Title page for ETD etd-05052003-133947

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Henshaw, Graham Robert
Author's Email Address ghenshaw@vt.edu
URN etd-05052003-133947
Title Single-Session Design: Design Methodology in Compressed Timeframes Derived from the Robot Rivals Television Series
Degree Master of Science
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Reinholtz, Charles F. Committee Chair
Green, William R. Committee Member
Wicks, Alfred L. Committee Member
  • Television
  • Rapid Design Methodology
  • Rapid Design Process
Date of Defense 2003-04-30
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study is to document the design process as it is adapted to compressed timeframes. I have termed this adapted design process single-session design. This study will also explore the application of this type of design methodology in industry where the research and development phases of products are continually being compressed.

The primary research for this study is extracted from the examples of rapid design observed repeatedly on the Robot Rivals television series on the Do It Yourself network. The scope of this television series is a competition between two teams of engineering students to design, build, and operate a robot in a single day. The show yields an ideal platform to study the design process in a highly adaptive and compressed form. This study will show how the design process can be adapted to function in a fast-paced situation.

The design process in general has been studied for quite some time. However, to date there is no focused research on a specific design methodology that is intended for extremely short-term projects. This research provides insight into the situation where significant time constraints stimulate creativity and ingenuity in designs.

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