Shanna Daly is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering. She has a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University. Her research focuses on design innovations through divergent and convergent thinking as well as through deep needs and community assessments using design ethnography.

Her work includes investigations of concept generation and development practices of novices through practitioners, intersections of diverse disciplines and experiences of individuals and teams that yield innovative thinking, the role of creativity in engineering and how to foster it, exploring problem spaces to identify real needs and innovation opportunities, and developing flexibility to design both radically and incrementally.

Many of her studies involve multiple disciplinary, professional, and educational contexts, and she often collaborates across disciplines, working with scholars in engineering, education, industrial design, and psychology. She teaches design and entrepreneurship courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her work is often cross-disciplinary, collaborating with colleagues from engineering, education, psychology, and industrial design.

In addition to Dr. Daly’s expertise topics, she consults on Design Process, Design Skills, and Fieldwork Debriefings.

Interested in Dr. Daly’s research?  Learn more about the Daly Design and Engineering Education Research Group website.


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