The National Science Foundation has approved Penn State as a site for the Center for e-Design, an Industry/University Collaborative Research Center (I/UCRC). Directed by INFORMS member Janis Terpenny, the Center for e-Design works with its members to research and advance solutions to complex problems associated with the design, production, distribution and sustainment of innovative and high-quality products and systems that minimize costs and are responsive to the rapidly changing marketplace.

Terpenny is the Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Chair and head of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State. Terpenny named Dan Finke, research associate at the Applied Research Lab, as the site co-director.

“The Center for e-Design will flourish at Penn State, where partnerships with industry and a culture of innovation are highly valued,” said Terpenny. “The interdisciplinary nature of real problems of importance to industry members will call upon expertise from many researchers across the university.”

Penn State becomes the center’s seventh university partner with sites already established at Iowa State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Buffalo, Brigham Young University, Oregon State University and Wayne State University.

The primary focus of the Penn State site will include the following research areas: crowd-based design, big data analytics, design theory and innovation, collaborative design, design optimization, additive manufacturing, smart manufacturing and model-based enterprise.

Researchers from several departments, colleges, research centers and institutes across Penn State are set to contribute to the center’s efforts.