Cagan Named Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for CIT-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Cagan Named Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for CIT

On July 5, CIT Dean Jim Garrett named Jon Cagan, the George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Professor of Mechanical Engineering, the Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the College of Engineering.

As the Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for CIT, Professor Cagan will serve as CIT’s liaison to the new CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).  In this role, he will seek to bring greater visibility to all aspects of I&E in the college; work with CIE to create programs that will promote increased I&E; help to develop an overall strategy for better integration and coordination of I&E initiatives across all campuses of the college, especially our Silicon Valley campus; communicate any I&E education or funding opportunities; and leverage his work on innovation education and practice in seeking new I&E opportunities for CIT.

Professor Cagan, who started as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at CMU in 1990, also holds courtesy faculty appointments in the School of Design and School of Computer Science.  In 2003, Jon co-founded and currently serves as the Co-Director of the Master of Product Development, a program in integrated innovation offered between CIT, CFA and Tepper.  He co-founded and served as the Chief Technologist for the company DesignAdvance Systems, a spin-off from CMU, from 2002-2009.  

His personal research interests focus on design theory, methods and practice including computational-based design, cognitive-based engineering, and interdisciplinary product development. He has published over 200 research articles and holds several patents in the computational design and product areas.  He has also written 4 books on product development and edited a research book on computational design synthesis.  Professor Cagan is a Fellow of the ASME and has received numerous awards, including 7 Best Paper awards at premier engineering design research conferences, the 2007 CIT Outstanding Research Award, the 2002 CIT Teare Teaching Award, and the 2000 CIT Dowd Teaching Fellowship.  He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in ME from the University or Rochester in 1983 and 1985, respectively, and obtained his Ph.D. degree in ME from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990.

Please join the department in extending congratulations to Professor Cagan!

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