Alison Olechowski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) at the University of Toronto.
Understanding collaborative engineering design work
We study how engineers work together to design new products. We seek to answer questions such as: what are best practices for collaborating in Computer-Aided Design? Do effective engineering teams communicate differently than ineffective teams? How can teams reach reliable decisions when assessing new technologies?
Improving engineering design process and methods
Engineers working on complex new product development projects face a number of challenges like high uncertainty in technology and operating context, multidisciplinary problems, globally distributed teams. We study product design and development processes and methods which engineers can use to deliver innovative products.