Engineering Design in the Multi Discipline Era is about systems engineering in the sense of an integrated approach to engineering design. The very nature of modern integrated systems means that they necessitate multidisciplinary design and so the audience encompasses a wide range of traditional domains, including mechanical and electronic engineering, manufacturing and support and, of course, those who already regard themselves as systems engineers. In reality, the engineering of integrated systems must be multi disciplinary. In a very real sense, a wide range of professions need to regard themselves as systems engineers, although the multidisciplinary team must include someone whose expertise is specifically the 'understanding of systems'. This important and practical book will be of considerable interest to engineers in manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, machinery, and other industries where mechatronic design, development, and systems integration are developed or employed. This includes professionals involved in design, research, development, and maintenance of integrated systems. Also students, who can be shown the need for a multi disciplinary approach to engineering, especially at the design stage. This book covers contents such as: Foreword; The role of engineering; The evolution of engineering design; The need for a systems engineering approach to engineering design; The enterprise environment for engineering design; Control and embedded intelligence; The challenge of idea sourcing; and, Case studies.
Professor Paul Wiese is the Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in the principles of engineering design at both the Open University and at Cranfield University. He studied at Liverpool University where he obtained a firstclass degree in mechanical engineering. His background is in industry where he held senior executive positions in the both the Engineering and the Manufacturing Departments at Rolls Royce, Bristol, including the posts of Chief Production Engineer and then Chief Engineer for the Olympus engines in Concorde. He was Technical Director at Molins plc for seven years and a Vice President of the Langston Corporation in America. At Molins he headed the company's involvement in the UK's national research programme into the design of high-speed machinery, chairing the Programme Management Committee of the EPSRC/DTI LINK research programme of the same name for many years. He was later with Ricardo Aerospace, the Consulting Engineers. Paul has extensive industrial experience in the design of mechatronic machines and has written numerous articles on mechatronics and intelligent control. He contributed the section on Design in the Open University's course 'Mechatronics: the Design of Intelligent Machines'. Currently Paul is active in the research into the intelligent geometry compressor, a concept he pioneered. This is his first book. Professor Philip John holds the Chair in Systems Engineering at Cranfield University. He studied at Imperial College, London, doing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, before spending 18 years in the defence industry. His industrial career encompassed a wide range of roles covering the whole life-cycle, from operational assessment and research, through concept and feasibility studies and full-scale development and in-service support. Over the years, Phil had systems engineering, project management, and functional management responsibilities, including leading multi-disciplinary integrated development teams, systems engineering research, and major business process re-engineering programmes. His experience covers both UK and multi-national defence programmes and, before moving to academia, he was Head of Systems Engineering for a multi-national prime contractor organization, covering the whole scope of systems engineering, such as systems proving, and simulation and modelling. Phil joined Cranfield in 1999 as the Professor of Systems Engineering and leads the growing Systems Engineering Group. He is a member of several national bodies, including two national advisory committees (for systems engineering and for synthetic environments), the UK MOD's Requirements Capability Working Party, a Defence Scientific Advisory Committee on Systems and the IEE's Executive Team on Systems Engineering. Phil's research interests include the development of complex integrated systems, risk management, and a whole system-through-life approach.