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Jacobs Winter Design Showcase Announced

On December 9 and 10, the Jacobs Institute will host the Jacobs Winter Design Showcase, an opportunity to explore student projects and celebrate a semester of design innovation in Jacobs Hall. Students from ten design-focused courses will present their work.

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Expanding The Jacobs Design Innovation Suite: Spring 2016 Offerings

In the spring 2016 semester, the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation will expand the Jacobs Design Innovation Suite, a group of lower-division courses that provide undergraduate students with a roadmap for design innovation.

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EnableTech: Engineering for Accessibility

Berkeley Engineering – Berkeley students have launched EnableTech, an interdisciplinary student group that aims to design solutions that minimize the difficulties of disability. One student, Drew McPherson, introduced a design for a remotely operated window opener at the Jacobs Hall opening celebration.

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Jacobs Winter Design Showcase

On Wednesday, December 9, and Thursday, December 10, join the Jacobs Institute for a showcase of student work in Jacobs Hall. Featuring project displays and demos — along with conversation and light refreshments — the showcase will be an opportunity to meet a diverse community of student makers, explore design projects across disciplines, and celebrate a semester of design innovation at Jacobs Hall.

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Courses: Spring 2016

NWMEDIA 203/CS 294-85: Critical Making

Critical Making will operationalize and critique the practice of “making” through both foundational literature and hands-on studio culture. As hybrid practitioners, students will develop fluency in collaging and incorporating a variety of physical materials and protocols into their practice. With design research as a lens, students will envision and create future computational experiences that critically explore relevant technological themes.

Eric Paulos | 4 units | CCN: 63915 (New Media), 27426 (CS)

IEOR 170: Industrial Design and Human Factors

This course surveys topics related to the design of products and interfaces ranging from alarm clocks, cell phones and dashboards to logos, presentations and web sites. Design of such systems requires familiarity with Human Factors and Ergonomics, including the physics and perception of color, sound and touch, as well as familiarity with case studies and contemporary practices in interface design and usability testing. Students will solve a series of design problems both individually and in teams.

Ken Goldberg | 3 units | CCN: 41042

ME 122: Processing of Materials in Manufacturing

This upper-division class contains a substantial term-long project in which students work in teams to identify a product need, design a mechanical assembly to meet that need, and then select appropriate materials and processes for manufacturing several of the key components in their designs. Students receive feedback on their designs from panels of industrial engineers, including Cal alumni.

Ken Youssefi | 3 units | CCN: 55536

IB 32: Bioinspired Design

Bioinspired design views the process of how we learn from nature as an innovation strategy, translating principles of function, performance and aesthetics from biology to human technology. In this course, diverse teams of students will collaborate on, create, and present original bioinspired design projects. Lectures discuss the biomimicry design process from original scientific breakthroughs to entrepreneurial start-ups.

Robert Full | 3 units | CCN: 42148