Brigham Young University (BYU) joined the Center in 2011 with a research emphasis on collaborative computer-aided applications (CAx). Research at BYU focuses on artificial limitations of CAx for simulataneous collaboration; leveraging advances in networks; networked multi-user gaming technologies; and modification of core application programming interface libraries.
Iowa State University (ISU) joined the Center in 2012 as the lead institution. Research at ISU focuses on information technology strategies and optimization of products and systems; design education and training; early stage design theories and methodologies; robotics and sensor integration; materials, manufacturing and design; and design for sustainability. ISU has a diverse research team drawing from 10 departments and several centers and institutions at the university.
Oregon State University (OSU) joined the Center in 2013. Research at OSU will focus on system design analysis and optimization, decision analysis, and computational design and innovation. Research efforts will contribute to the development of methods, tools, and practices for conceptual/detailed design requirements specification; and modeling methods for product and system design and integration of analysis/synthesis/evaluation.
The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) joined the Center in 2017 and is the lead site in the Center for e-Design. Research at the Penn State site focuses on building design and manufacturing data infrastructure that enables innovative and collaborative design tools and methods. Specific focus areas include big data analytics, design education, design optimization, additive manufacturing, and advanced manufacturing enterprise.
The University at Buffalo - SUNY (UB) joined the Center in 2011 with a research emphasis on developing and evaluating the efficacy of design support tools that leverage advanced information and knowledge models in engineering design. Research at UB focuses on new product development processes, advanced simulation environments, interactive design environments, and information technology decision support tools.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) is a founding member of the Center for e-Design. Research at UMass focuses on the development of new design paradigms and processes, with particular emphasis on engineering knowledge modeling and development of ontologies to support e-Design.
Wayne State University (WSU) joined the Center in 2013. Research at WSU focuses on semantic product design and infrastructure, innovation tools for transformative product design, virtual simulation, and human-machine interface tools. The interdisciplinary research team at WSU has expertise in several key areas, including alternative and renewable energy technology optimization, cultural and anthropological research in design, and STEM education.