Julia Kramer is a senior in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. She has been working in design research for over a year, studying idea generation tools, design problems for experimental studies, and the ways in which teams work from ideation to prototypes. Her research interests include creativity and innovation in engineering, the intersection between engineering education and design, and the investigation of local users and stakeholders through ethnographic data collection. Julia also has experience as an undergraduate Instructional Aide working as a liaison between communities in Detroit and engineering students at Michigan. She works in two courses: a first-year design course related to urban agriculture and an upper-level cross-disciplinary design course focusing on engaged urban design.
Shanna Daly is an Assistant Research Scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. She has a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University. Her research focuses on idea generation, design strategies, design ethnography, creativity instruction, and engineering practitioners who return to graduate school. She teaches design and entrepreneurship courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her work is often cross-disciplinary, collaborating with colleagues from engineering, education, psychology, and industrial design.
Dr. Yilmaz is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design who teaches design studios and lecture courses on developing creativity and research skills. For her research, she investigates design approaches and ideation, ethnography in design, foundations of innovation, creative processes, and cross-disciplinary design team dynamics. She is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She also serves on review, advisory, and scientific boards of various journals and conferences. Her current research focuses on identifying impacts of different factors on ideation of designers and engineers (funded by NSF), developing instructional materials for 77 cards (funded by NSF), and designing innovation workshops for students without design or engineering background and teaching them design thinking methodologies (funded by Procter and Gamble). She received her PhD degree in Design Science in 2010 from University of Michigan. She is also a faculty in Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program and a research faculty in Center for e-Design.
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan.
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