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Course Goals

  • Ability to design using basic principles of design
  • Invention of products based on basic principles
  • Various ways of achieving robust design
  • Ability to design complex systems, including software and hardware
  • Understanding complexity of systems
  • Reduction of complexity of engineered systems
  • Teaching using many examples and case studies from diverse fields
  • Learning by working on real projects (Term projects)


2.004, 2.006


Amazon logo Suh, N. P. Axiomatic Design: Advances and Applications. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780195134667.

Amazon logo ———. Complexity: Theory and Applications. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780195178760.


Activities percentages
Two One-hour Examinations 25%
Homework 25%
Term Project 50%