Driving Early Stage Design Process through Design Representations
Maria Yang is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Her research is in the preliminary phases of the process of designing both products and complex engineering systems, with a focus on the role of design representations. She is an ASME Fellow, and the recipient of an NSF CAREER award, the ASEE Merryfield Design Award, an ASME Design Theory and Methodology Best Paper Award, the MIT Spira Teaching Award, the MIT MacDonald Award, and the MIT Murman Undergraduate Advising Award. She earned her SB in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and her MS and PhD from Stanford. Dr. Yang served as Director of Design at Reactivity, a Silicon Valley startup now a part of Cisco Systems. She has done research into collaborative design tools at Apple and Lockheed Martin, and user interaction issues at Immersion Corp.