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Designing to Change Designers, with Maria Yang, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Winter 2018 WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) program features Maria Yang, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Abstract: The act of designing something new is one of the most exciting and important things a person can do. Designers have the power to improve the way people live, work and play. In this talk, I’ll describe my own professional path as an engineering and design academic. I’ll also discuss some examples of design and engineering contexts that have defied expectations in attracting women students, especially through human-centered design.
About the Speaker: Maria Yang is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT, and is founder and director of the Ideation Lab (ideation.mit.edu). Her work considers the process of design, focusing on the key role of design representation in driving the early stages of the design process and outcomes of engineered products, from consumer products to complex, large scale systems. She is an ASME Fellow and has received the NSF CAREER award and the ASEE Merryfield Design Award. She earned her SB from MIT, and her MS and PhD from Stanford University, all in Mechanical Engineering. Yang previously served as director of design at Reactivity, a Silicon Valley startup now a part of Cisco Systems.
The WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) provides an engaging Stanford network linking women graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and alumnae in science, engineering, and mathematics fields, and their allies and advocates, through quarterly meetings and communications. WINS aims to provide all with an opportunity to learn from stand-out women in these fields about the realities of their lives and work, successes and lessons learned, and to connect individuals with a network of potential mentors, protégés, and other colleagues.
- Wednesday, February 14, 2018
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
- Main Dining Room, Stanford Faculty Club Map
Open to all interested Stanford affiliates; registration by Sunday, February 11 is requested. Please register here.
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