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Materials as a Bridge between Science, Engineering, and Design

Materials as a Bridge between Science, Engineering, and Design
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Author(s): Arlindo Silva (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 17
Source title: Handbook of Research on Recent Developments in Materials Science and Corrosion Engineering Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Hwee Ling Lim (The Petroleum Institute, UAE)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8183-5.ch015


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This chapter explores the idea of using the topic of materials as a bridge between three fields of knowledge: materials science, mechanical engineering and product design. It discusses ways in which the teaching of materials to diverse student audiences can be enhanced. For example, how a course is to be taught by materials scientists to product designers where the instructor has a fundamentally different notion of what materials are compared to the students' perception of what materials are and how they can be used in their future profession. A broader vision of what the materials discipline means needs to be acknowledged in order to build a common materials education thread. The chapter presents the visions of three common materials user groups – materials scientists, mechanical engineers, and product designers – and highlights the differences and similarities amongst them in the context of developing further materials knowledge and education.

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