Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Problem Framing as a Path to Innovation "

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2016 - DURI
Research area(s):
human-computer interaction, engineering education, design education, industrial design, user-centered design
Project Description:
Innovative solutions in engineering and design contexts require new ways of thinking. In this project, you will be analyzing data from a design workshop, working with a larger team to understand how the way a problem is framed or understood by a designer can affect the kinds of concepts they generate.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will work with the supervising professor, and potentially a larger group of researchers at multiple institutions. They will primarily work on qualitative coding of existing data, resulting in potential conference and journal publications if the intern is interested. Strong writing and literature search skills are helpful, but the supervising professor is looking forward to teaching a motivated intern the necessary research skills.
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Desired Qualifications:
Human subjects training ideal; interest in qualitative research and/or familiarity with sketching preferred, although no existing skills are required.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Gray, Colin
Computer Graphics Technology

Student Supervisor

Colin Gray
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Marisa Exter
Department of Curriculum and Instruction