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Doing Business As Name:Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Richard M Goff
  • (540) 231-9537
  • Nicholas F Polys
Award Date:01/27/2011
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 305,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 141,994
  • FY 2013=$0
  • FY 2012=$14,994
  • FY 2011=$127,000
Start Date:02/01/2011
End Date:02/28/2014
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:IUCRC Center for e-Design: Phase II Renewal
Federal Award ID Number:1068000
DUNS ID:003137015
Parent DUNS ID:003137015
Program:IUCRC-Indust-Univ Coop Res Ctr

Awardee Location

Street:Sponsored Programs 0170
Awardee Cong. District:09

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Street:Sponsored Programs 0170
Cong. District:09

Abstract at Time of Award

The proposal seeks a Phase II support (second five-year period) for the Center, including support for center personnel, evaluation and research. The proposed Center is a multi-university Center comprised of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (lead), the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Central Florida, and Carnegie Mellon University. It is anticipated that the Center will grow to an 8-university center shortly, with the addition of Brigham Young University, the University of Puerto Rico, the University of Buffalo, and Wayne State within the next few months. The NSF Multi-university IUCRC for e-Design addresses the science and engineering challenges that limit the evolution of a new product/system design approaches that are essential for efficient, rapid and reliable design and manufacture in a highly competitive global environment. The Center aims to provide timely, high-quality, and cost-effective collaborative research projects and validate them through an Internet based test-bed platform. In addition, the Center plans to disseminate knowledge and methodologies to its members through regular seminars and workshops. The Center for e- Design is dedicated to the vigorous pursuit of state-of-the-art IT enabled tools that can achieve faster or instantaneous product design response times, much faster time to market, better product quality and significantly reduced cost. The proposed continuation of the e-Design center will improve engineering design processes for its members, and with increased membership and adoption of a shared portfolio approach, further extend its benefit to U.S. industry. The proposed effort will contribute significantly to the successful development and preparation of graduate and undergraduate students across several departments. Students associated with the e-Design Center will receive exceptional career development opportunities, to include laboratory and field studies, attendance and presentations at interdisciplinary conferences and workshops, a design colloquium series, participation in interdisciplinary activities and journal publications, as well as training in the ethical conduct of research. Virginia Tech plans to contribute to the diversity of the Center, with 25% of participating faculty being women, a population traditionally underrepresented in engineering. The PI and other Virginia Tech faculty will continue their long history of recruiting women and minority graduate and undergraduate students.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Mix, K. J., Jensen, C. G., and Ryskamp, J. "Automated Design Rationale Capture within the CAx Environment" Computer-Aided Design and Applications, v., 2010, p..

Williams, CB; McNair, LD; Crede, ED; Paretti, MC; Terpenny, JP "Designing Hands-On Teaming Activities: Exploring Sustainability Tradeoffs for Courses with Large Enrollments" INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION, v.26, 2010, p.408. View record at Web of Science

Goff, RM; Williams, C; Terpenny, JP; Gilbert, K; Knott, T; Lo, J "ROXIE: Real Outreach eXperiences In Engineering First-Year Engineering Students Designing for Community Partners" INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION, v.26, 2010, p.349. View record at Web of Science

Chang, XM; Terpenny, J; Koelling, P "Reducing errors in the development, maintenance and utilisation of ontologies" INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTER INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING, v.23, 2010, p.341. doi:10.1080/0951192100364210  View record at Web of Science

Xu, Y., Red, E., and Jensen, C. "A Flexible Context Architecture for a Multi-User GUI" Computer-Aided Design & Applications, v., 2011, p..

Li, YF; Chang, XM; Terpenny, JP; Gilbert, T "Ontology-Based Multiplatform Identification Method" JOURNAL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING, v.10, 2010, p.. doi:10.1115/1.346701  View record at Web of Science

Witherell, P; Krishnamurty, S; Grosse, IR; Wileden, JC "Improved knowledge management through first-order logic in engineering design ontologies" AI EDAM-ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR ENGINEERING DESIGN ANALYSIS AND MANUFACTURING, v.24, 2010, p.245. doi:10.1017/S089006040999009  View record at Web of Science

Fernandes, RP; Grosse, IR; Krishnamurty, S; Witherell, P; Wileden, JC "Semantic methods supporting engineering design innovation" ADVANCED ENGINEERING INFORMATICS, v.25, 2011, p.185. doi:10.1016/j.aei.2010.08.00  View record at Web of Science

Red, E., Jensen, C. G., Marshall, F., Ryskamp, J. and Xu, Y. "v-CAx: A Research Agenda for Collaborative Computer-Aided Applications" Computer-Aided Design and Applications, v., 2010, p..

Ren, P.*, Hong, D.W., Terpenny, J., and Goff, R. "Bridging Theory and Practice in a Senior Level Robotics Course for Mechanical and Electrical Engineers" ASEE Computers in Education Journal, v., 2010, p..

Rockwell, JA; Grosse, IR; Krishnamurty, S; Wileden, JC "A Semantic Information Model for Capturing and Communicating Design Decisions" JOURNAL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING, v.10, 2010, p.. doi:10.1115/1.346292  View record at Web of Science

Orfi, N; Terpenny, J; Sahin-Sariisik, A "HARNESSING PRODUCT COMPLEXITY: STEP 1-ESTABLISHING PRODUCT COMPLEXITY DIMENSIONS AND INDICATORS" ENGINEERING ECONOMIST, v.56, 2011, p.59. doi:10.1080/0013791X.2010.54993  View record at Web of Science

Project Outcomes Report


This Project Outcomes Report for the General Public is displayed verbatim as submitted by the Principal Investigator (PI) for this award. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Report are those of the PI and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation; NSF has not approved or endorsed its content.

The Center for e-Design creates and develops new design paradigms and electronic design tools that will assist in generating high quality products and systems at a reduced cost while also reducing the time associated with designing complex engineering products and systems.

 Center Mission and Rationale

The mission of the Center for e-Design is to serve as a nationally recognized center of excellence in design where innovation and creativity are integrated with fundamental principles of science, mathematics, and engineering in the development, testing, and implementation of new methods and technologies for the design of products and systems focused on faster time-to-market, better product quality, and significantly reduced costs.

 The Center for e-Design focuses its efforts in three major areas to deliver value to its industry/government partners:

 1. Fundamental Research focuses on creating methods, tools, and technologies to address industry relevant needs in e-tools-enabled product development and realization including: enabling information infrastructure; new design paradigms and processes; design optimization; visualizing and virtual prototyping.

 2. Research Testbed focuses on integration of interdisciplinary research activities to validate developed tools, methods, and technologies.

 3. Engineering Education and Technology Transfers, which focus on educating a new generation of engineers and scientists proficient in e-design and rapidly transferring results into usable applications for industry and government.

The Center as a whole is alive and well. It is a collaboration of seven universities and currently 23 industry and government members. Center for e-Design information can be found at

The Virginia Tech research site has concluded its participation and is reporting these outcomes:

Design processes and methods useful to industry members and the public were developed and reported at Industrial Advisory Board meetings and in design journals and engineering conferences thus furthering the body of knowledge in engineering and engineering design.

Three graduate student researchers received PhD degrees working on Center research. Twelve middle school and high school teachers were trained and received valuable experience in how to teach spatial visualization and use 3-D printing in their classrooms as a result of a Research Experience for Teachers. Three undergraduate engineers and scientists worked on a summer research project as a result of a Research Experience for Undergraduates. Positioning them well for graduate school and being effective in the workplace. These graduates and teachers have and will continue to have a significant impact on students and society.


Last Modified: 04/23/2014
Modified by: Richard M Goff

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