Infant safety in ambulances: Learning from collaborative innovation

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    Abstract

    In the winter of 2006, an industrial design team at a major university in the U.S. and a local enterprise began a joint project to design a safety device for children to be used in such emergency vehicles as ambulances and fire trucks. A faculty member in industrial design led the design team which included students, entrepreneurs, engineers and firefighters. This cross functional product development process enabled the team to take this project from a simple idea to a formidable product thereby revolutionizing safety for children in emergency transportation. Our goal was to ensure that all stakeholder needs were addressed through the design, making the product manufacturable, aesthetically appealing, and ergonomically comfortable. Students catalyzed the design process with fresh ideas and creative input, while the firefighters offered valuable insights regarding safety, regulation and real-life experience in this critical design project. Students gained valuable real world experience and had the opportunity to learn by doing, the entrepreneurial firm got a close look at the inner workings of new product development, and the firefighters were able to play an integral role by participating in the design of a product that they will use. As the entrepreneurs and firefighters were educated about the value of design through firsthand experience, they became eager to explore other product ideas through future collaboration. This paper illustrates the process of how an innovative life-saving product was developed by a multidisciplinary team and what design students learned about professional practice through their engagement in a real design project.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationDS 46: Proceedings of E and PDE 2008, the 10th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
    StatePublished - 2008
    Event10th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2008 - Barcelona, Spain
    Duration: Sep 4 2008Sep 5 2008

    Other

    Other10th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2008
    CountrySpain
    CityBarcelona
    Period9/4/089/5/08

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    Ambulances
    infant
    Innovation
    innovation
    learning
    Students
    entrepreneur
    Product design
    student
    Product development
    experience
    Emergency vehicles
    Safety devices
    engineer
    stakeholder
    Trucks
    firm
    regulation
    Fires
    university

    Keywords

    • Design collaboration
    • Design innovation
    • Emergency transportation product
    • Entrepreneurship

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Education

    Cite this

    Shin, D. (2008). Infant safety in ambulances: Learning from collaborative innovation. In DS 46: Proceedings of E and PDE 2008, the 10th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education

    Infant safety in ambulances : Learning from collaborative innovation. / Shin, Dosun.

    DS 46: Proceedings of E and PDE 2008, the 10th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. 2008.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Shin, D 2008, Infant safety in ambulances: Learning from collaborative innovation. in DS 46: Proceedings of E and PDE 2008, the 10th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. 10th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2008, Barcelona, Spain, 9/4/08.
    Shin D. Infant safety in ambulances: Learning from collaborative innovation. In DS 46: Proceedings of E and PDE 2008, the 10th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. 2008
    Shin, Dosun. / Infant safety in ambulances : Learning from collaborative innovation. DS 46: Proceedings of E and PDE 2008, the 10th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. 2008.
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