Edward Lumsdaine

Edward Lumsdaine


  • Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Ph.D, New Mexico State University


After nearly fifty years in academe and industry, Dr. Lumsdaine’s more recent interests have been in how to enhance learning, innovation, engineering design, quality, and teamwork. In 1994, he received the ASEE Chester F. Carlson award for innovation in engineering education. As a management consultant for Ford Motor Company, he was heavily involved in the development of the C3P education and training program, heading up a participating coalition of several Michigan universities and colleges. The focus of his research and teaching in heat transfer has been on alternative energy sources, machines, and energy conservation. To facilitate technology transfer and economic development, he has developed a practical course in entrepreneurship and effective problem solving needed for business startup, teaching classes and workshops all over the U.S. and overseas. He also taught one year as distinguished visiting professor at the US Air Force Academy and spent a half-year sabbatical in the University of Nottingham Business School. Now retired, he continues to lecture and write on creative problem solving and communication, based on the HBDI (Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument). In July 2016, he was the keynote speaker at the TRIZFest conference in Beijing, China.

Areas of Expertise

  • Engineering Education
  • High-Tech Training
  • Noise and Vibrations
  • Heat Transfer
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Problem Solving and Communications

Recent Publications

  • Edward Lumsdaine and Monika Lumsdaine, 1995, Creative Problem Solving: Thinking Skills for a Changing World, McGraw-Hill International Editions, General Engineering Series, 492 pages.
  • Edward Lumsdaine, Monika Lumsdaine and J.William Shelnutt, 1999, Creative Problem Solving in Engineering Design, McGraw-Hill Custom Publishing, 460 pages.
  • Edward Lumsdaine and Martin Binks, 2009, Entrepreneurship from Creativity to Innovation, Trafford Publishing, 206 pages (softcover); also available as e-book.
  • Monika Lumsdaine and Edward Lumsdaine, 1995, “Thinking Preferences of Engineering Students: Implications for Curriculum Restructuring,” Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 84, No. 2, pp. 193-204 (see website below for pdf of this paper).
  • See www.InnovationToday.biz for other publications (biography and recent research papers). Read More