Various Perspectives on the Concept of Failure and its Implication in Engineering Education

실패에 관한 다양한 관점과 공학교육에서의 함의

  • Han, Kyonghee (Engineering Education Innovation Center, Yonsei University) ;
  • Yun, Ilgu (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Yonsei University) ;
  • Lee, Kangtaek (Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Yonsei University) ;
  • Kim, Taeyeon (Department of Architectural Engineering, Yonsei University)
  • 한경희 (연세대학교 공학교육혁신센터) ;
  • 윤일구 (연세대학교 전기전자공학과) ;
  • 이강택 (연세대학교 화공생명공학과) ;
  • 김태연 (연세대학교 건축공학과)
  • Received : 2014.08.22
  • Accepted : 2014.11.05
  • Published : 2014.11.27


Failure is an important part of engineering practice. Engineers utilize all of their competences and resources in order for their products or processes to meet the initial intention and purpose, and not to fail. However, the technological products sometimes end up with failure. The failure, in many cases, is related to non-technological factors or systems, not just limited to technological factors. Moreover, the evaluation of failure is performed by a variety of agents, including consumers, civic groups, government as well as professional groups. Thus, this study raises an issue that the existing concept of failure, which focuses on the operation of function, is not sufficient enough to properly cover the success or failure of technology required by the modern society. In the recent trends of engineering, new concepts and methods have been developed by expanding the traditional concept or introducing a new perspective of failure, so that engineering failure can be better understood in the mutual relationship between technology and society. This research attempts to suggest a methodology of how the failure of engineering can be utilized and properly combined in the major education, design education and engineering ethics education. Also, it aims to contribute to the quality improvement of engineering education to train engineers who can lead the society with responsibility as well as professional competence.


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