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The Role of the Design Engineer

Good design can be a catalyst for change. Lets learn more about how this can be achieved by the design engineer.

First, let us take a look at the qualities that a good design engineer should have.

To summarise, a good design engineer should possess the following three qualities:

  1. The ability to reintegrate fragmented knowledge. This is the ability to bridge the different expertise to work together to find a solution.
  2. The ability to synthesise solutions. This is an extension of the above criteria, where an overall general understanding acts as the glue to find an viable and elegant solution to the problem.
  3. The ability to communicate clearly during the design process between the different team members of different backgrounds, expertise and values.

Hopefully, in this step I have adequately illustrated to you the importance of the designer, as the pivot to the whole design process.

He or she will have to bring together a diverse team of expertise to work on a project. If the project is selected well, the impact will have far reaching consequences for society.

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