Pre & Post Forum Workshops
Workshop on Introduction to Design Thinking

Half-day Workshop on Introduction to Design Thinking

Many people think innovation, idea generation and the creative process comes natural. The truth is these processes can be learned and enhanced with practice. Inventors like Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs were exemplary innovators who used a problem-solving process called "design thinking" to revolutionize entire industries and establish an enviable competitive advantage for their companies. Design Thinking refers to design-specific cognitive activities that designers apply during the process of designing.1 It is a methodology that is fast becoming a mainstay in business strategy all around the world. Centered around creativity, empathy, and putting the user's needs as the heart of the problem, Design Thinking is seen as an important tool for driving innovation and sustained business growth. As the "business of innovation" becomes increasingly important to strategic decision makers in all sectors and industries, it is necessary for design thinking to become ingrained in the engineer's mindset. Therefore, the design thinking culture must be integrated across the engineering curriculum beyond the capstone design experience.

This half-day workshop is designed for STEM professors who wish to learn about design thinking and how to integrate it in the curriculum. It is meant to give participants a full cycle through the design-thinking process in as short time as possible. Therefore, the goals of the workshop are simply: 1) learn about design thinking; 2) practice design thinking and 3) brainstorm ways to infuse design thinking in the curriculum. Attendees will learn the steps used in the design thinking process, apply it by working in teams with colleagues and ideate ways in which design thinking can be integrated into their courses and programs. Stanford University approach will be used.


Lueny Morell, MS, PE, Ing.Paed.IGIP is President of Lueny Morell & Associates and Founder & Director of InnovaHiEd, a world-class team of experts with extensive academic and industry experience offering services to help higher education leaders in transforming their institutions to better respond to their stakeholders' needs and the socioeconomic development challenges they face. With a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and Stanford University, Lueny is co-founder of NEU, a novel platform to teach engineering in Silicon Valley, California. From 2002 to 2012 she was part of the HP Labs Strategy, Open Innovation and University Relations teams and a full professor of

Chemical Engineering at University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez for 24 years, where she had various academic and administrative positions, including Director of R&D. She is an IEEE Senior Member, an ASEE Fellow and ABET Program Evaluator and has received various awards for her work, including the prestigious US National Academy of Engineering Gordon Prize for innovations in engineering education in 2006. Recognized as one of the Engineering Education Pioneers in the US in 2014, Lueny is passionate about engineering education and innovation as fundamental pillars for economic and social well-being. She is co-founder of IFEES (Past President), GEDC and SPEED. Lueny maintains a blog on topics associated with innovation and engineering education (;


Uriel Cukierman, MS, PE, Ing.Paed.IGIP h.c., Associate Director of InnovaHiEd. With a BS in Electronic Engineering from Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN) and a MS from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Uriel has been the Electronic Department founder and former Director at Technical School ORT Argentina, also the former Director of the Learning Technologies Bachelor at UTN. He is currently the President of IFEES, member of the GEDC Executive Committee and Director of the Center for Educational Research and Innovation at UTN in Argentina. He has served as the Dean of Engineering at the Universidad de Palermo and, previously, as the Information & Communications Technologies

Secretary at UTN for more than 15 years. Recently awarded as "Distinguished Educator" by the IOEM and "Honorary Professor" by the Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima, Peru. Professor Cukierman has worked as consultant for the National Communication Secretary and National Education Ministry in projects for distance learning and reducing the digital divide. Produced three books about Learning Technologies and Engineering Education, one of which was published by Pearson. Authored 5 book chapters and more than 50 papers in refereed journals and conferences. (;


Rosa Buxeda, PhD, is Director of BioTalents, the Amgen Biotechnology Lecture Series, the Pharmaceutical Industry Association Fellowship Initiative and was the former Assistant for the Strategic Planning and External Affairs for the Dean of Arts and Sciences and chairperson of the Industrial Biotechnology Program at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez (UPR-M). She is an Academic Senator and Professor of the Department of Biology with interest in industrial microbiology, educational research and strategic partnership to improve students' competencies.


Wilson Rivera, PhD, Director of the Computer Information Science and Engineering (CISE) PhD at UPRM, Wilson Rivera Is professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus (UPRM). He is the director of the doctoral program in Computing and Information Science and Engineering and the leader of the Parallel and Distributed Computing Laboratory (PDCLab) at UPRM. His research interests include parallel computing, distribute systems, and big data analytics. Wilson has been Principal Investigator of research projects funded by NSF, NASA, Hewlett Packard, and IBM and has developed industry collaborations for many years.

Agenda *2

  • Introduction (30 minutes)
  • Design Challenge ONE (30 minutes)
  • Why use design thinking? (30 minutes)
  • What is design thinking and how it is related to innovation? (30 minutes)
  • What are the steps of implementing design thinking? What are the skills needed in design thinking? (30 minutes)
  • Design Challenge, TWO (30 minutes)
  • Brainstorming ways to integrate design thinking into the curricula (30 minutes)
  • Final thoughts and workshop evaluation (10 minutes)

1 Visser, W. 2006, The cognitive artifacts of designing, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
2 All times are estimates and flexible.



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