Designed Experiments: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Space Education

by David O. Swint, United States Air Force Acad, United States,
S. E. Jones, United States Air Force Acad, United States,
Stephen R. Schmidt, United States Air Force Acad, United States,
Stanley P. Rader, United States Air Force Acad, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space II


The challenge of space is forcing engineering faculties to re-examine their roles in preparing college graduates to contribute to the space exploration and colonization effort. One of the greatest obstacles to conquering space is lack of funding. Poor designs, cost overruns, rework and faulty products can effectively derail our space program. We need an increased educational emphasis on developing technical and managerial skills designed to improve the quality, reliability, maintainability and cost-effectiveness of our space-related engineering systems. This emphasis must be interdisciplinary in nature in order to have the impact required to substantially influence the way the space industry does business. This paper addresses a powerful interdisciplinary method of blending engineering theory with statistics in order to improve the cost-effectiveness of space-related experimentation and design of engineering systems.

Subject Headings: Space colonies | Energy engineering | Education | Engineering education | Systems engineering | Faculty | Financing | Geological faults

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