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2016 Speaker Series


 
WATCH | September 27th - Nick Tobier | Here / Hear Now! Socially Engaged Design

 

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 

Here / Hear Now! Socially Engaged Design

This is a call to action We need the art and design worlds to stop talking big and start doing; to put the problem-solving skills on which we pride ourselves to work on issues both local and global ; to design for health, imagination, resilience, poverty, education, and building creative confidence. We will look at projects that reflect design in inherently interdependent social spheres to provoke questions, inspire action and reflection.

We need to challenge the design world to turn our focus away from the "product" and deliver results and impact rather than form and function; to reconsider who our work really affects; to leapfrog our consumer and luxury aesthetics in order to enlist a new generation of design activists who can listen to others and whose practices reflect core social values of empathy, reciprocity and friendship. We need big hearts, imaginative business sense, and we need courage to strive towards non-normative work that can inspire, challenge and respond with vision, sensitivity and surprise.


Guest Speaker


 Nick Tobier

Nick Tobier
Professor
STAMPS School of Art & Design
University of Michigan

Edward R. Ginsberg Senior Counsel
to the Provost on Faculty Civic Engagement


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SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

11:30-1:00pm  |  SEMINAR

 

Nick studied sculpture and landscape architecture, worked at Storefront for Art & Architecture in NYC for 5 years on projects and later as a designer first with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation/ Bronx Division, and LandWorks Studio, Boston.

Nicks focus as an artist and designer is with the social lives of public places, both in built structures and events. He has designed and/or activated bus stops, farms, kitchens, boulevards, and have worked within and without municipal structures in Detroit, Tokyo, Toronto, San Francisco.

Current and recent projects include Marvelous Guests (initiated with Juliane Stiegele), a series of site-specific urban interventions, and the Brightmoor Maker Space, a hands on workshop for designing, building and sharing ideas, skills, projects and friendship in Detroit.

Nick is a Professor at the Stamps School of Art and Design and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Senior Counsel to the Provost on Faculty Civic Engagement.

WATCH | October 21st - Anna-Maria McGowan | Drivers for Interdisciplinary Research: Designing Exceptional Systems

 

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OCTOBER 21, 2016 

Drivers for Interdisciplinary Research: Designing Exceptional Systems

Working across disciplines in engineering yields great systems. Yet, given the tremendous and collateral impact of engineering on many aspects of society, designing exceptional systems requires reaching beyond the great breadth of engineering disciplines to address the broader contexts in which these systems operate. In design, the considerations beyond engineering are extensive, such as: health and safety, family, education, community, culture, economics, policy, environment, and law. To address these considerations rigorously, engineering design requires bridging the gap between the natural and social sciences and synthesizing the knowledge and practices of both.

A theoretically-rigorous interdisciplinary design approach enables the co-construction of new knowledge unobtainable from a single perspective, and creates a platform wherein the collective wisdom of diverse disciplines can mitigate unintended consequences arising from unknown or unanticipated interactions. While single disciplinary research is inherently crucial for advancement in all fields of research, interdisciplinary approaches that lie between and beyond disciplines offer solutions that are innovative and often transformative for our society.


Guest Speaker


 Anna-Maria McGowan

Anna-Maria McGowan, Ph.D.
Technical Fellow for Complex Systems Design
NASA
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OCTOBER 21, 2016

12:00-1:30pm  |  SEMINAR

 
WATCH | November 15th- Sam Armstrong | New Newell - Our journey to transform product development

 

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NOVEMBER 15, 2016

New Newell – Our journey to transform product development.

The one thing that is constant is change.  Newell Brands is going through tremendous change.  With the customer at the center of everything we do, Newell is investing heavily in product Design and Innovation.  Sam Armstrong, Studio Engineering Manager at the Kalamazoo Design Center, will take you on the journey of how the company is transforming, how we approach product development, and the importance of team partnerships, process, prototyping and understanding your customers. 


