Center for Design Research (CDR)
is a community of scholars focused on understanding and augmenting engineering design innovation and design education.
Founded in 1984, CDR is a nexus for PhD students and researchers collaborating in the realm of design thinking, robotics, rehabilitative technologies, engineering design education, STEM education, neurodesign and business innovation.
The broad research objective of the Assistive Robotics and Manipulation Lab, directed by Professor Monroe Kennedy, is to develop robots that improve everyday life by anticipating and acting on the needs of human counterparts. Our primary focus is collaborative robotic assistants (often mobile manipulators and humanoids) with the goal of deployment for service tasks that may be highly dynamic and require dexterity, situational awareness, and human-robot collaboration.
The Designing Education Lab (DEL), led by Professor Emerita Sheri Sheppard, investigates a broad range of engineering education topics, from the persistence of students and alumni in engineering fields to the impact of exposure to entrepreneurship on engineering students' career interests.
“ How do we educate a new kind of engineer? ... ”