Matthew Saunders

Main research topic:

Developing a conceptual design technique, empathic design, that stimulates innovation of breakthrough products

Current research work:

  • Investigating product innovation from a mechanical design perspective and developing criteria of innovation to analyze trends in  innovative products

  • Performing experiments to investigate the impacts of designer-prototype interaction and empathic experiences


Saunders, M. N., C. C. Seepersad and K. Holtta-Otto, 2009, "The Characteristics of Innovative, Mechanical Products," ASME IDETC Design Theory and Methodology Conference, San Diego, CA.

Graduate courses taken:

  • Product Design, Development, and Prototyping

  • Enterprise of Technology: Lab to Market

  • Robotics and Automation

  • Solid Freeform Fabrication and Rapid prototyping

  • New Venture Creation

  • Mechatronics

  • Product Realization/ Technology Commercialization Seminar


B.S. Engineering Science
Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) 2008

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