The course objective is to learn how to plan, design and conduct experiments efficiently and effectively, and analyze the resulting data to obtain objective conclusions. Both experimental design and statistical analysis issues are discussed. Opportunities to use the principles taught in the course arise in all phases of engineering and scientific work, including new product design and development, manufacturing and service process improvement, and technology development. Applications from various fields of engineering will be illustrated throughout the course.
Interesting lab sessions will provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience on experimental design and data analysis. Computer software packages (such as Minitab) to implement the methods presented will be illustrated extensively, and you will have opportunities to use it for homework assignments and the group project.