In December I completed my first semester in the Product Architecture and Engineering (PAE) Lab at the Stevens Institute of Technology. PAE is a graduate level program “integrating the the study of Architecture, Engineering, Product Design, and Interaction”, all of which are central to SMIT’s work. More from the PAE website:
“The program overcomes longstanding deficiencies in design education by creating a distinctive fusion of design culture and technology through the disciplines of computation, analysis, and advanced production methodologies.
The curriculum focuses upon immersion in the tools that inform this design convergence, and creates opportunities for students to undertake applied research on real projects and collaborate with designers, engineers, scientists and manufacturers at the most progressive design firms in the metropolitan New York area.”
The program is headed by John Nastasi, and I have found it to be a perfect fit for my academic and professional aspirations. SMIT hopes to both further it’s design work based on the knowledge and experience gained in the PAE lab, and hopefully to work directly with PAE on the continuing technological development of Solar Ivy and GROW. The first effort in this vein is a Solar Ivy Shading Study, which will be described in a forthcoming post.
I encourage any designer considering graduate studies to look into the PAE lab at Stevens, and I look forward to updating SMITblog readers on my progress in this exciting program.