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Office of Research, Engagement and Extension

By its nature, research and scholarship at the College of Design is interdisciplinary and collaborative.

The Office of Research, Extension, and Engagement is committed to fostering research and scholarship through collaboration with faculty and students in concept and partnership development, proposal development and submission, regulatory and post-award management.

Services and Committees

Our services in the Pre-Award area include:

  • Assistance in seeking and identifying funding opportunities
  • Review of RFPs (Request for Proposals)
  • Preparation of proposal, bio-sketches, budget, budget-justifications, and other forms/documents and provide guidance on compliance with state and federal financial regulations.
  • Development of proposal schedule and deadlines
  • Obtaining the required sub-award documents from partner organizations.
  • Electronic submission to PINS, Grants.Gov, NSF FastLane, etc.

Our services in the Post-Award area include:

  • New award meetings and overall grant administration
  • Time and effort reporting
  • Documentation and reporting of cost-sharing commitments
  • Budget oversight (project budget development, analysis, projections, and revisions)
  • No cost-extension requests
  • Project closeout

The College of Design has a Scholarship, Research, Extension and Engagement (SREE) Committee consisting of four faculty on two-year appointments. This committee serves as an advisor to the Assistant Dean for Research and Extension on research, extension, and engagement related scholarly efforts and administration. Two faculty members who serve on the University Research Committee also coordinates and provides input to the Assistant Dean on a regular basis.

Current SREE Committee Members:

  • Andrew Fox, PLA, ASLA (Landscape Architecture)
  • Derek Ham, PhD (Graphic and Industrial Design)
  • Wayne Place, PhD (Architecture)

University Research Committee College of Design Faculty Representatives:

  • Sharon Joines, PhD (Graphic and Industrial Design)
  • Percy Hooper (Graphic and Industrial Design)

Research Initiatives + Labs

Teacher and student exploring new technology

Our efforts actively engage faculty, staff, students, and the design community. Research initiatives and faculty labs highlight our commitment to address the most pressing local and global issues of society and the design profession, including high-performance buildings, visual narratives, health and well-being, and sustainable and resilient communities. Our faculty and researchers’ strengths in design thinking, innovation, and technology — along with tenacity in spatial and environmental analysis, simulations, prototyping, and human-centered approaches — provide unique opportunities for partnerships with non-profits, foundations, industries, communities, as well as city, state, and federal government agencies.

High Performance Buildings

Faculty and graduate students are pursuing cutting-edge research in building technology and high-performance buildings.

Visual Narratives

Our work in visual narratives creates new forms of scholarship and communication, new computational media and their application to increased understanding of our past, present and future.  This focus area bridges the expertise of engineers, humanists, and designers to establish next-generation applications in visual media.

Health and Well-Being

Our work promotes the interdependence of human health, well-being, and the ecological health of the land by understanding the consequences of human actions. Primary areas of inquiry include children’s outdoor environments, post-occupancy evaluation of model environments, and human-centered design.

Health-Centered Design Lab (coming soon)

Postnatal Patient Safety Learning Lab (coming soon)

Sustainable and Resilient Communities

Faculty and graduate students organize and lead trans-disciplinary research and engagement projects to address the critical ecological and community development challenges in vulnerable communities and regions.

Virtual + Augmented Reality

The Experience Design Lab is a cross-disciplinary community, which explores virtual and augmented experiences as a cultural practice. Collaborators take a human-centered approach, empowering artists, designers, humanists, scientists, and engineers to delve into the evolution of our society through direct engagement with technology.