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ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences

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ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conference and the Computer and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE) will take place August 21–24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. IDETC/CIE is the world's leading research conference in the field of design and related manufacturing.

The 2016 conference is expected to attract over 2,000 attendees and over 1,000 technical presentations. IDETC/CIE will serve as the leading forum for the sharing recent research and also provide a unique opportunity for networking between a diverse audience from academia, government and industry. 

The overall conference will include keynote and plenary lectures, lively panel discussions and workshops and tutorials encompassing a wide array of topics related to engineering design and manufacturing, as well as the use of computers in engineering. The conference includes a wide variety of student activities and competitions, networking opportunities and access to the industry presentations and exhibition.

IDETC/CIE 2016 will be co-located with the ASME Additive Manufacturing + 3D Printing Conference (AM3D) to highlight the “Design behind 3D” enabling practitioners to gain a better insight into using additive skills in product design and development, manufacturing and integration throughout the product life-cycle.


Charlotte Convention Center, 501 South College Street, Charlotte North Carolina,


Cornel Sultan

Assistant Professor Virginia Tech August 2007 – Present (8 years 8 months) Teaching & Research Staff Engineer United Technologies Research Center 2004 – 2007 (3 years) Project Development and Execution, R&D Research Engineer Scientific Systems Company Inc. 2001 – 2004 (3 years)Greater Boston Area Consulting, Project Development and Execution, R&D Research Fellow Harvard Medical School 2001 – 2003 (2 years)Boston, MA Cell Structure Mathematical Modeling Research Engineer Tensegra Inc. 1999 – 2001 (2 years)Greater Boston Area Tensegra was a start-up in bioengineering.


Aug 21   

WORKSHOPS W1: Abstraction Methods and Applications in Design Organizers/Speakers: Julie Linsey, Georgia Tech University; Cameron Turner, Clemson University Time: 3 hour block - morning Location: TBD Description: Abstraction is a significant tool in the engineering design process, and can be accomplished in multiple ways. These individual abstraction approaches offer different abstractions, and support different abstraction applications.

This workshop will focus on several approaches to abstraction, ranging from Functional Modeling, to Bond Graphs, to SysML and offer participants the chance to apply these techniques to sample problems. In addition, this workshop will provide a forum to explore applications of abstraction to the engineering design process and to consider potential research topics related to abstraction in engineering design.

W2: Incremental to Radical Idea Generation: Using Ideation Flexibility Tools to Support Design Success Organizers/Speakers: Shanna Daly, University of Michigan; Kathryn Jablokow, Penn State University Time: half-day Location: TBD Description: Ideation is a crucial skill for all engineers; however, generating a diverse set of ideas can be a struggle. One element of ideation diversity is the extent to which a designer has explored ideas that range from incremental to radical within the relevant design space.

Challenges in generating ideas across this range are partially due to one’s natural cognitive preferences to preserve or modify current paradigms. However, design tools can support engineers in generating ideas across this continuum. This workshop will present and seek feedback from design educators and practitioners on prototypes of three design tools developed from research to support ideation by both student and practicing engineers:

1) the Problem Framing Guide, which provides engineers with a structure for developing problem statements that lead to more incremental and radical ideas;

2) the Incremental to Radical Heuristic Cards, which provide ideation prompts, examples, and directions to incorporate more incremental and more radical changes to their ideas;

3) the Teaming Profile, which guides team ideation and synthesis of ideas based on awareness of one’s own cognitive characteristics and those of one’s team members. We will present research that informed the development of these tools, and the tools will be provided to participants for their use in their own courses or design practices. Additionally, we will invite collaborators to further our research on the impact of the tools on design process and outcomes.

W3: Integrating Entrepreneurial Minded Learning into Machine and Systems Design Courses Organizers/Speakers: Pierre Larochelle, Chiradeep Sen, Florida Institute of Technology Time: Half day - morning Location: TBD Description: This Workshop will utilize an active learning pedagogy to facilitate participant’s learning how to integrate entrepreneurial minded learning into their undergraduate mechanical engineering courses. Entrepreneurial minded learning (EML) is defined and motivating factors for infusing EML into the engineering curriculum are discussed. Case studies of integrating EML into traditional mechanical engineering machine and systems design courses are presented.

