Seminar: Socio-Cultural Impacts In Engineering and Design


Unaddressed cultural elements of the target user have negatively influenced adoption and implementation of the design solutions and systems in the global development and humanitarian engineering context. This talk will highlight past, current and future research efforts that follow a theme of understanding socio-cultural dynamic and impacts in engineering and design.

Work done in the past focused on sustainable building materials and technoeconomic analysis of alternative technology and business models. Current work focuses on understanding the cultural considerations in engineering design requirements, engineering design methods, and designer perceptions when developing design requirements.

With this understanding, this work is investigating the use of a formal method that introduces cultural elements when assessing design requirements to see the effects on design outcomes. Future research seeks to further explore socio-cultural impacts of engineering and design by continuing to look how culture can be implemented in design.

Other research avenues include User Experience (UX) research, Human Factors research, and Resilience research with the common theme of social and cultural influences and impacts. The broader objective of these research efforts is to increase the sustainability of engineering and design efforts in less-resourced settings and culturally driven markets. The talk will conclude with sharing teaching interests in engineering and design.


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