Merging the Cultures of Design and Engineering: A Case Study

  • Julie BacaEmail author
  • Daniel Carruth
  • Elijah Davis
  • Daniel Waddell
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10918)


This paper presents a case study of a web application development project, in which user-centered design (UCD) was successfully integrated in an environment with strong historical and cultural roots in traditional engineering. The case study details the key factors that led to the success of the project in a deeply traditional risk-averse engineering culture, and how the lessons learned apply beyond its scope. Key factors included a design team with experience in the worlds of both design and engineering, a careful selection of UCD methods, and finally a management structure that embraced cultural change.


User-centered design Usability Prototyping 



This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Command under Contract No. W56HZV-08-C-0236.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julie Baca
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daniel Carruth
    • 2
  • Elijah Davis
    • 2
  • Daniel Waddell
    • 2
  1. 1.U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering Research and Development CenterVicksburgUSA
  2. 2.Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Mississippi State UniversityStarkvilleUSA

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