Design SPACE Lab

Design of Sustainable Products Across Complex Environments

Welcome to the Design SPACE Lab

We research strategies for designing optimal products and policies in the face of sustainability and complexity challenges. Our group specializes in design methodologies, complex systems modeling and analysis, multidisciplinary design optimization, and life cycle thinking. We are based in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA.

Design SPACE is an acronym for Design of Sustainable Products Across Complex Environments. The core components that are common to all of our work are design, sustainability, and complexity. From a technical perspective, we aim to support engineering design and account for engineering designers within systems such as product markets. We are interested in improving the ways that designers account for sustainability, which includes system longevity, environmental friendliness, social responsibility, and economic stability. We also seek to aid design decision-making within complex environments, which may be multi-objective, multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder, or human-centric. These are some of the trickiest challenges of our time, and they demand a systems approach to find better ways to make design and policy decisions.

Research areas

Within the three themes of design, sustainability, and complexity, our work fits within the boundaries and intersections of four research areas: Design approaches, design for market systems, multi-disciplinary design optimization, and policy modeling and analysis.