Students involved will identify appropriate system design problems, develop designs that solve these problems, plan and conduct experiments in which they observe subjects designing systems, identify the strategies that the designers use, and build and use simulation models to evaluate design strategies. These studies will cover a variety of design domains but will focus on how a designer or design team decomposes the design problem into sub-problems. The students will discover the similarities and differences of design strategies across different design problems in multiple design domains and how the design strategies influence the quality of designs that are generated.

First-Year Spring Semester Course:
FIRE 165 - FIRE SEMESTER 2: Designing Innovations
(3 credits, General Education Distributive Studies, Natural Sciences)
Second-Year Fall Semester Course:
FIRE 265 - FIRE SEMESTER 2: Designing Innovations
(3 credits, General Education Scholarship in Practice)

2017 Designing Innovations Innovation & Research Stream

Faculty Leader
Dr. Jeffrey Herrmann

Research Educator
Dr. Mohammad Fazelpour