Engineering design is the process of devising a system, component, or process to meet “desired needs”. It is a decision making process (often iterative), in which the basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering sciences are applied to convert “resources” optimally to meet a stated “objective”.
Engineering design is a process of devising a system, component, or process to meet desired needs and specifications within constraints. It is an iterative, creative, decision-making process in which the basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering sciences are applied to convert resources into solutions.
Engineering design involves identifying opportunities, developing requirements, performing analysis and synthesis, generating multiple solutions, evaluating solutions against requirements, considering risks, and making trade- offs, for the purpose of obtaining a high-quality solution under the given circumstances. For illustrative purposes only, examples of possible constraints include accessibility, aesthetics, codes, constructability, cost, ergonomics, extensibility, functionality, interoperability, legal considerations, maintainability, manufacturability, marketability, policy, regulations, schedule, standards, sustainability, or usability.
Source: ABET - 2022-2023 Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs
Note: The team must follow the Design Process and utilize the Design Tools and Templates.