IENG 352

Innovation Projects


Project For this course, each student team must complete and submit a project that provides an innovative solution to a product, process, societal problem or to an innocentive challenge.  The project is worth 100 points for the project  itself and 25 points for team weighting (see below).  Projects may be one of three types:
  1. An idea for a new product that satisfies a real need.  The product must be innovative and societal need must be documented in some fashion.  As an example, consider an easy alternative for parents to be able to track young children should they become separated at a mall or busy airport.  Another idea might be a way to provide inexpensive lighting to rural areas in developing countries. 
  2. An innovative twist for an existing product.  For example, most spray bottle cleaners provide a clear tube that runs near the length of the bottle but 10-20% of the solution remains in the bottle when the tube no longer does the job required.  Can the spray bottle be redesigned to more fully draw the solution?  Another idea might be a redesign of a coffee pot decanter that doesn't drip when pouring coffee.
  3. The innocentive web site offers over a hundred different product and design challenges in 8 different product challenge categories (business, computer science, engineering, . . . ) and 6 different pavilions (renewable energy, developing countries, world health, . . . ).  They also offer a variety of invention competitions.  If you select an innocentive challenge, your task will be to study the challenge and provide a solution to that challenge that could be forwarded to innocentive as a solver.

Regardless of project type, all projects, inventions, or challenges need to demonstrate an innovative solution methodology that incorporates ideas, constraints, and some criteria for selection.  Specifically, your innovation or solution must incorporate at least one of the following:  whole brain thinking, factor weighting method, Pugh method, or TRIZ.  Specifics on points for each project type follows. 

New Product The new product idea must demonstrate a viable product that demonstrates a real need.  The product report may be either a poster (such as those found in CM) or project report or both.  The poster / report must provide documentation on product need, alternatives, constraints, and criteria for selection.  Product must include a preliminary drawing for the product idea.  Project report must be grammatically free of errors and must follow the campus writing rubric. 

Points     
     Innovativeness of product idea      30 pts
     Writing format (rubric)                  10 pts
     Documented need                        20 pts
     Idea selection criteria                    30 pts
     Completeness of design                10 pts
     Poster format                               10 pts

   

Product
Innovation
The product innovation must demonstrate a significantly new innovation to an existing product or service.  The innovation must demonstrate that incorporation of the design would satisfy a real need.  The innovation must provide documentation on alternatives, constraints and selection criteria and should include a preliminary drawing for the product innovation.  Project report must be grammatically free of errors and must follow the campus writing rubric. 

Points     
     Creativity of innovation                 30 pts
     Writing format (rubric)                  10 pts
     Documented need                        20 pts
     Idea selection criteria                    30 pts
     Completeness of design                10 pts
     Poster format                               10 pts

 

Innocentive
Challenge

Projects based on the innocentive challenge must include a full description of the challenge, alternatives considered, and criteria for selection.  If a product design challenge, a preliminary drawing should be included.  If a pavillion problem solution must demonstrate a degree of inventiveness that provides a viable solution to the problem.  Innocentive solutions require a poster reporting format. 

Points     
     Challenge description                    10 pts     
     Idea selection criteria                    30 pts
     Completeness of solution              10 pts
     Creativity of solution                     30 pts
     Poster format                                20 pts
     Submitted as Solution                    10 pts
     Selected as Solver             6,000,000 pts

Team Wts Each team member is required to evaluate each member of his/her team via the CATME for 5 points.  In addition, each member must submit a team weighting for members of the team.  These are to be submitted to the instructor only.  Weights allowable total 20 pts x the number of members on the team.  Consider Erin, Brendan, Kathryn, and Keegan on team A.  Score submissions might be as follows.

                   Erin      Brendan     Kathryn     Keegan
Erin              25           20             15             20
Brendan       30           20             20             10
Kathryn        20           15             25             15
Keegan        20            20            20             20

Assuming each completed the CATME, final team points would be 24, 20, 20, 16 for Erin, Brendan, Kathryn, and Keegan respectively.