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The design process is both an art and a science, and exists in many different disciplines. Afundamental way to look at engineering design is that you are trying to create a solution to a problem. The following steps will help get you on the road to finding a good solution; they can be used as a way to track and document the design process, help you work with teammates on a design project and give you ideas for how to proceed. “Brute force” engineering options, where your resources are basically unlimited, often meet the criteria of solving the problem, but somewhere there is usually a profound solution, which is simple, cheap, and beautiful. It may take a long time to get there, but keep working to find it for it as long as possible, it is worth the effort.