IAB October 2012: A Great Success!

October 16, 2012 in News


This year’s October IAB Meeting was a great success. Growth of the Center for e-Design was on full display; faculty and students from the participating universities met with representatives from the partner-industries. Students were able to collect feedback from industry partners that would help them tailor their projects to address real-world problems, and industry partners were able to view projects from other universities in the Center.

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REU Students Present Summer Research at REU Poster Session

August 1, 2012 in News

Casey Baker and Ryan Szeto presented their summer research at the campus-wide UMass Amherst REU Poster Session on Friday, July 27th. While Baker explored the semantic capabilities of current Product Lifecycle Management tools, Szeto extended the suite of features covered by a Computer-aided Design interoperability tool. Their project abstracts can be seen below.
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UMass e-Design Receives Software Grant from Siemens

July 16, 2012 in News

Siemens has been recognized by the University of Massachusetts College of Engineering for their generous software grant to the Center for e-Design. The article from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering news page can be seen below.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Receives In-kind Software Grant from Siemens PLM Software with a Commercial Value of Nearly $2.3 Million

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for e-Design in the College of Engineering announced today that it has received an in-kind software grant fromSiemens PLM Software, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, with a commercial value of nearly $2.3 million. The grant was provided by Siemens PLM Software’s Global Opportunities in PLM (GO PLM™ initiative), a program that delivers PLM technology to more than one million students yearly at more than 11,000 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs.

The grant includes Teamcenter® software, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management system, and NX™ software, a leading integrated solution for computer-aided design, manufacturing, and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE). Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Anthony McCaffrey Featured in Scientific American Mind

July 13, 2012 in News

Dr. Anthony McCaffrey‘s research on innovation was featured in two articles in the July/August issue of Scientific American Mind. The article is available on page 8 of the attachment below.

Scientific American Mind Article

Dr. Anthony McCaffrey Featured in Atlantic

May 21, 2012 in News

Anthony McCaffrey, postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for e-Design in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, was the subject of an article in The Atlanticone of the nation’s oldest and most respected publications.The Atlantic article continued the national coverage for the method developed by McCaffrey to enhance anyone’s problem-solving skills, especially engineers, inventors, and other innovators. McCaffrey believes his Obscure Features Hypothesis (OFH) has led to the first systematic, step-by-step approach to devising innovation-enhancing techniques for overcoming a wide range of cognitive obstacles to invention. Additional media coverage includes articles in Psych CentralRed OrbitScience DailyScience Codex, and a column in the San Francisco Chronicle.

McCaffrey is a cognitive psychology researcher who has studied common roadblocks to problem-solving. He recently won a two-year, $170,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to turn his technique into software with a user-friendly graphical interface. Initial users will likely be engineers.

Article taken from http://mie.umass.edu/news/mccaffrey-featured-atlantic 

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Dr. Anthony McCaffrey Published in Psychological Science

February 9, 2012 in News


Dr. Anthony McCaffrey’s work on innovation enhancement has been featured in many different media outlets over the past few weeks and months. Please browse the news listings below to learn about his work.


  • The top psychology journal, “Psychological Science”, has published Dr. Anthony McCaffrey’s recent research on innovation-enhancement.
  • The PBS station WHBY TV interviewed Dr. McCaffrey. He discusses many real-world applications of his innovation technique.
  • He was recently interviewed by the NPR station WFCR.
  • Dr. McCaffrey was also featured in an article on the University of Massachusetts Amherst website titled “Anyone Can Learn to Be More Inventive, Says UMass Amherst Psychology Researcher Who Studies Problem Solving”.
  • Inc.com, a website for business entrepreneurs, published an article about Dr. McCaffrey’s work.


Dr. Anthony McCaffrey is a member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for e-Design team.