David S. Strong, P.Eng.

David S. Strong, P.Eng

David S. Strong, P.Eng.
Professor and NSERC Chair in Design Engineering
Integrated Learning Centre

David Strong

In March of 2003, David Strong joined the faculty of Applied Science as the faculty-wide NSERC Chair in Design Engineering. His NSERC Chair was renewed for another 5 year term in June, 2008.

Biography

A Queen's graduate in mechanical engineering, prior to his appointment at Queen's, David spent over two decades in industry as a design engineer and engineering manager. His experience in design and development spans three different areas: the primary aluminum industry, biomedical and biotechnology instrumentation, and high volume consumer products. David holds patents in all three areas of practice, and has led award winning design teams, one of which received a Gold Medal in the Invention Category of the Canada Awards for Business Excellence. Throughout his career in industry, David played an active role in improving design instruction at Queen's through sponsorship and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate projects, and was a member of the Queen's University Engineering Industy Advisory Council prior to his appointment at Queen's.

Activities

As the NSERC Chair in Design Engineering, David works with all disciplines of engineering to promote and develop design and professional skills. Through the evolution of existing courses and projects, as well as the introduction of new activities, students are developing a broader understanding of design methodology and techniques, project management, business practices, and multidisciplinary team skills. The newly opened Integrated Learning Centre at Queen's facilitates many of these activities.

David is also developing strategic links with industry for interactive consultation and the expansion of multidisciplinary client-based projects.

Teaching

APSC 200, Engineering and Design Practice II

In this course, students participate constructively on teams to create solutions to open-ended complex problems, using standard design methods and tools. This project-based course provides instruction focusing on problem scoping, creativity and idea generation, decision making incorporating technical, economic, societal and environmental factors, safety, engineering codes and regulations, and engineering ethics

APSC 293, Engineering Communication

This course provides an introduction to effective engineering writing and speaking skills with the emphasis on professional correspondence, engineering reports, oral briefings, and formal oral presentations. These skills are developed in lectures and small tutorials.

APSC 381, Advanced Design and Skills for Innovation

Based on industry practice, the objective of this interactive multidisciplinary course is to provide students with a sound background in engineering design methodology and supporting design "tools". A broad range of topics spanning the problem definition through to design validation and implementation are covered. Students work in multidisciplinary teams, simulating the real-world design engineering environment.

APSC 480, Multidisciplinary Design Project

APSC 480 is a two term, multidisciplinary design project course intended for students who have previously studied APSC 381. Together, these courses form the "Multidisciplinary Design Stream", which will provide students with a solid foundation in engineering design and project management based on industry practice. The projects, drawn from industry, require the student teams to tackle real engineering problems that require effective design, project management, economic, safety, and other considerations. Projects are mentored by industry representatives and faculty supervisors with industrial experience.

 

Other Teaching and Student Supervision

David also participates in many other engineering courses providing instruction modules or guest lectures. He also runs design workshops for both university and high school students, and supervises a wide variety of design projects and theses across the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Recent Awards

Queen's Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2010
Golden Pillar Award for Extra-curricular student support, 2007
Golden Apple Teaching Award, 2006

Research Interests

David carries out research in:

  • Design and Innovation Methodologies
  • Applied Product & Process Development
  • Hybrid Vehicle Battery Optimization
  • Engineering Education R&D

External Funding

NSERC
Ontario Centres of Excellence - Centre for Materials and Manufacturing
Auto21
Hatch
Greenfield Ethanol
PowerStream
Molson Coors
Ontario Hospital Association

and many other corporate clients

Publications

Refereed Journals:

(Order in which information appears: name of author(s), title, journal, date)

  1. D.S. Strong, "An Approach for Improving Design and Innovation Skills in Engineering Education: The Multidisciplinary Design Stream", International Journal of Engineering Education, Volume 28, Number 2, 2012.
  2. U.P. Wyss, J.T.B. Bryant, N. Kubrick, C. Mechefske, P.H. Oosthuizen, D.S. Strong, B.W. Surgenor; "The CDIO Based Survey as a Useful Tool in the Monitoring and Evolution of the Curriculum in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen's University, Canada"; World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education, Volume 5 Number 2, 2006.
  3. D.S. Strong, J.D. McCowan; "The Integrated Learning Centre at Queen's University in Kingston: a new facility for engineering education"; World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education, Volume 5 Number 2, 2006.
  4. S. Andrews, P. Wild, D.S. Strong; "An Experimental Assessment of Lawn Mower Blade Loading"; Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design (Accepted December 2005).

