EFRI-ODISSEI: Synthesizing Complex Structures from Programmable Self-Folding Active Materials, PI, NSF, Project Summary: Create design synthesis, computation, visualization and integration methods and smart materials to enable the design of reconfigurable self folding structures.
EAGER: A Quantitative Theory for Technology Evolution and Innovation, PI, Project Summary: Fundamental research to create a mathematical theory that describes technology performance evolution and, simultaneously, ecological synergies between technologies. The technology ecosystem model of technologies and their interaction is modeled using generalized Lotka-Volterra (L-V) population models.
EAGER: Foundations for Combining Normative and Behavioral Research Methodologies to Study Systems Engineering, PI, NSF.
Collaborative Research: Delegated Decision Making in Value-Driven Systems Engineering, PI NSF.
Learning to Innovate Through Bioinspired Design, PI, Project Summary: Creating and implementing, and measuring the effectiveness of methods to teach emerging methods in bioinsipred design to undergraduate engineering students.
Collaborative Research: KINdReD: Knowledge and Methods for Inclusive Product Design, PI, NSF, Project Summary: Create modular product family methods for the design of product for individuals with a disability.
GRDS: Collaborative Research: A Biomimetic Concept Generator for Engineering Design, PI, NSF , Project Summary: Application of developing biomimetic concept generation techniques to the problem of Geoengineering.
Workshop/Collaborative Research: Charting a Course for Computer-Aided Bio-inspired Design Research, PI, NSF, Project Summary: Think tank style convening of leading researchers in bio-inspired design to clarify the current state of the art and identify future research directions.
Learning to Innovate Through Bioinspired Design, Co-PI, NSF, Project Summary: Creating and implementing, and measuring the effectiveness of methods to teach emerging methods in bioinspired design to undergraduate engineering students.
Creating and Teaching a Methodology for Global Multidisciplinary Distributed Design: dDesign, PI, Ford Motor Company, Project Summary: evaluate the impact of globally distributed design teams on concept generation and other early stage engineering design activities.
SGER: VisualizeIT – Measuring the Impact of IT-Enabled Concept Generation on Designer Creativity, PI, NSF, Project Summary: Explore the impact of different visual representations schemes used in computational concept generation on final human generated concepts.
Collaborative Research: A Biomimetic Concept Generator for Engineering Design, PI, NSF, Project Summary: Create a thesaurus between the lexicon of engineering function and biological function to allow computational searchers of Nature’s solutions to function.
Collaborative Research: VOICED – A Virtual Organization for Innovative Conceptual Engineering Design, PI, NSF, Project Summary: Create and Engineering Virtual Organization that supports conceptual design and the exchange of educational materials for design education.
Function Based System Modeling for Model Reuse and Failure Avoidance, Co-PI, NASA, Project Summary: Create a decompositional modeling methodology and model template to allow complex systems models to be easily created and reused.
Creating the Foundations of Function Based Biomimetic Concept Generation, PI, NSF, Project Summary: Create a function-based repository of innovative solution principles found in nature that can be automatically accessed by engineering designers using language common to engineering.
Architecting Design Repositories: Product Modeling, Exchange and Reuse, PI, General Motors, Project Summary: Create representations, computational methods, and software tools that allow the reuse of both design solutions and design knowledge such as mathematical models and failure information.
Creating a Computational Theory for Conceptual Design, Co-PI, NSF, Project Summary: The creation of several mathematical and algorithmic methods to automatically generate product concepts from a design repository. Input to the program is the functional requirements of the product; output is a collection of components that can solve the required functionality.
Variational Models for the Simulation of Fault Detection Signals with Experimental Validation, PI, , NASA, Project Summary: Develop computational methods to simulate the behavior of damaged structures with realistic geometric variations to improve fault detection in aerospace applications. Also included the creation of computational method to help an engineer reduce the possibility of failure during the early stages of design.
Failure-Free Design for High-Risk Product Domains, Co-I, Project Summary: Create a correlation methodology that relates failure to function such that failure can be identified early in design.
Functional Model Representation for Vehicle Bill of Materials Definition, PI, General Motors, Project Summary: Create systems modeling methods to allow the rapid evaluation and reuse of existing sub-system and component solutions in new systems. Also created were methods to improve and reuse models in GM’s six sigma group.
Predicting and Simulating Monitored Failure Signals: Computation and Experimentation, PI, NASA, Project Summary: Developed the initial method for combining crack models and geometric variation in Monte-Carlo simulations.
Computational Tool Development and Design Methodology for the Analysis of High-Speed Engines, Co-PI, University Technology Corporation, Project Summary: Simulation of high-speed engines including the use of DOE methods to reduce the computational needs for simulation.
Electrode Counter Design for Thermal Batteries, Co-PI, Eagle-Picher Technologies, Project Summary: Design of a process and system for correctly stacking thin metallic discs for battery construction.
Design of Refractive Devices for Directing Laser Beams, Co-PI, Metastable Instruments, Project Summary: Design of small optical devices to direct laser beams for various applications.
A Theory for Engineering Design Model Construction, PI, The University of Missouri Research Board, Project Summary: Application of decision theory to the problem of model selection in engineering design.
GAANN Doctoral Research and Training in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping, Co-PI, Department of Education, August 2001 – May 2004.