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) is in the process of adding onto the Center for e-Design. A strategic planning meeting will be held in June 2016. Visitors will learn about Penn State expertise in crowd-based design, big data analytics, design theory and innovation, collaborative design, design optimization, additive manufacturing, and model-based enterprise. They will also share needs in a workshop setting that will inform and ignite valuable collaborations.
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 Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) is in the planning stage of adding onto the Center for e-Design. In February 2015 a strategic planning meeting was held were prospective industry members had the opportunity to review project proposals, discuss industry needs, and tour facilities. Illinois plans to submit a full proposal to join the Center.
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.