Center for Design Research

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CDR's mission is to support engineering design. Field studies of professional product development teams and laboratory studies of advanced graduate student teams lead to innovations in design process management and supporting collaboration technology. New design and prototyping tools are applied to problems in bio-inspired robotics, human-computer interaction and dynamic vehicle systems. Based on observations, insights, behavior models and professional design experience, PhD candidates develop design process instrumentation, metrics, and theoretic frameworks to improve performance. Theory and methods are developed incrementally through iterative interaction analysis. Product-Based-Learning curricula like ME310 Team-Based Product Design Development with Corporate Partners, serve as simulation environments for real-world product innovation. Approximately 30 PhD students are associated with CDR at any given time.

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