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Spring events at the Jacobs Institute

The Jacobs Institute will host a lively mix of talks and public programs in the spring semester, featuring design voices from fields that include art, robotics, law, healthcare, and many more. Events are free and open to the public.

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Hybrid structures and new applications: Exploring digital fabrication

As the digital fabrication landscape   rapidly evolves, interdisciplinary courses at Jacobs Hall are providing new opportunities for students to learn and create at the cutting edge of these technologies.

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01.23.2018

Design Field Notes: Sara Cinnamon

LUNAR technical lead Sara Cinnamon will speak, sharing perspectives from her time in grad school at MIT to running her own startup in consumer healthcare to joining a world-class design firm.

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01.30.2018

Design Field Notes: Alexander Reben

Alexander Reben, an artist and roboticist who explores humanity through the lens of art and technology, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

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Courses: Spring 2018

DES INV 190-2: Global Product Development

Global Product Development is a project-based course that aims to educate students about the process of translating a functional prototype into a commercial, consumer-ready product. This course will provide a high-level overview of the many important aspects of product commercialization, including design for manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, intellectual property and regulatory certification, and more. Each class meeting will be divided between lecture, often featuring guest lectures with real-world experience, and project work time.

Emily Au | 3 units | Class number: 15543

DES INV 190-1 / ME 292B: Reimagining Mobility: Design Development and Delivery

In this two-semester sequence of project-based courses, students envision meaningful interactions between people and different transportation modalities, looking 10-15 years into the future and addressing elements such as car sharing, public transportation, autonomous driving, and more. The fall course focused on the early stages of the design process, including problem framing and user research, while the follow-on course in the spring focuses on the latter stages: proposing solutions, prototyping, storytelling. The course is taught an expert design instructor, with additional feedback from mentors from the Ford Research and Innovation Center. The courses are structured such that students may enroll in both the fall and spring offerings, or only one, as their interests and schedules dictate.

Instructor TBD | 3 units | Class number: 15542

TDPS 100 / ART 100 / UGBA 190T-2: Collaborative Innovation

What does innovation have to do with body movement, staging plays, socially engaged art, and business model design? This class, jointly taught by faculty from Theater and Dance Performance, Art Practice and Business, exposes you to perspectives on innovation from each discipline, and then allows you to practice collaborating among disciplines to take on a meaningful, high-impact challenge of interest to you.

Sara Beckman, Lisa Wymore, Sean San Jose, & Takming Chuang | 4 units | Class number: 31034 (TDPS), 22397 (ART), 17247 (UGBA)

CS 194-028 / 294-119: Computational Design and Fabrication

This class introduces computational techniques useful for design and fabrication and explores software compilation of high level 3D designs into simple and inexpensive parts ready for rapid manufacturing. Topics include: fabrication processes, material systems, and modern computational techniques for domain specific design, geometric transformations, and algorithmic preparation for fabrication.

Jonathan Bachrach | 4 units | Class number: 41670 (194), 41669 (294)