Guest Speaker


 Sam Armstrong

Sam Armstrong
Studio Engineering Manager
Newell Brands


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NOVEMBER 15, 2016

5:30-6:00pm  |  RECEPTION
6:00-7:00pm  |  SEMINAR

 

Sam Armstrong is the Studio Engineering Manager for Newell Brands at their state of the art Design Center in Kalamazoo Michigan. The Studio Engineering team supports the Industrial Designers in the early stages of the product development process. Newell Brands include such household names as: Sharpie, Elmers Glue, Mr. Coffee, Coleman, Rubbermaid, IRWIN Tools, Marmot and Contigo water bottles. Prior to joining Newell Brands in 2013 Sam managed Engineering and Design teams at Cornelius drink dispensers, Pregis packaging equipment, Bosch power tools and Case New Holland tractors. Born in England, Sam studied Engineering at Durham University and moved to the United States in 1999.

WATCH | November 29th- Warren Seering | What should students take from classes in design?

 

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NOVEMBER 29, 2016 

What should students take from classes in design?

Expectations for design education within the university differ from department to department and are continually evolving. Some design classes emphasize design knowledge; others emphasize design skills. In engineering departments, courses in design are regularly expected to deliver to students many of the learning outcomes required for departmental accreditation. In this seminar we will look briefly at these evolving expectations. Then we will outline what students with undergraduate degrees say, when asked later in life, about what types of university experiences have had significant influence on their lives. Finally we will consider how design classes and the associated curricula might be changed to better serve the students who take them.


Guest Speaker


 Warren Seering

Warren Seering
Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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NOVEMBER 29, 2016

5:30-6:00pm  |  RECEPTION
6:00-7:00pm  |  SEMINAR


Professor Seering earned his B.S. and S.M. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Missouri. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1978 and was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that same year. His work at MIT has focused on product design and development, dynamic systems, and robotics. He has taught courses in design, product development, applied mechanics, system dynamics, instrumentation, and computer software. His current research addresses methods for evaluating and improving corporate product development capabilities. Professor Seering holds the Weber/Shaughness Chair in the MIT School of Engineering. He is a recipient of the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a registered professional engineer in the state of Massachusetts. He is the Engineering Co-Director of MITs masters degree program in engineering and management, the System Design and Management Program. From 2007 to 2013 he was Head of the Advisory Board of the Design Society. He currently serves on the editorial boards of The International Journal of Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing; The Journal of Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing; Research in Engineering Design, and Design Studies.

2015 Speaker Series


 
Nov 30, 2015 - Tahira Reid | User Needs from the Inside and Out: Cultural, Social, and Psychophysiological Considerations in Engineering Design

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

User Needs from the Inside and Out: Cultural, Social, and Psychophysiological Considerations in Engineering Design

Understanding user needs, and defining the problem to be solved are critical to the design process. However, what is really meant by a user need and what aspect of the end-user should one consider? This talk will cover recent projects in the Research in Engineering and Interdisciplinary Design (REID) Lab that investigate user needs on multiple levels. Particular emphasis will be given to research on Compassionate Design, where salient features from studies on designers will be discussed. Though engineers are well trained with addressing the functional aspects of products, accounting for subjective measures like dignity of the end-user is difficult, yet important for the design of products and systems. The ultimate goal of this research is to enhance the critical thinking of design engineers in various design contexts.


Guest Speaker


 TahiraReid

Tahira Reid
Associate Professor
School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University


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Michigan League
Kalamazoo Room
2nd Floor


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NOVEMBER 30,2015

5:30-6:00pm  |  RECEPTION
6:00-7:00pm  |  SEMINAR

 

Tahira Reid is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and is the director of the Research in Engineering and Interdisciplinary Design (REID) Laboratory. Her research interests include developing methods that help engineers think critically about non-technical issues and their impact on engineered design solutions. Prior to arriving at Purdue in 2012, she completed a postdoctoral position in the Mechanical Engineering department at Iowa State working in the Interdisciplinary Research in Sustainable (IRIS) Design Laboratory under the mentorship of Erin MacDonald. In 2010, she received her PhD from the University of Michigan in Design Science, with Mechanical Engineering and Psychology as her focus areas. Dr. Reid received both her BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2000 and 2004, respectively. Her research and early accomplishments have been featured on NBCs Today Show, National Public Radio (NPR), the Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, and many other media outlets.

