Apr 5, 2019 - Modern Electronics Design Services

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Adam Wolf

10:10 am
322 Fryklund Hall

Abstract

The barriers to creating electronics have never been lower. With a computer, an internet connection, a credit card, and a few hundred bucks, anyone can get started creating electronics. Business folks want electronics in everything, but they don’t necessarily want to staff engineers. This creates a market opportunity for designing electronics at a very small organizational scale–even as a “side hustle”! In this talk, we discuss modern electronics design services, changes over the past ten years, and look to the future.

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Adam Wolf works at an electronics design services company and is a cofounder and engineer of Wayne and Layne, a company that makes Open Source Hardware electronics and museum exhibits.

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Mar 22, 2019 - Quantitative vs & Qualitative – The balance of identifying the right solution

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10:10 am
322 Fryklund Hall

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Product development is often seen and demonstrated in a clear, linear, clean process, with the mythical one right solution that wins out at the end. However, truth be told – product development isn’t always clean and easy, and sometimes the consumer experience does not match data. With the development process both qualitative and quantitative analysis plays important and sometimes counterintuitive roles in the process. Within this talk we will learn how Industrial Designers and Engineers balance the need and usage of qualitative and quantitative testing tools in order to achieve the final solution.

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Katie Thompson

Katie Thompson is the Industrial Design Manager at Quality Bicycle Products in Bloomington, MN and a 2007 UW-Stout graduate. Katie has spent over the last decade working in Product Development on a diverse set of product types ranging from medical, architectural lighting, consumer electronics, to spending the last seven years merging personal passion with profession within the bicycle industry.

Luke Strauss

Luke Strauss is the Engineering Manager at Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) in Bloomington, MN. He holds a Masters from Cornell University (2011) and a Bachelors from Middlebury College (2007). Prior to joining QBP in 2014, Luke has engineered products in the automotive, energy-utility, and environmental remediation industries.

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*Katie Thompson was unable to present due to an unexpected work issue.

Mar 15, 2019 - I’m a designer and so can you!

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Michael Hammond

10:10 am
322 Fryklund Hall

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The traditional roles of industrial designers and mechanical engineers has changed dramatically in the past decade, the relationship between the two has become even more intertwined and inseparable. A great engineer thinks like an industrial designer, and a great designer learns to think like the engineer. We need to remember that both are creative roles, but each have their own specific strengths that we can leverage and build on. Shared understanding and empathy and good communication, and often compromise are at the core of what makes the engineer/designer unit successful in developing innovative new products – and from this talk we will learn how industrial designers look at the problem, what their goals are in a project, and how you can work better with them to make the magic happen (and vice versa!).

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Michael Hammond is Director of Industrial Design at Design Concepts in Madison, WI and a 2000 UW-Stout graduate. With nearly twenty years of professional product design and development experience, he has worked on more than 250 consumer products for Panasonic, Mattel, Trek Bicycles and others. Michael values the process of design: moving ideas forward from the intangible front end to more concrete solutions that get team’s excited about and that their users will value.

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