Tuesday, October 27, 2015

HCDE Seminar Series: "Does the Globe Get a Say?: Research & Teaching Insights on Designing in Context, " a talk by Cynthia J. Atman

Does the Globe Get a Say?: Research & Teaching Insights on Designing in Context
OCTOBER 28, 2015
4:30—5:20 P.M.
What does design look like? How do designers spend their time scoping out a problem, discovering user needs, developing alternative solutions and communicating about design decisions? How do students understand and apply issues of context when they are solving design problems? How can we take the insights from the answers to these questions to inform design teaching and learning? In this talk, Cynthia Atman will offer some answers to these questions using findings from two decades of research on designing in context.
About Cynthia Atman
Cynthia J. Atman is a professor in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, founding director of the Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT), and the inaugural holder of the Mitchell T. & Lella Blanche Bowie Endowed Chair at the University of Washington. Atman and Dr. Jennifer Turns are co-directors of the Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education (CPREE), a $4.4 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, whose goal is to implement reflection in engineering classrooms. Her research focuses on engineering design learning with a particular emphasis on issues of design context and the use of reflection to support learning. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the ASEE. Dr. Atman holds a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.