Oct 5, 2015 - Levent Burak Kara | Visual Thinking & Ideation Through 3D Design Abstraction

OCTOBER 5, 2015

Visual Thinking & Ideation Through 3D Design Abstraction

Todays design environments are equipped with powerful computational technology more than ever before. However, as design software becomes increasingly more sophisticated, it also becomes more difficult to master, requiring an increased demand for human specialization and expertise. In the Visual Design and Engineering Lab at Carnegie Mellon, we are developing human-centric 3D modeling techniques to assist shape creation in the early stages of the design process. Our fundamental strategy is to enable a level of design abstraction to appropriately support visual thinking and computational ideation activities.

In this talk, I will highlight our research in this area with an emphasis on natural user interfaces for shape creation and manipulation. In the first half of  the talk, I will present a new modeling software for rapidly designing and detailing 3D shapes. In the second half, I will describe a data-driven shape analysis and synthesis technique that can geometrically abstract existing shapes, and use the results to decipher tacit design rules underlying man-made shapes. Based on this technique, I will demonstrate our recent work in co-constrained shape manipulation and brand-identity recognition. Finally, I will describe our present work in semantically driven CAD technology, where shape manipulation is controlled solely by perceptual attributes rather than conventional geometric handles.


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 KARA01

Levent Burak Kara
Associate Professor
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University


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Lurie Engineering Center
Johnson Rooms
3rd Floor


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OCTOBER 5,2015

5:30-6:00pm  |  RECEPTION
6:00-7:00pm  |  SEMINAR

 
Nov 9, 2015 - Robb Olsen | 92 Years of Human Centered Design and Innovation at Procter & Gamble

NOVEMBER 9, 2015

92 Years of Human Centered Design and Innovation at Procter & Gamble

A personal perspective from a practitioner who has witnessed 36 % of these years first hand!

In 1923, Procter & Gamble first formalized the Human Centered Design discipline within R&D.  Initially called Product Services, and now Products Research, this role integrates knowledge across consumer, business, and technical domains to create holistic product designs that improve lives, foster loyalty, and drive long term profitable growth.  Arguably as revolutionary at the time of its creation as other P&G innovations of the 1920s such as Brand Management and Market Research, Products Research continues to play the central role in the creation and evolution of P&Gs portfolio of products, with more than a thousand practitioners globally.

While numerous parallels can be drawn between Products Research and the discipline of Industrial Design that emerged on similar timing, Products Research was and still is unique in many ways. For example:

The great majority of Products Researchers are engineers or physical scientists to ensure technical rigor, who then learn their social science and product design skills through mentorship and experience.

PR was initially practiced on low cost, non-durable, chemically based consumer goods vs. devices and this is still the case for many of our brands. The result is that the technical and aesthetic aspects of a winning design can be very different in their physical and sensory nature.

Products Research has focused on building deep consumer understanding capability through a synthesis of principles and techniques from the social and life sciences, innovating hundreds of consumer research methodologies, and all Products Researchers are expected to have robust skills in these research techniques.

Products Research has evolved hugely since its inception, but one thing has remained constant: Delighting the consumer such that her life is improved and she chooses us over all alternatives is the highest measure of achievement.

The rest of the world is moving ahead rapidly on Human Centered Design, something we celebrate as good for the world but a circumstance that presents new challenges as well.  We seek leading-edge, world-class excellence in our human centered design work and capability, hence our natural partnerships with leading-edge design programs in academia.


Guest Speaker


 Robb Olsen

Robb Olsen
Principal Scientist
Procter & Gamble

Industry Innovator in Residence
Segal Design Institute
Northwestern University
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Michigan League
Kalamazoo Room
2nd Floor


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NOVEMBER 9,2015

5:30-6:00pm  |  RECEPTION
6:00-7:00pm  |  SEMINAR