and industrial relevance, this curriculum prepares  the  students  for  careers  in  engineering  design,  in R&D, in innovation department, in product department – more broadly : to be an engineer that is more than an optimizer or decision-maker: a design engineer and creative manager.

 

THE FOUR AREAS OF THE PROGRAM

The pedagogical perspective of the program aims to teach students how to use the new tools and approaches to tackle innovative design problems. It is built on the most recent theories of de- sign reasoning that offer a framework for interpretation for the diversity of design schools and a valuable sup- port to reasoning in innovative design contexts. The program also provides the students with solid knowledge on the industrial world, both its history and its contemporary challenges, and stimulates their creativity and their capacity to intervene through confronting them with real industrial projects. This program is based on a combination of two forms of pedagogy: a period of classroom teaching followed by an innovative design project, taking place in a company.

The classroom teaching consists of four modules:

  • Project management
  • Design theory
  • Design strategy and economics
  • Introduction to industrial design

 

A STUDY TRIP TO DISCOVER A VARIETY OF DESIGN ENVIRONMENTS

A one week study trip is organized to discover a socio-economic environment renowned for its innovative design capacity. Interviews and discussions with designers and managers are organized in companies, R&D labs, universities, start-ups and social organizations.

  • In 2007, the students went to the Boston region to visit the MIT’s MediaLab, professors at Harvard and MIT, as well as companies such as Schlumberger, Saint-Gobain Norton, Innocentive or Genzyme.
  • In 2009, they flew to the Silicon Valley to visit firms (Intel, Zazzle, Pixar, Xerox…) and labs at Stanford, San Jose and Berkeley University.
  • In 2011, the students visited Shanghai, China, to see the R&D labs at Saint Gobain, Tongji University, design schools, R&D clubs of french firms in China.
  • In 2013, they went to Montréal, Québec, and discovered innovative firms such as Bombardier, Cirque du Soleil, or Ubisoft.

In 2017, the students went to Suede to visit Lynk, Vinova, Chalmers University, Sup46

 

THE DESIGN WORKSHOP

The design workshop consists in developing a design strategy for a range of innovative consumer products or services in a given innovation field (coffee machine, vacuum cleaner, shopping cart…) that allows the design of a range of innovative products. To do this, students have to acquire knowledge, model, explicit the design reasoning, and organize explorations.

For example, in 2007 the students worked on the self-service urban bicycle. They retraced the main alternatives, deciphered the design strategy used by JCDecaux (service operator of new self-service urban bicycle in Paris), and explored related innovative concepts such as the design of a road network for cyclists.

 

AN INNOVATIVE DESIGN PROJECT WITH A COMPANY PARTNER

As part of the curriculum, the students work on a project in a company from October to June, addressing a real design problem. The related activities are very diverse, but the carefully selected subjects are directly linked to what the students learn in the program.

Some recent examples of projects

  • Study and evaluation of arenas for learning, support to innovation processes (Learning from users, from prototypes, from new simulation methods) Decathlon, EDF (innovation arenas), Schneider Electrics (innovation platforms), L’Oréal, Renault, INRA
  • Methods and organization to explore innovation fields and elaborate design strategies (KCP workshops, explora- tory partnerships…) Thales, Valeo,
  • Innovation support organizations…
  • Modeling of knowledge for innovation. Axane, Valeo, Thales, Lafarge,Alcatel Optronics, Saur…
  •  Design reasoning in areas linked to in- novative design (Research, technical support, patenting services, semio- tics…) Research institutes (INRA crop sciences, CEA nuclear energy, CNRS) or design studios (Plan Créatif)

 

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