Conference Proceedings

(Order in which information appears: name of author(s) and their institutions, title, editor(s), conference, country, date)

  1. R. Aleong and D. S. Strong, "Student Perspectives of Engineering Design Education", ASEE, San Antonio Texas, June 2012.
  2. D. Strong and B. Frank, "A Novel Faculty-wide Approach to Teaching Second Year Engineering Design and Professional Practice", CEEA, Winnipeg Manitoba, June 2012
  3. B. Frank, D.S. Strong, R. Sellens and L. Clapham, "Progress With the Professional Spine: A Four-year Engineering Design and Practice Sequence", CDIO Conference, Brisbane Australia, April 2012(nominated for Best Paper)
  4. A.J. Wodehouse, R. Maclachlan, H. Grierson, D.S. Strong, "Culture And Concept Design: A Study Of International Teams, 18th International Conference on Engineering Design", (ICED11) Copenhagen, Demark, August 2011.
  5. B. Frank, D.S. Strong, and R. Sellens, "The Professional Spine: Creation of a Four-year Engineering Design and Practice Sequence", ASEE 2011 Annual Exposition and Conference, Vancouver, Canada
  6. M. Spencer and D. S. Strong, "Engineering Perspectives of Grade 7 Students", ASEE 2011 Annual Exposition and Conference, Vancouver, Canada
  7. R. Aleong and D. S. Strong, "A Qualitative Study to Investigate Undergraduate Engineering Students' Understanding of Design 'Äì A Work in Progress", 2011 Canadian Engineering Education Association conference, St. John's, Nfld., Canada
  8. D.S. Strong, "An Approach for Improving Design and Innovation Skills in Engineering Education: The Multidisciplinary Design Stream", 2011 Mudd Design Workshop VIII,  Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA
  9. Saleh, N. and Strong, D.S.; "Students' Conceptions of Life-Long Learning:An exploratory study"; the inaugural Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA) conference , Queen's, University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; June, 2010
  10. Frank, B. and Strong, D.S; "Development of a Design Skills Assessment Tool"; the inaugural CEEA Conference, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; June, 2010
  11. Strong, D.S. and Fostaty Young, S., (Queen's University); "Consideration of the Design Attribute in the 2008 CEAB Accreditation Procedures"; the inaugural CEEA Conference, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; June, 2010
  12. Spencer, M. and Strong, D.S., "Intermediate Students' Perspective on the Profession of Engineering",  the inaugural CEEA conference, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada:  June, 2010
  13. T.F.C. Woodhall, and D.S.Strong, (Queen's University); "Development of Rubric Based Assessment Methodology for Student Design Projects"; ICED Conference, Stanford, California, USA; 2009
  14. M.E. Spencer, and D.S.Strong (Queen's University); "Preliminary Investigation of the Integration of Engineering into K-12 Education"; Sixth CDEN Conference, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; 2009
  15. B.Frank, D.S.Strong, J.Bourdreau, A.M. Pap, (Queen's University); "Design Skill Assessment from Pre-University to Third Year"; Sixth CDEN Conference, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; 2009
  16. T.F.C. Woodhall and D.S. Strong (Queen's University); "Implementing a Rubric-based Assessment Scheme into the Multidisciplinary Design Stream at Queen's University"; the Fifth CDEN Conference; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; 2008.
  17. B. Frank and D.S. Strong (Queen's University); "Survey Based Assessment of Design Skill Development in Engineering Project Courses"; the Fifth CDEN Conference; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; 2008.
  18. D. Fritz, D.S. Strong and J.T. Bryant (Queen's University); "Ancestral Engineering: Bringing an Engineering Perspective to Archaeological Investigation"; the Canadian Archaeological Association Conference; Peterborough, Ontario, Canada; 2008.
  19. J.T. Bryant, D. Fritz and D. Strong (Queen's University); "Ancestral Engineering: Towards the Integration of Archaeology and Engineering"; the Fourth CDEN Design Conference; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; 2007.
  20. E. May and D. Strong (Queen's University); "Preparing our Students for Success in Industry:  A Proposal for Change"; the Fourth CDEN Design Conference; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; 2007.
