Curls, Coils, and Compassionate Design - feat. Dr. Reid Smith (Engr. Ed. Speakers Series)
Friday, April 23, 2021
301 405 3213
In this talk, Tahira will describe several research and engineering projects that were largely inspired by observations and personal experiences as a woman and a woman of color. Although engineers are called upon to address numerous problems that are human-centered, there are some problems that are best addressed by members of the population most affected. She will discuss several projects that demonstrate how the intersection of diversity, engineering, and design can help to frame novel problems and identify solutions.
Dr. Tahira Reid Smith is an associate professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and is a NASA Visiting Scholar for Fall 2020. Her research involves the quantification and integration of human-centered considerations in engineering systems and/or the design process. This work has been funded by NSF, Procter & Gamble, US Air Force, etc. Dr. Smith’s projects have been featured in National Geographic, NBC's Today Show, Essence Magazine, Reuters, National Public Radio and other media.