in the community
An ongoing study, in collaboration with Professor Kristin Hughes (CMU - Design)
and working with community partners, to discover how design thinking and methodologies
can be used as a creative and inspiring tool for teaching youth new ways of learning.
Our developing model BEAM (Building Environments for Active Minds) has been embraced
by Hill House Association, a local community resource center. The approved proposal
is found in the Supplemental section of this package.
a rehabilitation tool
research and teaching of visualization through design drawing,
students of varied disciplines have contributed new knowledge
by how they engaged with my methods and tools to solve perceptual
complexities. In this process, data have emerged which raised
the question for me whether design and its process of visualization
can offer similar value to persons identified with perceptual
challenges. Professor Marlene Behrman of Carnegie Mellons
department of Psychology, an expert in cognitive perception,
found this idea interesting. As a result of my initiative, were
are currently exploring a new collaboration to study design drawing
as a rehabilitation tool. A pilot test with student volunteers
from my from my fall 2003 Industrial Design Fundamentals course
is currently underway.
my direction to develop visualization tools and methodologies
that bridge the communication gap between disciplines that collaborate
with industrial design, such as engineering, I initiated a collaboration
with Professor Blaine Lilly of the Department of Mechanical Engineering
at The Ohio State University. Our initial goal is to enhance
the visualization skills and strategy of mechanical engineers.
Towards this, I have designed and will deliver (through direct
lecturing and distance learning tools) a drawing module in their
ISE 682 course. This new component titled Visual Thinking represents
about one-third of the course content and will begin September
30, 2003. This collaboration will help to further define opportunity
and refine my knowledge and tools for teaching those connected
with design. The experiences gained will also benefit new courses
planned for the New Product Development masters program at CMU.