Tag Archives: Publications

Academic Article Alert: Well-endowed rating systems


Unfortunately for me, Tripp Shealy graduated with his Ph.D. yesterday1. To relax this summer, he’s taking an intensive course on programming for big-data analytics. Then he’s off to Virginia Tech for a civil engineering faculty position, where I have no doubt he will continue his influential teaching and research (and kayaking – that’s Tripp in the picture). Recently, one of the first papers from Tripp’s Read More →

Academic article alert: Design thinking traits

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Design thinking has reached a broader audience in recent years as practitioner/educators like Tim Brown and companies like IDEO show the value of design thinking in all types of fields. While earning her Ph.D. at Clemson, Jackie Blizzard studied design thinking, and her results were just released in the Design Studies article: “Using survey questions to identify and learn more about those who exhibit design thinking traits.” 1 With the help of Read More →

Academic article alert! Sustainability and broadening participation in engineering

Students in Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries help people by providing clean water in Haiti, and they haven't even graduated yet.

Academic article alert! I will be giving myself a break on my weekly blog post whenever I get an academic article published. On those weeks, the blog post will be a link to the published article and my attempt at describing it for the 99.99999999% of people who could care less about the research method and just want to know what we found and what Read More →

Don’t stifle ambitious energy saving goals

Just changing the anchor changed the goals these professionals set.

When a group of students and I learned about the anchoring bias, which refers to our tendency to gravitate towards a pre-defined standard regardless of its relevance, we thought it may influence how people set goals to reduce energy use.  So, we decided to see if the bias was present among professionals who design and operate buildings, which use lots of energy, about 40% of Read More →