Free ticketed event
Participants will become familiar with decision-making approaches beyond the typical rational, optimized engineering tools. The workshop will include collaborative discussion and activities to explore how empathy can or should play a role in decision-making during the engineering design process in a capstone course.
The participatory workshop would be appropriate for anyone looking to explore empathy in the design process in general. It is designed for capstone educators, teaching assistants, and staff members interested in learning how to infuse a capstone course(or any engineering design project) with a broader range of decision-making approaches and a focus on empathy.
Annie Abell is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. Annie earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University and earned her MFA from Ohio State University in Design Research & Development with an emphasis on Industrial Design. She teaches capstone design courses for mechanical engineering students, a product design elective course for senior- and graduate-level engineering students of various majors, and an interdisciplinary product development course for undergraduate students participating in Ohio State’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation minor. Previously she taught in Ohio State's Department of Design and Ohio State's First-Year Engineering Program, and also has past experience working in prototyping labs. Her current scholarship endeavors are focused on investigating the ways in which students approach open-ended, ill-structured, or ambiguous problems.
Dan Wisniewski is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. Dan received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University and his MS from Ohio State University in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a focus on Product Design. He teaches capstone design and CAD courses, as well as an Introduction to Design in Mechanical Engineering for sophomore-level students. Prior to teaching he has 11 years experience working at a product design consultancy creating medical, sporting good and consumer products in multiple industries.