Susan Finger, Professor-Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Susan Finger, Professor

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Address:
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: 123B Porter Hall
Phone: 412-268-8828
Fax: 412-268-7813

Bio

Susan Finger is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is also affiliated with the School of Architecture and the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems as well as with IDeATe, the Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network.  Dr. Finger's research interests focus on understanding how students learn from one another while working on collaborative projects. She has studied how the social ties between teammates affects project outcomes and how the progress of a design can be traced by analyzing the exchange of documents and messages.

Dr. Finger received her BA in Astronomy and MA in Operations Research from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in Electric Power Systems through Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was the first program director for Design Theory and Methodology at the National Science Foundation. She recently returned to Carnegie Mellon from a four-year rotation at the National Science Foundation as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education. She is a founder and former Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Research in Engineering Design and is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Courtesy AppointmentArchMechERobotics    
Research Group: AIS            
Affiliated Center: ICES

Education

PhD 1981 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Areas of Interest

representation languages for design, integration of design and manufacturing concerns, computer-supported cooperative learning

Selected Publications

  • PA Simon, S Finger, D Krackhardt, DP Siewiorek, A Smailagic (2015) "Levels of Social Network Analysis and Small Team Problem-solving in the Classroom" Proceedings of the 2015 ASEE Annual Conference, June, 2015, Paper ID #11873.
  • SV Oberoi, S Finger, E Rosé (2013) “Online implementation of the delta design game for analyzing collaborative team practices” Proceedings  of the International Design and Design Education (DEC), DETC2013-13319,  Portland, OR.
  • DA Romero, CH Amon, S Finger (2012) “Multiresponse Metamodeling in Simulation-Based Design Applications” Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 134 / 091001-1
  • JM Reddy, S Finger, S Konda and E Subrahmanian (1997) “Design as Building and Reuse of Artifact Theory: Understanding and Supporting Growth of Design Knowledge,” The Design Productivity Debate, Springer-Verlag, London, pp 268-289.
  • S Finger and JR Dixon (1989) “A Review of Research in Mechanical Engineering Design, Part I” Research in Engineering Design, Vol 1, No 1, 1989, pp 51-67.
  • S Finger and JR Dixon (1989) “A Review of Research in Mechanical Engineering Design, Part II” Research in Engineering Design, Vol 1, No 2, pp 121-137.

Recent Awards

  • 2014: named Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 2006: awarded the Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems