Seminar: A Human-Centered Approach to Sustainable Product Design


Human-centered design is a creative approach to problem solving that embraces the human perspective in all steps of the design process. It is crucial to engineering design as it bridges engineering with human beings and aligns technology with human needs. This talk will focus on research that applies human-centered strategies to the design of environmentally sustainable products and systems.

Traditional research in sustainable design strongly emphasizes reducing resource consumption or waste production in a product’s manufacturing process or at its end of life. Often neglected is how users perceive and use the products, which can affect their market adoption or use-phase environmental impact.

My research filled in this gap by investigating the relationship between sustainable designs and their users. I investigated homeowners’ evaluation of residential solar panel designs, and I studied people’s interaction with consumer products that promote environmental awareness.

The findings suggested ways to expand renewable energy system and sustainable product use across the residential sector. This research also provides novel methods that can help designers to create sustainable products effectively. In this talk I will also speak about my interests in promoting human-centered design and innovation in engineering design education.


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The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education and unrivaled research opportunities through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

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