Recommended Design Reference Textbooks

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The textbook listings below is meant to provide a guide to folks setting up a design course & students looking for good references.  It is my opinion only...  Should you wish to add to the list, please contact me at:

BME Design Texts

King, Paul H, Fries, Richard C,  Design of Biomedical Devices and Systems, Marcel Dekker, 2002.  Purchased by Taylor & Francis ~ 2004.  Second edition 2008.

Fries, Richard C.  Reliable Design of Medical Devices, New York, Marcel Dekker, 1997.

Witkin, Karen B.  Clinical Evaluation of Medical Devices: Principles and Case Studies, Humana Press, 1997.  (excellent on evaluation)

Geddes, Leslie,  Medical Device Accidents With Illustrative Cases, New York, CRC Press, 1998.  ( an interesting collection of mishaps)

Casey, S., Set Phasers on Stun and other True Tales of Design, Technology, and Human Error, Santa Barbara, CA, Aegean Publishing Company, 1993.   (Excellent reading on many mishaps ...)

ME/EE/Comp. Eng/Related Design Texts

Bock, Peter, getting it right, R&D Methods for Science and Engineering.  New York, 2001, Academic Press.  (Generalist text on both R & D methodology, good source.)

Ulrich, K.T., Eppinger, S.D. Product Design & Development, New York, 2000, McGraw Hill  (Excellent general purpose text, useable from ME to Management.)

Design in the New Millennium: Advanced Engineering Environments: Phase 2, National Academy Press.  See for an electronic copy and print order forms.

Pahl, G., Beitz, W.,  Engineering Design, A Systematic Approach, London, Springer-Verlag, 1988. (Classic, good, but hard to read)

Dieter, G.E., Engineering Design,  New York, McGraw Hill, 2000.  (Good general purpose ME text)

Suh, N.   The Principles of Design  New York, Oxford University Press, 1990. (an axiomatic approach to design using information principles)

Wilcox, A.  Engineering Design For Electrical Engineers, Englewood Cliffs N.J., Prentice Hall, 1990. (Easy)

Ingle, Kathryn A.   Reverse Engineering, New York, McGraw-Hill Inc., 1994.  (excellent ME/EE reverse engineering examples)

Middendorf, William H.  Design of Devices and Systems, New York, Marcel Dekker Inc., 1990.  (Good overview, good coverage of Human Factors...)

Carper, Kenneth L.  Forensic Engineering, New York, Elsevier, 1989..  (interesting case studies...)

Burgess, J. Designing for Humans: The Human Factor in Engineering, Princeton, Petrocelli Books, 1986. (Any of you needing ergonomics . . . )

Schach, Steven R., Classical and Object-oriented Software Engineering, Irwin Press, Chicago, 1996  (Excellent source text for software design)

Dym, Clive L.  Engineering Design, a Synthesis of Views, Cambridge University Press, 1994  (An interesting non-denominational overview of the design process, taxonomy, and trends)

Dieter, George E.  Engineering Design, A Materials and Processing Approach, McGraw Hill, 2000.  (A Mechanical Engineering text, excellent in coverage of the overall process of design.)

"Curriculum Design, from an art towards a science" by S Waks (Technion U, Israel), ISBN # 3-9804190-0-2 is recommended for planning purposes, if you are outlining a new design or related course..

Chaffin, DB, Andersson, GBJ, "Occupational Biomechanics", Wiley, 1991. (some human factors use.)

Eggert, Rudolph. "Engineering Design", Prentice Hall, 2005.  (ME & aerospace oriented, several useful chapters)

Forensics/Intellectual Property/Miscellaneous

Sunar, D. G.,  The Expert Witness Handbook-a Guide for Engineers, Belmont CA, Professional Publications, 1989.  (overview of expert witness responsibilities ...)

Poynter, D.  The Expert Witness Handbook, Tips and Techniques for the Litigation Consultant, Para Publishing, 1987.

Foltz, R., Penn, T. Protecting Engineering Ideas & Inventions, Cleveland Ohio, Penn Institute, 1989.  (In-depth coverage of the titled topic, of value in your professional activities...)

LT Kahn, JM Corrigan, MS Donaldson, To Err is Human, Building a Safer Health System.  National Academy Press, Washington, 2000.  (Super statistics, proof that BMEs are needed!)

Nahum, Alan m., Melvin, John W.    Accidental Injury, Biomechanics and Prevention”, Springer, New York, 2002.

QFD/TRIZ Materials

William Eureka, Nancy Ryan, The Customer-Driven Company: Managerial Perspectives on Quality Function Deployment,  ASI Press, Dearborn MI 1994 (Good QFD overview/tutorial).

John Terninko, Step-by-Step QFD, Customer-Driven Product Design, 2nd Edition,  St Lucie Press, Boca Raton, FL, 1997 (ditto)

Cohen, L. "Quality Function Deployment:  How to Make QFD Work for You" Addison Wesley, 1995 (good, generic coverage)   - for QFD information, download the demo… for qfd2000 information

Altshuller, G.S. "Creativity as an Exact Science" Gordon & Breach Science, 1984.  (translation of the original TRIZ material) for TRIZ materials, several publications available. for another TRIZ type of site, software for invention.

Ethics for some of our ethical questions . CWRU ethics site, comprehensive! NSPE ethics web site, links to others


Hill, D.,  "Design Engineering of Biomaterials for Medical Devices",   Wiley, 1998.  ( A BME specific biomaterials oriented text.  2/3 Biomaterials, 1/3 design, all very good.)

Wise, D. L. Biomaterials and Bioengineering Handbook, Dekker, 2000 (Very comprehensive)

Sarikaya, M, Aksay, I. Biomimetics, Design and Processing of Materials, AIP, 1995.

Ratner, B., Hoffman, A., Schoen, F., Lemons, J. Biomaterials Science:  An Introduction to Materials in Medicine,  Academic Press, 1996.  (Excellent coverage of a wide variety of topics.) 

“Cambridge Engineering Selector” from  - generally available from Dr. Wittig.

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