AgeLab research assistant and designer Sheng-Hung Lee is co-author of a paper with John Liu published by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). The paper discusses two design methodologies, systems engineering and design thinking, and their application to a cislunar space development project.
Originating in the 1960s and becoming widely popular in the early 21th century, design thinking can be broadly categorized as human-centered and qualitative in its approach. In contrast, systems engineering, which was developed close to the end of World War II, is function-centered and quantitative.
The authors combined these two methods to generate the preliminary design architecture of a lunar energy grid that would provide power to NASA’s future space missions based on a call for proposals from NASA’s 2020 RASC-AL competition. The researchers note that while space projects tend to be suited for systems engineering thinking, there is an opportunity for integration of design thinking into the process and in so doing conceive of new human-centered systems that better meet the needs of users and systems simultaneously.
AgeLab researcher John Rudnik and AgeLab Director Joseph F. Coughlin are also credited as authors on the paper.
Read more and view the paper here.