Here the focus is on EML is two courses: (1) a 1st year Introduction to Mechanical Engineering course that employs a systems engineering approach to design, and, (2) a 3rd year Mechanism Design Course that utilizes a project based learning pedagogy. Participants are asked to bring with them a course module that they would like to revise and integrate EML into. Participants will leave the Workshop with a revised course module that includes EML content and a personal implementation plan for deploying EML within their courses.

W4: Dimensional Analysis Conceptual Design (DACM) framework: An approach supporting modelling and simulation of systems at early development stage using a network based approach Organizers/Speakers: Eric Coatanea, Tampere University of Technology; Ricardo Roca, Johns Hopkins University; Tuomas Ritola, Aalto University; Hossein Mokhtarian, Tampere University of Technology Time: half-day Location: TBD Description:

The Dimensional Analysis Conceptual Modeling (DACM) framework presents an approach intended for the modelling, simulation and specification of Reusable Modeling Primitives (RMPs) building on Dimensional Analysis (DA), Bond/Causal Graph (BCG), and Design Structure Matrix/Complexity Management (DSM) formal methods. The RMP-based specification paradigm underlying the DACM Framework promotes rigorous technical specificity and interdependencies of model functionalities which is conducive to effective and efficient model cataloging, discovery, validation, reengineering, and reuse.

The DACM framework is an holistic approach supporting the early design phases. The DACM framework logics are captured and enabled in software, providing user-friendly interfaces that support and direct systems engineering conjoint problem-space and solution-space analyses. The DACM framework can also be used as an innovation approach. The workshop is intended to present the basis of the DACM framework and to exemplify the framework using several case studies highlighting the different facets of the approach.

The benefits that the DACM Framework to the M&S community include the following: Specification of simulation models in compact DSM matrix, A sound technical basis for the M&S community to validate model specifications, Generation of RMP‘s that enable effective, efficient, and meaningful cataloging, discovery, validation, composability, specification of conceptual models across abstraction (e.g., aggregation) levels, and reuse, Improved management of the simulation process in general based in RMP configuration management where supplementary simulations or experiments are needed to complete the knowledge about the system,

Effective framework for the management of intellectual property ownership claims and data rights license provisions, Expeditious production of high-level conceptual models instrumental for analysis of alternatives, Early identification of conflicts in system design solution.

W5: Workshop on Design Prototyping Methods: Exploration of Tradeoffs and State-of-the-Art Organizers/Speakers: Bradley Camburn, Blake Perez, Kristin Wood, SUTD-MIT International Design Centre Time: half-day Location: TBD Description: As design cycles become more and more compressed, it is more evident that prototyping is necessary, but at a deeper level how do we choose the methods to implement? This workshop attempts to address this issue and provide a platform for discussion from both industry and academic participants.

Research in prototyping seeks to improve the final outcome of design projects. Techniques such as subsystem isolation and testing, or adaptive fidelity simulations help to reduce development spending and total time from concept to functional design. Other methods such as iteration, and parallel concept testing may be employed to improve design outcome. This workshop aims to introduce a selection of these prototyping methods through presentation and interactive hands-on exercises.

They are integrated in the framework of a strategic method. The workshop would provide key insights on the state of the art in prototyping methodology. The exercises also provide a concrete experience to highlight the practical tradeoffs between key methods. This experiential comparison will be mapped back to findings from quantitative research in design science. The program would conclude with a roundtable discussion on the future of research in prototyping. We hope to gain participants with experience in both industrial and research experience in design.

W6: Advancing Sustainable Design: Road-mapping and Community Building Organizers/Speakers: Cassandra Telenko, Georgia Institute of Technology; Sara Behdad, University at Buffalo; Bill Bernstein, National Institute of Standards and Technology Time: half-day Location: TBD Description: The goals of sustainable design are evolving from a more environmentally focused endeavor to one that integrates environment with social and economic foci. With increasing multi- and inter-disciplinary scope, the need for a stronger, collaborative and international research community increases.

Researchers engaged or interested in sustainability and sustainable design are encouraged to join in this road-mapping and community building session as we work together to define opportunities for collaborative research and educational initiatives across domains and borders. Participants and facilitators from ASME and the Design Society's Ecodesign special interest group will map current research and future research directions as well as identify best practices. Outcomes will include an evolved research agenda, a set of best practices, national and international collaborations, and initiatives such as the ecodesign tool repository.

