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Friday, November 6, 2020 – 7:00AM to 8:00AM
Tahira Reid Smith, Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University
Engineers are called upon to address numerous problems that are human-centered. The traditional engineering paradigm often focuses on functionality and has very few tools to address the social and cultural aspects of a problem. However, colleagues in the social sciences have such tools that can provide insight on how to best capture and make use of human-centric data. This talk will showcase projects from the Research in Engineering and Interdisciplinary Design (REID) Lab that demonstrate how human-centered data has helped to define and address novel engineering challenges including those from the automotive, hair care, and aeronautical industries.
Tahira Reid Smith is an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, the director of the Research in Engineering and Interdisciplinary Design (REID) Laboratory and a Visiting NASA Scholar. Her research interests include quantifying and integrating human-centered considerations in the design process and human-machine systems. Her research program has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Procter & Gamble, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and other sources. Prior to arriving at Purdue in 2012, she completed a postdoctoral position in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Iowa State University.