Ticketed event: $50.00 advanced registration and $60.00 on site registration
Many people think innovation, idea generation, and the creative process come naturally. The truth is these processes can be learned and enhanced with practice. Inventors like Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs were exemplary innovators who used a problem-solving process called “design thinking” to revolutionize entire industries and establish an enviable competitive advantage for their companies. Design Thinking refers to design-specific cognitive activities that designers apply during the process of designing. It is a methodology that is fast becoming a mainstay in business strategy all around the world. Centered around creativity, empathy, and putting the user's needs at the heart of the problem, Design Thinking is seen as an important tool for driving innovation and sustained business growth. As the "business of innovation" becomes increasingly important to strategic decision makers in all sectors and industries, it is necessary for design thinking to become ingrained in the engineer’s mindset. Therefore, the design thinking culture should be integrated across the engineering curriculum beyond the capstone design experience. This half-day workshop is designed for STEM deans & professors who wish to learn about design thinking and how to integrate it in the curriculum. It is meant to give participants a full cycle through the design-thinking process in as short time as possible.
Mrs. Lueny Morell P.E.
Founder & Director of InnovaHiEd, a world-class team of experts with extensive academic and industry experience offering services to help higher education leaders in transforming their institutions to better respond to their stakeholders’ needs and the socioeconomic development challenges they face. With a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and Stanford University, Lueny is co-founder of NEU, a novel platform to teach engineering in Silicon Valley, California. From 2002 to 2012 she was part of the HP Labs Strategy, Open Innovation and University Relations teams and a full professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez for 24 years, where she had various academic and administrative positions, including Director of R&D. She is an IEEE Senior Member, an ASEE Fellow and ABET Program Evaluator and has received various awards for her work, including the prestigious US National Academy of Engineering Gordon Prize for innovations in engineering education in 2006. Recognized as one of the Engineering Education Pioneers in the US in 2014, Lueny is passionate about engineering education and innovation as fundamental pillars for economic and social well-being. She is co-founder of IFEES (Past President), GEDC and SPEED. Lueny maintains a blog on topics associated with innovation and engineering education (www.luenymorell.com; www.innovahied.com).