  21. D. Strong  and S. Fostaty Young (Queen's University); "Effectively Assessing Professional Engineering Skills"; the Fourth CDEN Design Conference; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; 2007.
  22. S. Murphy and D. Strong (Queen's University) and Cristina Sewerin (University of Toronto); "Teaching and Access to Industry Standards in Canada: Experience at Queen's University and the University of Toronto"; the Fourth CDEN Design Conference; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; 2007.
  23. D. Strong and T. Woodhall (Queen's University); "Designing a Rubric to Assess the Modelling Phase of Student Design Projects in Upper Year Engineering Courses"; the Fourth CDEN Design Conference; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; 2007.
  24. D. Mody and D.S. Strong (Queen's University); "An Overview of Chemical Process Design Engineering"; the Third CDEN Design Conference; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 2006.
  25. E. May and D.S. Strong (Queen's University); "Is Engineering Education Delivery What Industry Requires?"; the Third CDEN Design Conference; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 2006.
  26. D.S. Strong (Queen's University); "Towards Effective Multidisciplinary Engineering Education: The Multidisciplinary Design Stream at Queen's University - Part II"; the Third CDEN Design Conference; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 2006.
  27. B. Atabeyli, D.S. Strong and P.W. Young; "Integration of CDIO Workspace Sustainability and Support"; the Second International CDIO Conference; Linkoping, Sweden; 2006.
  28. D.S. Strong and W. Stiver (University of Guelph); "Engineering Design Competency: Perceived Barriers to Effective Engineering Design Education"; Eds: R.W. Brennan and I. Yellowley; the Second CDEN Design Conference; Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada; 2005.
  29. D.S. Strong; "Towards Effective Multidisciplinary Engineering Education: The Multidisciplinary Design Stream at Queen's University"; Eds: R.W. Brennan and I. Yellowley; the Second CDEN Design Conference; Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada; 2005.
  30. D.S. Strong and J.D. McCowan (Queen's University); "Effective Workspace for Engineering Education: The Integrated Learning Centre at Queen's University in Kingston"; the 1st Annual CDIO Conference; Kingston, Ontario, Canada; 2005.
  31. U.P. Wyss, J.T.B. Bryant, N. Kubrick, C. Mechefske, P.H. Oosthuizen, D.S. Strong, B.W. Surgenor; "The CDIO Based Survey as a Useful Tool in the Monitoring and Evolution of the Curriculum in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department at Queen's University, Canada"; the 1st Annual CDIO Conference; Kingston, Ontario, Canada; 2005.
  32. J. Angeles (McGill University), L. Chang (University of New Brunswick), R. Britton (University of Manitoba), F. Charron (Université of Sherbrooke), P. Gregson (Dalhousie University), P. Gu (University of Calgary), S. Lambert (University of Waterloo), P. Lawrence (University of British Columbia), H. Prion (University of British Columbia), W. Stiver (University of Guelph), D. S. Strong, P. Stuart (École Polytechnique), B. Thompson (formerly of the University of Western Ontario); "The Engineering Design Competency"; the Inaugural CDEN Design Conference; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; 2004.
  33. N.P. Fitzpatrick and D.S. Strong; "Aluminum Air: a Battery/Battery Hybrid for an Off-Road Vehicle"; 9th International Electric Vehicle Symposium; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 1988.

Other Publications:

(Order in which information appears: name of author(s), title, journal, date)

  • D.S. Strong; "Is Engineering Education Providing Sufficient Emphasis On Environmental Issues?", Environmental Progress Editorial, October 2006, Vol. 25, Issue 3, Pg 186.
  • 16 Patents in various fields

Other Activities

Director: Advanced Design and Manufacturing Institute (ADMI)
President of the Board of Directors: Queen's University Engineering Services Society Incorporated (QUESSI - Book Store)
Director: Engineering Society Board of Directors
Faculty Advisor: Engineering Student Competetive Teams (Design and Safety)
Chair: Mechanical and Materials Engineering Industry Advisory Council
Member: CDIO Mechanical and Materials Engineering Committee

Contact Info

David S. Strong, P.Eng.
Professor and NSERC Chair in Design Engineering
Beamish-Munro Hall, Rm 301
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Phone: (613) 533-2606
Fax: (613) 533-2721
Email: strongd@appsci.queensu.ca