July 27 - 29, 2009     McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  Paper Submission

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their submitted abstracts. There is an option to attach a paper to each abstract.


The sixth CDEN International Design Engineering Conference will focus on design innovation and engineering education that are such essential ingredients of creating a new future for the people of Canada and the world. Submissions can include, but are not limited to, the philosophy of design; tools and techniques for effective and successful design; methods and tools for designing to meet needs; methods for and research into the assessment of design; teaching and promoting design; humanitarian design; design successes and failures; tear-downs of designs and design-processes; the infrastructure required for design; lessons and methods used in non-engineering design fields; design for commercialization; and related topics.

The goal of the conference is to explore design practice and teaching that leads to better lives for Canadians.

Papers and design-competition entries will be accepted in both official languages.However, translation and interpretation services are not available.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is May 15, 2009

Deadline for submission of accepted papers is July 10, 2009


Original papers are invited in the areas of Engineering Education, Design Education and Design Practice. Within these areas, contributions on the following topics are particularly encouraged:

Engineering Education
  • Industry needs in terms of competencies of (graduating )engineers
  • Novel approaches to learning
  • Accreditation process and its impact on student competencies
  • Internship programs
  • Mentoring in industrial practice
  • Continuing education
  • Knowledge management
  • Web-based education resources
Design Education
  • The design curriculum
  • Design projects and case studies
  • Design methodologies, tools, and techniques for design education
  • Evaluation metrics and techniques in design education
  • Web-based education resources
  • Multi-disciplinary design education
  • Professional development in engineering design
Design Practice
  • Product design methodologies and applications
  • Process design methodologies and applications
  • Sustainable design and development
  • Design for special requirements, such as manufacturing, construction, services, or the environment
  • Design methodologies, tools, and techniques
  • Distributed design activities and teams
  • Web-based design and collaborative design tools
  • Design in the automobile industry, aerospace, discrete manufacturing, high-tech, process, pharmaceutical, and other industries.
  • Design for sustainability
  • Current and future industrial practice trends

Abstract and Paper Submission; Poster Preparation

Formatting Instructions
The format for papers is similar to the IEEE paper format and is available here in pdf. You can find an example paper in MS Word here and a LaTeX file to use as a template here.

Papers should not exceed 6 pages. Unless absolutely necessary, the file size should not exceed 10MB.Papers are to be submitted on-line only.Please use the submissions form. All papers should be submitted as PDF files.

Formatting instructions for poster can be found here.

A Right To Publish, granting permission to publish the submission in the Conference Proceedings, must be completed for each submission and sent as a signed hardcopy to the Conference Chair:

Alex Manu
Vladimir Mahalec
Conference Chair, CDEN-09
GMC Centre for Engineering Design
1280 Main Street West, McMaster University
Hamilton, ON  ITB 107
Fax: 905-528-7901

The Right To Publish may be found here.

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