from those to which they are accustomed. The conversations are somewhat alien. Treading in this unfamiliar territory is a challenge. And so, although it is important for the engineer to “fit” into this environment, it is equally important for the triers of fact and the court to understand the engineer’s world. We hope this chapter has provided a glimpse into that world, and by considering it, the reader will have some insight as to why engineers respond to questions as they do. The foundation that underlies and supports essentially all that has been done and all that will be done by engineers is the design process. It is the roadmap for innovation, invention, and reduction to practice that characterizes those who do engineering and who call themselves “engineers.” It is the key metric against which products and processes can be and should be evaluated.
The authors would like to thank the following for their significant contributions: Dr. Roger McCarthy, Robert Lange, Dr. Catherine Corrigan, Dr. John Osteraas, Michael Kuzel, Dr. Shukri Souri, Dr. Stephen Werner, Dr. Robert Caligiuri, Jeffrey Croteau, Kerri Atencio, and Jess Dance.