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Burleson, Grace Ellen

Mortenson Center in Global Engineering and Resilience Faculty Fellow


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research overview

  • The Burleson Global Design Group seeks to advance engineering design methods so that solutions lead to improved social and environmental outcomes. Through experimental and ethnographic human subjects research, our goals focus on developing new engineering design methods across all design stages, including problem framing, decision making, requirements engineering, detailed design, and validation. We study a variety of engineering domains across many contexts locally, nationally, and internationally.


  • design theory and methodology, engineering for sustainable development, Human-centered design, socially-engaged design


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courses taught

  • GEEN 1400 - Engineering Projects
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    First-year students solve real engineering design problems in interdisciplinary teams. Design projects vary by section. Curriculum focuses on iterative design process, teamwork and team dynamics, supporting design with testing and analysis, and technical writing. Completed projects are exhibited at an end-of-semester design expo. Students responsible for contributing towards their design project budget and poster costs, and purchasing safety glasses (approximately $75).


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