Speaker: Rohan Prabhu, Lafayette College
Topic: "Can’t I just CAD my solution? Exploring the role of design representations in design for additive manufacturing tasks"
Design representations (e.g., sketches and CAD models) help designers translate their design decisions and solutions into physical or virtual forms. The emergence of new design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) tools such as generative design has necessitated designers and researchers to rethink the role of design representations in the engineering design process. In this talk, I will present some preliminary findings from our study of design representation strategies used by designers in DfAM tasks. I will also present results from our study of the measurement of cognitive load when using different design representations in DfAM tasks.
Dr. Rohan Prabhu is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lafayette College. His teaching and research interests are at the intersection of design research, design education, and psychology. He directs the Knowledge and Individual Differences in Design Lab (sites.lafayette.edu/kidd-lab) which explores the interacting effects between designers’ individual differences and their domain knowledge use on design performance. The lab has ongoing projects in the areas of design for additive manufacturing, sustainable design, social identity, and food justice. Before joining Lafayette, Dr. Prabhu earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State with a doctoral minor in Psychology. He also holds a master’s degree in Engineering Design from Penn State and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal.
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