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Design is an act of creating products and systems to fulfill specific needs under physical and social constraints. In the global marketplace, where products are imported from the countries with the lowest production cost, design innovation is a key to helping industrialized nations stay competitive. 

We research tools, methods and processes to create and optimize innovative products and systems: 

  • Micro/nano structures and devices
  • Surgical and medical devices
  • Smart materials and structures
  • Mechatronic devices and systems
  • Mass-produced assemblies
  • Automotive and aerospace products
  • Manufacturing enterprise
  • Global supply chains
  • Product lifecycle
  • Technology-policy systems


  • Micro and nano precision systems
  • Smart structures and materials
  • Nanoscale systems
  • Compliant mechanisms
  • Multidisciplinary design optimization
  • Assembly, disassembly and supply chains
  • Medical device design
  • Global health design
  • Sustainable design of products, processes, and policies