Innovation and Creativity in Engineering Design: The role of student engagement, team spirit and industry support

Farid Benyahia and Majeda Khraisheh
Department of Chemical Engineering


Abstract

The role of engineering education cannot be overemphasized these days due to the rapid growth in economic development and globalization in most parts of the world. In addition to core engineering skills, future engineers need a whole range of non-technical skills in order to fit in an increasingly sophisticated and challenging job market. Engineering design is perhaps the subject in the discipline where innovation and creativity can be best demonstrated. In an initiative on teaching innovation, a team of chemical engineering faculty members developed a chemical plant design approach that encourages student engagement, fosters team spirit with support from industry who are considered as important stakeholders in engineering education. This paper presents the philosophy behind the approach, the challenges faced and how it ended as a success story with commendation from Qatar University and international industry.