Creative Crossroads: Combining Engineering and Arts for Creative Development

  • Emily Marasco Schulich School of Engineering
  • Laleh Behjat Schulich School of Engineering
  • Robert Kelly
  • Shannon Maguire
Keywords: Creative thinking, Ideation, Creativity


The significant global challenges faced in the world today require innovative solutions and creative thinking. In traditional postsecondary education, technical programs such as engineering often focus on technical competencies as opposed to creative thinking. However, as industry demands for creative technical employees continue to increase, postsecondary institutions must adapt their education accordingly. This work combines ideation and creative writing techniques with engineering design to turn initial ideas into significant ideas using an avant-garde literary device referred to as `pataphysics. Tested by both faculty and student demographics, the final three-module framework uses disruptive thinking that leads to the accelerated development of creative solutions.


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Conference Theme: Students as Creators