The CEDAR lab has evolved and grown from individual labs to a collaborative group of faculty and students focused on understanding, enabling, practicing, and improving engineering design. A couple of papers have been shared that talk about the lab, philosophy, and impact. Students interested in the lab should review these papers and reflect on whether this is the right fit for them.
The lab has its origins in several predecessors:
- CREDO (Clemson Research in Engineering Design and Optimization)
- The lab was founded by Dr. Fadel in 1992 when he joined the faculty at Clemson University. The focus of the lab was initially on computational methods and algorithms to support engineering design, additive manufacturing, and virtual reality.
- AID (Automation in Design)
- The lab was founded by Dr. Summers in 2002 when he joined the faculty at Clemson University. The focus of the lab was initially on computational enabler development, specifically extending the design exemplar into a CAD query language, and collaborative design. The collaborative design emphasis within AID was the first efforts within the Department of Mechanical Engineering that used experimental methods and systematic study of designers.
- EIML (Engineering Information Modeling Lab)
- The lab was founded by Dr. Mocko in 2006 when he joined the faculty at Clemson University. The focus of the lab was initially on supporting information and systems engineering for engineering design and manufacturing processes. With an emphasis on ontological development and design tool definition, the lab worked closely with industry to meet their needs.
- DICE (Design Information and Computation in Engineering)
- This lab was relocated to Clemson University by Dr. Turner in 2016. The lab is evolving with emphases in surrogate modeling, computational design synthesis, design practice, and additive manufacturing.