I am interested in the human act of 'design,' defined broadly as any activity concerned with how things ought to be and with the creation of artifacts used to attain that vision. I approach 'design' from a background in Architecture, but have learned over many years to appreciate a broader problem space. I am particularly interested in the earliest phases of design thinking- the conceptual design space. Critical to that is an exploration of sketching as a means to rapid design ideation.
ATLS 1100 - Design Foundations
Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
Introduces foundational principles, practices and methods of design. Emphasizes design as an expressive and creative problem solving tool. This course engages with design from a broad perspective including visual, computational, physical and auditory design practices. Through lectures, discussions and creative projects, students will gain a familiarity with the diverse applications of creative technology through design.
ATLS 4000 - Research Methods and Professional Practice
Research Methods and Professional Practice lays the foundation for students to produce culminating work in their major. In this course, students will engage in domain exploration, learn to define a research problem, utilize tools and methods for professional design research, refine presentation skills, and engage in iterative and collaborative work. This course is focused on domain research, idea validation, and prototyping in order to prepare students for a culminating semester-long Capstone project based on this research. Formerly offered as a special topics course.
ATLS 4010 - Capstone Projects I
The focus of this advanced practicum course is the development of an individual thesis project. Specific class sessions will feature a combination of lectures, demonstrations, guest speakers, lab sessions, and critiques. This course also entails group work, portfolio development, critical theoretical readings, and a significant written component.
COEN 3930 - Engineering Internship/Co-op
Students enrolled in this course participate in a pre-approved internship or cooperative education program with an employer that allows them to explore the relationship between theory and practice and demonstrate evidence of significant learning (e.g., academic assignments and employer/sponsor evaluations). Pass/Fail only. Up to 3 credits may apply towards BS degree program's Free Electives (even if student has multiple enrollments in this course and/or COEN 4950). Students should contact the CEAS Extracurricular Programs Manager for more information. Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA is required.