Design and Engineering Processes

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Chair: Richard Evans, Director of BSc Product Design at Brunel University London, UK

Co-Chair: Gangfeng Wang, Senior Engineer, Key Laboratory of Road Construction Technology and Equipment of MOE at Chang’an University, China

Product design is crucial for the survival of most organisations. However, designing a product that is unique and meets the needs and expectations of end-consumers is not a simple process. It requires innovation, cross-functional collaboration, and effective decision-making between designers and engineers to develop products that work well, look good, and are profitable. Successful design requires the management of customer requirements and corresponding processes, ensuring that the product is functional, high-quality, reliable during its lifetime, and in-line with the organisation’s brand and values. To compete competitively in the market, designers must engineer products that are attractive and provide value to customers.

Aim: The Design and Engineering Processes Technical Activity Committee aims to build a network and create opportunities for IEEE TEMS members and non-members to collaborate, share experiences and knowledge, and learn from one another on topics relating to design and engineering processes.

We focus on all aspects of product and service design, including process inception, implementation, optimization and control for new product or system development in design, engineering, and research and development up to procurement, manufacturing and system deployment. 

Interests: New Product Development, Collaborative Design, Strategy Management, Portfolio Management, Program Management, Risk Management, Technology Roadmapping, Requirement Management, Autonomous Production, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Systems, Agile and People centric methods (SCRUM, Lean Development), Distributed Teams Management, Obsolescence Management, product Innovation, Design for Additive Manufacturing, Human Behaviours in Design, Mass Customisation, and Cyber-Physical Systems (inc. IOT, VR, AR).

We are looking for interesting discussions, networking, conference engagement, production of joint publications and other activities, with a focus on results. 

To find out more and to join the Design and Engineering Processes SIG, please e-mail the Co-chairs using the contact information below.

Chair – Richard Evans

Richard Evans is Director of the BSc Product Design degree and Senior Lecturer in Human Factors for Design at Brunel University London, United Kingdom. He is an established academic with extensive research experience in the fields of design engineering management, innovation and knowledge management, and product design and development. He has worked in a variety of industries from retail to aerospace and defense, conducting his Ph.D. in collaboration with BAE Systems plc. From 2013-15, Richard worked as a Research Fellow at the Center for Innovative Product Development and Manufacturing at the University of Greenwich, specializing in the field of design of knowledge management systems for manufacturing. Dr Evans collaborates extensively with world-leading academics across the world, including China, Mexico, and Turkey. He has held adjunct Visiting Professor positions at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China) and the Autonomous University of Baja California (Mexico). He works closely with UK-based manufacturers in fields including product design and development, innovation management, and engineering management. He has authored 80+ publications in e.g., IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and the International Journal of Production Research

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Co-Chair – Gangfeng Wang

Gangfeng Wang received the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, in 2015. From 2016-2019, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Joint Postdoctoral Research Center of Chang’an University and Sinomach Changlin Company Limited, China. He is currently a Senior Engineer with the Key Laboratory of Road Construction Technology and Equipment of MOE, School of Construction Machinery, Chang’an University, China. His main research interests include manufacturing knowledge management, smart process planning and simulation, assembly precision analysis and optimization, computer-aided product/process innovation, and new product development of intelligent construction machinery. He has authored 30+ scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals in e.g., International Journal of Production Research, Assembly Automation, International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing, Applied Sciences, and Science Progress. He is an active reviewer of numerous reputed international journals and conferences.

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TEMS – 5 Focus Areas

Moving Product/Services from Idea to Market

Identifying and Implementing Successful Projects, and Systems

Integrating Technology for Capability and Productivity

Developing from Engineer to Leader

Balancing the Norms of Society, Government, and Regulators

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