Overview

Our projects have spanned several exciting research areas including creativity support tools, design cognition and fixation, and medical product design. To find out more about these projects, click on the relevant picture below.

Concept Selection
Concept Selection
Sponsor: the NSF
Product Dissection
Product Dissection
Sponsor: the NSF
Central Line Catheter Insertion
CVC Trainer
Sponsor: the NIH

Creative Concept Selection

Sponsored by: The National Science Foundation

Concept Selection The goal of this award is to develop a theoretical understanding of the factors that influence the filtering and promotion of creative ideas through the concept selection process by exploring the impact of the decision maker and the concept selection tools utilized. Three research tasks contribute to achieving this objective. First, an understanding of the fundamental relationship between risk aversion and innovation is being developed through experimental investigations with engineering design students and industry professionals. Second, novel methods for assessing concept creativity are being developed and tested for their impact on the promotion of filtering of creative ideas during the concept selection process. Third, substantive and empirical studies are being conducted to validate the utility of concept selection methods for maximizing the potential for innovation through engineering design courses.

Relevant Publications

2015
How Engineering Teams Select Design Concepts: A View Through the Lens of Creativity
Christine Toh* and Scarlett Miller
Design Studies,38 (2015): 111-138.
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Which One Should I Pick? Concept Selection in Engineering Industry
Christine Toh*, Lisa Miele* and Scarlett Miller
ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference 27th Annual Conference, August 2-5 2015, Boston, MA
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Implementing Creativity Evaluation Tools into the Concept Selection Process
Elizabeth Starkey*, Chris Gosnell* and Scarlett Miller
ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference 27th Annual Conference, August 2-5 2015, Boston, MA
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2014
A novel method for assessing design concept creativity using single-word adjectives and semantic similarity.
Chris Gosnell* and Scarlett Miller
ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference 26th Annual Conference on Design Theory and Methodology, August 17-20 2014, Buffalo, NY, MA
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The role of individual risk attitudes on the selection of creative concepts in engineering design
Christine Toh* and Scarlett Miller
ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference 26th Annual Conference on Design Theory and Methodology, August 17-20 2014, Buffalo, NY, MA
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Research Materials

TASC: Tool for Assessing Semantic Creativity

Research Assistants:

Christine Toh

Christine Toh
PhD IE

Elizabeth Starskey

Xuan Zheng
PhD IE

Elizabeth Starskey

Elizabeth Starskey
PhD IE

Chris Gosnell

Chris Gosnell
MS IE



Lisa Miele

Lisa Miele
BS IE

Andrew Strohmetz

Andrew Strohmetz
BS IE