12 Jun 2015
Fulbright Fellow asks 'Why Design Simultaneously Unites and Divides' Us in public lecture
Dr Christopher Mattson will be exploring the concept of how the word ‘design’ has the power to unite, and yet, simultaneously divide.
The lecture, to be held June 24, will examine design at five different levels of abstraction. These levels are constructed based on hundreds of past projects and dozens of interviews with design professionals in industries ranging from satellite to sausage design, and spanning from Italy to China, America to Brazil.
The talk aims to provide the audience with content that can be used to better build multidisciplinary relationships, whilst appreciating the diversity of design specialisations often needed for impact in the world today.
Dr Mattson is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo Utah, USA. He is currently on sabbatical at the Loughborough Design School working with the sustainable design research group as a 2014-2015 Fulbright Fellow.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It awards approximately 8,000 grants annually and the program currently operates in over 155 countries worldwide.
Dr. Mattson earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York in 2003. He was a mechanical design engineer 1996-2000), and global director of engineering (2004-2006) at ATL Technology.
Dr. Mattson has been a member of the AIAA Technical Committee on multidisciplinary design optimisation since 2003. He is an NSF CAREER awardee, and was given a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama in 2012. He holds multiple US patents, and he is the recipient of ASME’s 2015 Ben C. Sparks award for his educational work in building a strong senior design experience for BYU students.
The lecture is free to attend and will be held in the Design School at 5pm, finishing at approximately 6pm.