Laboratory Director


Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Director of Collaborative Specialization in Psychology and Engineering

Research Interests

Creativity in conceptual design
Identifying and overcoming obstacles to personal environmentally significant behavior

Past (not currently active): Systematic identification and application of biological analogies in biomimetic (biologically inspired) design; design for remanufacture

Professional Societies Affiliations and Activities

ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
DTM (Design Theory and Methodology) Committee Chair 2009–2011
DTM Conference Chair 2008
DTM Program Chair 2007

CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering Research)

Fellow 2013 –

F.W. Taylor Medal Award 2004

The Design Society
Advisory Board Member 2003–2009


Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering Design for Remanufacture
S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering Computer Aided Design
B.S.M.E. University of Nevada Mechanical Engineering Thermal Fluid Sciences

Employment and visiting/fellowship positions

University of Toronto Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Management
AlliedSignal Aerospace Canada Inc., Etobicoke, Ontario Engineering Design
Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York, U.S.A. Office Imaging Remanufacturing
Naval Ocean Systems Center, San Diego, California, U.S.A. Experimental Fluid Mechanics
Naval Training Systems Center, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A . Human-Computer Interfaces