This two half-day course covers the fundamentals of problem solving and creativity in engineering and geoscience through real examples. It attempts to sharpen the problem solving skills of participants and help them reach a higher level of talent to efficiently handle problems in projects. The course provides a systematic framework for improving problem solving skills and creativity. Creativity is a skill that can be learned, expanded, and applied to daily tasks at both professional and personal levels. Through years of experience, professionals develop their own problem solving aptitudes. However, this process can be greatly enhanced by learning creative problem solving techniques. This gives a new dimension to the subject of gaining experience and training.
In this course, Dr. Jamali will cover the principles of creative problem solving. The topics covered include problem definition, idea generation techniques, and critical thinking methodology. The course is intended for new and experienced engineers, technicians, managers, and anybody who wants to attain a new horizon in expanding their cognitive abilities. After taking this course, participants will be able to recognize ill-defined problems, identify the real problem, remove mental blocks, and generate and examine alternative solutions in a systematic manner. Techniques like brainstorming, vertical thinking, lateral thinking, analogy, cross-fertilization, and TRIZ are discussed along with numerous examples of real engineering problems for which creative solutions were obtained using the techniques discussed in the class.
This session will be held over Zoom and is two half days from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Systematically apply principles of critical thinking in analyzing a problem
- Identify an ill-defined problem and proceed to a correct problem definition
- Recognize mental blocks to creativity and solution generation
- Generate creative solutions to a given problem using techniques like TRIZ, lateral thinking, brainstorming, vertical thinking, brain-writing, and analogy
For any questions on this session, please contact [email protected].
About the Presenter
Dr. Mirmosadegh Jamali, P.Eng., is a professor of civil engineering and a member of Engineers Geoscientists British Columbia with 32 years of academic and engineering experience. His work experience includes working as an engineer in the fields of structural and hydrotechnical engineering in consulting companies in Iran and Canada for several years. Apart from teaching and doing research in hydrotechnical engineering, he actively explores the area of creativity and problem solving in engineering at Sharif University of Technology, where he is currently teaching a graduate course titled Innovation and Creativity in Engineering. Dr. Jamali has been involved in several research collaborations with researchers at UBC and MIT. He obtained his BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Sharif University of Technology, he has a PhD in coastal engineering and a master's degree in applied mathematics from UBC.