Magazine article ASEE Prism

Decisions, Decisions

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Decisions, Decisions

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AUSTRALIA-Engineers often have to make complex decisions that can have serious consequences. Israeli engineer Samuel SeIa, working temporarily in the mechanical engineering department at Melbourne's Monash University, has come up with a way to help them navigate the tricky decision-making process. His method is based on the Pugh Analysis Charts, developed by Scottish professor Stuart Pugh. Pugh Analysis is a process for finding solutions by building on the simple strategy of "pros and cons" lists.

Sela has taken the idea a step further, using quantitative tools and statistical methods. His method involves assigning a team and leader to a problem.Team members are drawn from different relevant areas, such as mechanical, electrical, and software engineering, as well as management.Team members first decide which factors require consideration-cost, performance, and company requirements for example. …

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