W7: Success as a Student Researcher: Maximizing Your Productivity and Efficiency Organizers/Speakers: Scott Ferguson, North Carolina State University; Bryony DuPont, Oregon State University Time: half-day - afternoon Location: TBD Description: The objective of this workshop is to create a forum for students attending the IDETC/CIE conferences to learn about and discuss research practices that maximize productivity and research efficiency. Faculty and Ph.D. students from the design community will present best practices and ways to identify/avoid the common pitfalls that students face. Topics will range from research skills (e.g., how to conduct a literature review, how to develop a research plan) to social skills (how to work with your lab-mates, how to build research networks). Discussion will take place via presentations and open question/discussion periods. It is expected that student attendees will also have opportunities to build cross-university relationships and ramp up their excitement for the conference.

W8: Writing Strategies and Publication Productivity** Organizers/Speakers: Meggin McIntosh, Emphasis on Excellence, Inc. Time: half-day - afternoon Location: TBD Description: The goal of the workshop on Writing Strategies and Publication Productivity is to provide a professional development experience and opportunity for community and networking within the Design Engineering Division (DED) of ASME that supports and mentors underrepresented groups.

The workshop is designed to provide graduate students and faculty members from underrepresented groups with professional development activities and to give them the opportunity to make connections with an international network of supportive researchers in their field. In addition to skill development, this workshop will support the development of a network of people within the community from underrepresented groups. This workshop will be the eighth annual workshop event of the Broadening Participation Committee of the ASME DED Do you feel overwhelmed when you look at your writing projects? Is there a sense of despair when you think about your commitments and the writing that is only partially done (or is still only in your head?!)

Have you announced to the Universe that you have no more room for opportunities? Can you hear a ticking clock as you think about deadlines that are coming ever closer? In this friendly and focused workshop, taught by a professor who now works with academics around the country, you will get clear on what your writing projects are; develop an overall plan that delineates your writing projects for the upcoming academic year and beyond; and know what your next steps are and when you’re going to take these steps, without being overwhelmed. You will have hope. You will pick and choose carefully among the opportunities coming your way. You will progress rather than procrastinate on your writing projects.

Sound good? Then plan to join us for this practical workshop on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00. Introduce yourself to the possibility and practice of being predictably and peacefully productive as an academic writer. ** Note: Registration for this workshop is being handled separately from the main conference registration. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please complete the workshop survey via the following link. Even if you register through the IDETC conference website, you are not guaranteed admittance to this workshop. You must apply through the survey link and be admitted in order to attend.

W9: Workshop: Design for Additive Manufacturing Organizers/Speakers: Evan Kuester, Applications Engineer 3D Systems Time: half-day Location: TBD Description: Not all machines and processes in the additive manufacturing were created equal. This workshop will focus on design techniques and work flows related to the different types of technology’s available to users. Most a parts can be printed on a variety of machines; however many times the parts will not be acceptable due to the byproducts of each process.

It is important to know when to use specific type of additive manufacturing processes, and how to optimize your design and work flows to suit it. Different additive manufacturing process will be presented, and case studies will be shown of parts that have and have not been designed to get the most out of each process. W10: Workshop: Topology Optimization for Additive Manufacturing Organizers/Speakers: Krishnan Suresh, University of Wisconsin, Madison; David Rosen, Georgia Institute of Technology; Darren Henry, Onshape Time: half-day Location: TBD Description: Topology optimization is emerging as a powerful design technique for additive manufacturing. The objective of this workshop is to expose the audience to cutting-edge topology optimization techniques and additive manufacturing challenges/opportunities. Strategies for posing and solving topology optimization problems will be discussed.

Recent developments in integrating topology optimization and additive manufacturing will be addressed. Attendees will then solve design problems using a cloud based topology optimization service ( Following this, a few topology optimization cases-studies will be presented. The workshop will conclude with an open design for additive manufacturing challenge. W11: Workshop: Understanding MBD and MBE: Realizing the Promise of 3D Organizers/Speakers: Bryan Fischer, MBD360 Time: half-day Location: TBD Description: This workshop will present an overview of 3D Model-Based Definition (MBD) in the context of a Model-Based Enterprise (MBE).

Topics such as: model-based product definition, model-based process definition, dataset types and structure, dataset classification, applicable standards, gap analysis, derivative data, data quality, business strategies, implementation strategies, best practices, recommendations, and barriers will be discussed. Understanding an oragnaization’s current processes and landscape, how to transition to a more fully integrated Model-Based workflow, and implementing MBE will be addressed. Opportunities and challenges, pros and cons, common missteps and missed opportunities in MBD and MBE will also be included.