Honors and Invited Talks
In September of 2017, a category 5 hurricane made landfall in the island of Puerto Rico. The devastation caused by the natural disaster resulted in a national emergency situation where almost 100% of the island lost its electrical power and sanitized water access. As part of the recovery process of the island, Ricardo, along with a group of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members at the Georgia Institute of Technology, organized recollection stations on and off campus to collect articles that were later shipped to the island. A GoFundMe account was also created to collect economic donations to aid in the recovery efforts.
In recognition of this work, Ricardo was selected for this year’s Petit Institute Interdisciplinary Research and Educational “Above and Beyond” Award. “The Petit Institute Above and Beyond Awards are given to team-based individuals that demonstrate exemplary service to the institute and contribute to its warm, collaborative environment. Awards are given each year to a senior faculty member, a pre-tenure faculty member, two trainees (graduate or postdoctoral fellow) and a staff member.”
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) invited nominated faculty from all over the nation to apply and selected only a few to present their educational innovations at this year’s Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium. The symposium “brings together some of the nation’s most engaged and innovative engineering educators in order to recognize, reward, and promote effective, substantive, and inspirational engineering education through a sustained dialogue within the emerging generation of innovative faculty.”
Dr. Telenko will be sharing a preliminary framework for developing design activities that she developed by studying “designettes” at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Designettes, used as a part of SUTD’s pioneering design-based pedagogy, use the architecture and industrial design tradition of charrettes or ‘intense periods of design or planning’ to teach engineering design thinking through short-term design experiences. These rapid and creative learning experiences enable educators to integrate design learning in a single class, across courses, across terms, and across disciplines.
The global academic community that biannually meets at the Design Society’s International Conference on Engineering Design casts an impressive amount of effort on improving knowledge on design, on developing support methods and tools and, finally, on finding ways to transfer all of this to practice, either via teaching or by direct contact with industry. The keynote panel focused on evaluating the degree with which this effort is having an impact on industry and society, especially concerning the key issue of sustainability.
Dr. Telenko’s comments focused on the metacognitive aspects of design research and design tools. Plug and chug decision-making is not the answer to complex problems. Additionally, impact of our research is not limited to practitioners in industry. Sustainable design research must measure impact upon governmental and non-governmental organizations, the general public through science literacy, and inter-disciplinary collaboration and advancement.
Dr. Telenko also shared data from surveys of the community challenging the ivory tower stereotype: approximately 70% of the community has engineering design experience from working in companies, 60% have consulted for companies, and 39% are named inventors on patents.