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"Our students will have the drive to shape a better future"

Published: 19 March 2013

Hello there, who are you?

- I'm Åsa Wikberg Nilsson, training leader for Engineering Design and lecturer in design methodologies, processes and technologies.

In what courses students meet you?

- Students meet me in the courses design methodology, design theory, product and production design and as an examiner and supervisor of some projects courses and in the final degree project.

How are you as a teacher?

- I hope I am a committed teacher who has focused on the students to develop their design skills, not that they should answer "right" questions. I think my courses can be a bit annoying because I would rather be questioning rather than giving answers to questions.

Why is it so fun to teach?

- It's so funny to see when "the penny falls down," when students understand that it depends on them, there is something beyond the course here and now, something that lies ahead. Independence is the highest goal.

What do you want the students to get from your courses?

- I want them to give them curiosity and a willingness and a commitment to look beyond the course, for their own development's sake. For our students it is important to imagine that they are constantly developing knowledge they will use in their future as design engineers. They must learn to put knowledge in context and understand how and when to use it in design and product development. Courses are not completed tasks, they are part of our students' development of autonomous agents.

- It is crucial for design engineers to constantly question why things look and work the way they do. The creative design expertise that we want to develop is about being curious and wanting to change and develop a better future for mankind. Our students will have an incentive to shape a better future simply!

Why study Industrial Design at LTU?

- Because it is a creative and stimulating program with dedicated teachers who wish to be included as support during the trip.