Skule Lunch & Learn: What Can Mechanical Engineering Designers Learn from Software Developers?

February 14, 2024 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


U of T Engineering Lunch & Learn

U of T Engineering alumni, join us for this monthly series. Learn about exciting research in diverse subjects from U of T Engineering professors.

Join us for an exclusive Skule Lunch & Learn featuring Professor Alison Olechowski (MIE).

Computer-aided design (CAD) is used to conceptualize every manufactured object in our lives, from medical devices to cars to toys to furniture, and promises faster and higher-quality design. As CAD platforms align with software development tools that foster collaboration, a pivotal question emerges:

Can the highly collaborative design processes of software development be applied to product design?

Professor Alison Olechowski’s research applies software development principles, like pair programming and version control, to hardware design using CAD. Through laboratory experiments and analysis of innovation competition data, her work reveals important implications for how in-program collaborative tools can positively impact design, management, and innovation in mechanical engineering product design.

Register today to learn how teamwork may unlock unprecedented potential for engineering design.

Virtual: A Zoom link will be sent to all guests who registered.

Cost: Free


By registering for the Skule Lunch & Learn event, you can earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. CPD is essential for professional engineers and limited licence holders to renew their licenses annually.

To determine if this Skule Lunch & Learn presentation can be counted towards your CPD hours, please consider the following criteria from PEO & PEAK Program:

  • Contribute to enhancing or maintaining the practitioner’s engineering competence,
  • Feature engineering learning content relevant to their practice area
  • Provide technical or regulatory knowledge pertaining to professional engineering acts,
  • Not count as their professional practice hours or acts of professional engineering.