Design Decisions Laboratory develops theories, tools, and analysis to understand, assist, and assess
decision-making in design and product development. The group is interested
in the preferences and economics that drive design tradeoff decisions as
well as the impact of those decisions on public and private stakeholders.
The lab pursues three primary thrust areas:
Develop fundamental knowledge and new methods for multidisciplinary design and
complex systems optimization;
for Market Systems:
Measure and predict consumer choice and firm behavior in the marketplace to
optimize engineering systems for profitability; and
Design & Environmental Policy: Study the effects of economics and
public policy on design decisions and the resulting environmental impact of
A current application focus is
study of plug-in vehicles -- see Vehicle Electrification Group.
Study: Life cycle air emissions and oil displacement benefits of plug-in
Media: The groupís work on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles was featured
in the Washington
News and World Report and a range of other outlets. Inventions from
the mechanical engineering capstone student design exposition were
Channel 2, ABC-WTAE
Channel 4, WPXI
Channel 11, and the Pittsburgh
Awards: Elizabeth Traut was awarded the NSF Graduate Research
J. Michalek was awarded the NSF CAREER Award,
the Carnegie Mellon Ladd Research Award, and the ASME Design
Automation Outstanding Young Investigator Award.
DDWiki: The design
decisions wiki has moved. The new location is <here>. It was created for
researchers, educators, students and practitioners to serve as a central
resource and community portal for sharing information about design and
tools to analyze and support decision-making. Visitors are encouraged to
add and edit content.
Applicants: The Design
Decisions Laboratory is seeking graduate and undergraduate applicants
with strong math and programming skills and experience in design,
optimization, economics, environmental policy, and/or product
development. More information is available in the FAQ page.