MPD Co-Director & Professor, Mechanical Engineering
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 author of three books: Built to Love (co-authored with Peter Boatwright), Creating Breakthrough Products (co-authored with Craig Vogel), and The Design of Things to Come (co-authored with Craig Vogel and Peter Boatwright). 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 Master of Product Development program at Carnegie Mellon and co-directs the Center for Product Strategy and Innovation.
Professor Cagan has over 150 publications and 5 patents. He is the recipient of the engineering college 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. He serves on the Advisory Board for The Design Society. He also serves on the editorial boards of Research in Engineering Design; Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing; Design Studies, and Journal of Engineering 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.