Jonathan Cagan-Integrated Innovation Institute - Carnegie Mellon University

Jonathan Cagan

Co-Founder & Co-Director, Integrated Innovation Institute

George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Professor in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

Office: SH 419
Phone: 412-268-3713


Jonathan Cagan, Ph.D., P.E., is the George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Professor in Engineering, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, with appointments in the School of Design and Computer Science.  He is an expert in product development and design methods for early stage product development. His research focuses on design theory and methods, product development and strategy, cognition in engineering design, and computational design tools.  Both his design methods and computer-based design research have been applied in a variety of industries.  He is the co-author of three books: Creating Breakthrough Products  – the second edition released in 2012, Built to Love, and The Design of Things to Come.  He has consulted with a variety of small and large companies in diverse areas on product development, brand strategy, and strategic planning.  He was co-founder and Chief Technologist of DesignAdvance Systems, Inc., a company focused on developing CAD software for the early synthesis processes.  Prof. Cagan teaches new product development at Carnegie Mellon and in executive training sessions in small and large companies.  He also co-directs the Integrated Innovation Institute and Master of Integrated Innovation for Products and Services at CMU.  Dr. Cagan also serves as the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Engineering College at CMU.
Prof. Cagan has over 200 peer-reviewed publications and 6 issued and 1 pending patents.  He is the recipient of the engineering college’s Outstanding Research Award. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and serves as an associate technical editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and an associate editor of Design Studies. He also serves on the editorial boards of Research in Engineering Design; Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing; and Journal of Engineering Design. Dr. Cagan served on the Advisory Board for The Design Society from 2005-2001.  He also serves as the Chair of the External Advisory Board of Engineering Product Development Pillar at Singapore University of Technology and Design.  Dr. Cagan received his Bachelor of Science in 1983 and Master of Science in 1985 from the University of Rochester, and his Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of California at Berkeley. All of his degrees are in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Cagan is also a registered Professional Engineer.