Short Courses and Conferences

Product Development and Engineering Problem Solving

Dates Pending

Dates for the 2016 session of this course have not been determined.

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Course Description

Product Development and Engineering Problem Solving is an intensive 3-day course that helps companies successfully navigate two distinct, but related problems: Product Development and Engineering Problem Solving. While new product development drives a company's bottom line, there are always technical challenges to be met supporting that activity, such as the design of a complex test stand for example. By switching the focus from the paying customer or end-user to the company, engineering group, or even an individual engineer, all the tools described in this course apply to the solution of many technical problems.

Course content addresses engineering activities starting from the identification of the customer's pain and definition of an opportunity to the construction of functional and non-functional prototypes. It covers tools and methods enabling organizations to deliver higher quality designs, faster, and with less investment. While the course focuses on discrete engineered products (think coffee makers to jetliners), it takes the broadest possible view of term "product". So, concepts taught in this course are applicable to any product class, including services, software, commodities and more.

Who Should Attend

The course benefits executives, managers, and practitioners involved in the design of new products.  PD professionals from all company functions, not only engineering, are encouraged to attend.  There will be an equation or two, but mathematics is not the focus of this course.

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Continuing Education Credit

The Colorado School of Mines will award 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of the course.

Course Director

William (Yitz) Finch has a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, with an emphasis on product design.  After graduation, he was a research scientist at MIT's Center for Innovation in Product Development, working to deploy research products to the CIPD's partner companies.Learn more...

Course Topics

The course will cover the following topics and more...

  • Problem Definition: What's your problem?
  • Opportunity Identification: Why should we get in the game?
  • Customer Needs: What do my customers really want?
  • Engineering Metrics: How good is my design?
  • Scenario Modeling: How will my design be used?
  • Functional Modeling: What does this thing have to do?
  • Product Architecture: How do I get from function to form?
  • Concept Generation and Selection: Which candidate concept is best?
  • Engineering Analysis: Will this thing "fly"?
  • Eliciting Customer Needs: What are my customers saying?
  • Prototyping: How can I learn quickly?

An outline of the course content is available on this website. Learn more...


The course will be taught at Colorado School of Mines in Golden (near Denver), Colorado USA. Learn more...

Fees and Registration

Registration for this course is open now. Enrollment is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted in the order received. Full information about fees, options, and payment methods is available. Learn more...

Travel and Accommodations

Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, transportation, lodging, and meals. Additional information is available through the links below.

Further Technical Information

For more information about the course content, please contact:

William (Yitz) Finch
Adjunct Faculty
College of Engineering and Computational Sciences
Colorado School of Mines
Phone: 303.927.8626

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