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Design thinking, an emerging tool of innovation and exploration for all disciplines where future outcomes are at stake, will be discussed at this week’s Science Forum.

MatthewsDavid Matthews, UT professor of architecture and design and chair of interior design, will discuss design thinking, a universal multidisciplinary design process that outlines how designers change existing conditions into preferred outcomes. His Science Forum talk, “Design Thinking and Creative Process: How Designers Approach Wicked Problems and Engage the Future,” will be held at noon Friday, October 30, in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research with the general public in a conversational presentation.

Free and open to the public, each Science Forum consists of a fourty-minute presentation followed by a Q-and-A session. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch or purchase it at the café in Thompson-Boling Arena. The Science Forum is sponsored by the UT Office of Research and Engagement and Quest, an initiative to raise awareness of the research, scholarship, and creative activity happening on campus.

Matthews earned bachelor’s degrees in interior design and studio art from Ohio University before earning a master’s degree in architecture at Miami University. He came to UT in 2010.

Upcoming Science Forum presentations are:

November 6 – Matthew Mench, Condra Chair of Excellence Professor and head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, “Where Do We Put All the Renewable Energy?”

November 13 – Melissa R. Allen, postdoctoral researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, “Climate Variability and Change: What Fundamental Science and Modeling Tell Us”

November 20 – Natalie Mong, education director for Upstate Birds of Prey, “The Fascinating Biology of Birds of Prey”


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