A design engineer was an individual who created the blueprints and schematics for a starship. These engineers were assigned to a team, which belonged to an engineering group.
According to the USS Enterprise-D dedication plaque, Captain Andrew Probert was the design engineer for this starship. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", dedication plaque)
In 2363, design engineers assigned to the Theoretical Propulsion Group were responsible for the creation of warp core schematics for the Galaxy-class starships. One of these engineers, Doctor Leah Brahms, was assigned to team seven as a junior member. In four years, she was a Senior Design Engineer for this group. (TNG: "Booby Trap", "Galaxy's Child")
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