Prototyping is one of the most important elements of the design process. This workshop is based on empirical data from prototyping best practices in industry, in the fields medical devices, consumer electronics, footwear, and aerospace hardware. In this workshop, we will share a review of prototyping research, a new prototyping mindset and definition, a list of prototype attributes, and several activities to help students engage in better prototyping practices. Participants will engage in a prototyping warm-up activity using Mockups (designed by the Delta Lab at Northwestern University), actively participate in an interactive prototyping lecture, and then apply the skills learned to a design challenge. All of the materials will be provided to workshop participants, including a deck of the Mockup cards and a USB drive with the workshop presentation and all handouts. These materials can then be used by the attending engineering educators to teach lectures within design courses or as workshops at their universities. We have used these materials to engage students from classrooms of 30 to 250. We will discuss the best ways to implement these lessons into design courses.
Miss Carlye Lauff
Carlye Lauff is a design researcher and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is obtaining her PhD in Design Theory and Methodology within the Department of Mechanical Engineering (anticipated May '18). Her research studies the role and impact of prototyping on design teams in academia and industry. She was a visiting NSF Global Research Fellow in the Centre for Design Innovation at Swinburne University during 2017. She received her MS degree in Product Design Engineering at CU Boulder, and her BS degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Daria A Kotys-Schwartz
Daria Kotys-Schwartz is one of the co-founders and the Director of the Idea Forge—a flexible, cross-disciplinary design space at the University of Colorado Boulder. She also serves as the Design Center Colorado Director of Undergraduate Programs and a Senior Instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She received B.S. and M.S degrees in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Kotys-Schwartz has focused her research in engineering student learning, retention, and student identity development within the context of engineering design. She is currently investigating students’ transition from capstone design courses into the engineering workplace, performing comparative studies between engineering education and professional design practices, and exploring informal learning in engineering education.
Ms. Jessica Dolores Menold
Jessica Menold is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Design and Professional Programs and the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State University. She studies the effect of prototypes and designer behavior on final design outcomes. Her research has focused on the creation and validation of prototyping methods and frameworks to enhance designer and product outcomes. She was previously a visiting scholar at RWTH Aachen University and received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University. She is the co-founder of two hardware startups, Amparo, a prosthetic device company and CurioSpace, an educational toy company.