Jonathan Cagan is the George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Professor in Engineering, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, with an appointment in the School of Design. He is an expert in product development and design methods for early stage product development.
His research focuses on design methods, theory and practice, including computational synthesis, cognitive-based design and interdisciplinary product development. Cagan serves as the Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs for Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering. He also co-founded and co-directs the Integrated Innovation Institute, a joint partnership between engineering, design, and business, and is the Faculty Director of the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship.
Leah Chong is a first year PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, co-advised by Dr. Jonathan Cagan and Dr. Kenneth Kotovsky. Leah earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in 2017. Her research interests include human-centered design in engineering and design team problem solving.
Dan Clymer is a PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Department, co-advised by Dr. Jonathan Cagan and Dr. Philip LeDuc. Dan graduated from Grove City College in 2014 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and earned his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon Univesity in 2017. His research is currently focused on computational methods to analyze and recognize patterns in imaging data, particularly in complex domains like medical imaging.
Josh Gyory is a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014 and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016 where he worked as a student researcher at Disney Research Pittsburgh (DRP). He is now part of the IDI Group advised by Dr. Jonathan Cagan (Professor of Mechanical Engineering) and Dr. Kenneth Kotovsky (Professor of Psychology). His research interests include cognitive-based engineering design and design team problem solving.
Ayush Raina is a first year PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has completed his Bachelors of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur in 2017. He was a student trainee at the Mercedes Benz Research & Development India. He is now part of the IDI Group advised by Dr. Jonathan Cagan (Professor of Mechanical Engineering) and Dr. Kenneth Kotovsky (Professor of Psychology). His research interests pertain to the field of Design Automation and investigating methodologies of integrating machine learning into engineering design synthesis.
Kosa Goucher-Lambert is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, advised by Dr. Jonathan Cagan and Dr. Kenneth Kotovsky (CMU Psychology). Kosa received his B.A. in Physics from Occidental College in 2011, and his M.S. and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Kosa is the recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and 2014 ASME IDETC Design Theory and Methodology Best Paper Award, and 2015 and 2017 International Conference on Engineering Design Reviewers Favorite Award. Currently, he is investigating analogical reasoning and creativity within design teams using behavioral and computational approaches.
- Manish Agarwal, Supporting Automated Design Generation: Function Based Shape Grammars and Insightful Optimization (9/99) - now Senior Vice President at AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co
- Chandankumar Aladahalli, Improved Pattern Search Algorithm Using an Objective Function Effect Based Move Schedule for 3D Component Layout (co-advised with K. Shimada) (12/04) – now Lead Engineer at GE India
- Matthew Campbell, A-Design: An Agent-Based Conceptual Design Methodology (co-advised with K. Kotovsky) (7/00) – now Professor at Oregon State University
- Bryony DuPont, Exploring the Application of an Advanced Extended Pattern Search Algorithm within a Multi-Agent System to Wind Farm Optimization (5/13) – now Assistant Professor at Oregon State University
- Paul Egan, Emergent Computational and Cognitive Model of Multi-Scale BioMechanics Design (co-advised with P. LeDuc) (5/14) – now Postdoc at ETH Zurich
- Katherine Fu, Discovering and Exploring Structure in Design Databases and Its Role in Stimulating Design (co-advised with K. Kotovsky) (5/12) – now Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech
- Lindsay Hanna Landry, Combinatory Adaptive Optimization with Multi-Agent Systems (12/09) – now engineer at United Technologies
- Chris McComb, Designing the Characteristics of Design Teams via Cognitively Inspired Computational Modeling (co-advised with K. Kotovsky) (8/16) - now Assistant Professor at Pennsylvania State University
- Jay McCormick, Implementing Parametric Shape Grammars to Capture and Explore Product Languages (5/03) – now Associate Professor at Rose-Hullman
- Jarrod Moss, The Role of Open Goals in Noticing Relevant Information in Problem Solving (Psychology student, co-advised with K. Kotovsky) (5/06) – now Associate Professor at Mississippi State University
- Jesse Olson, The Collective Potential: Achieving Organizational Potential by Design (co-advised with K. Kotovsky) (6/06) – now engineer at Northrop Grumman
- Seth Orsborn, Quantifying Aesthetic Preference Through Statistics Applied to an Agent-based Shape Grammar Implementation (11/07) – now Senior Portfolio Planning Strategist - Advanced Product Strategy, Toyota North America
- Linda Schmidt, An Implementation Using Grammars of an Abstraction-Based Model of Mechanical Design for Design Optimization and Design Space Characterization (5/95) – now Professor at University of Maryland at College Park
- Kristina Shea, Essays of Discrete Structures: Purposeful Design of Grammatical Structures by Directed Stochastic Search (8/97) – now Professor at ETH Zurich.
- Brian Sylcott, Understanding the Role of Aesthetic Judgment in Consumer Choice and Preference Modeling (5/13) – now Assistant Professor at East Carolina University
- Simon Szykman, Optimal Product Layout Using Simulated Annealing (5/95) – now Chief Technology Officer, Federal Services at Attain
- Ian Tseng, The Unification of Stylistic Form & Function (co-advised with K. Kotovsky) (5/11) – now Engineer at Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- Hubert Vasseur, Manufacturing Quality and Process Capability: a Cost-Based Analysis (co-advised with T.R. Kurfess) (8/94) – now Engineer at Renault
- Mark Whiting, Anomaly classification through automated grammar representation (co-advised with P. Leduc) (7/17) - now PostDoc at Stanford University
- Matthew Wood, Problem Representation and Team Mental Model Development in Individual and Team Problem Solving Performance (Psychology student, co-advised with K. Kotovsky) (5/13) – now Research Scientist at US Army Corps of Engineers)
- Xiangyang Xin, Product Innovation in A Cultural Context - A Method Applied To Chinese Product Development (Design student co-advised w/ C. Vogel) (8/06) – now Professor and Dean at Jiangnan University, China
- Su Yin, A Pattern Search-Based Algorithm for Automated Product Layout (5/00) – now Principal Engineer at Parker Aerospace
- Ashwini Asokan, Design Languages for Cultural Context
- Hillary Carey, A Corporate Decision Model of the Product Design Process
- Steven (Pinzhi) Chen, fMRI Studies and Data Mapping of Form-Function Reasoning
- Drew Degentesh, Effective Computational Structural Design and Analysis
- Saurabh Deshpande, Agent-Based Optimal Process Planning
- Quan Ding, Optimal Packing of Automobile Trunks
- Ashish Kolli, Layout of Non-linear Shapes
- Gyuho Kwak, A User-Interactive Optimizing Routing Algorithm
- Rosa Lopez, Quality Estimation Through Neural Networks
- Luis Oms, Investigation of Hip Fractures in the Elderly and Hip Pad Solution
- Shashvat Prakash, Hierarchical Method for Approximating MEMS Analysis
- Giridhar Reddy, Topological Generation of Truss Structures
- Julie Reyer, Computer Aided Systems Simulation
- Jamie Rugnetta, Innovative Design of Walkers for Elders
- Erika Wetzel, Understanding Chaos in the Design Process
- Andrew Whittam, Formal Criteria for Robust Optimality