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Dr. Sepideh Ghodrat is assistant professor of Shape Morphing Design at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. Her main research interests are: shape morphing design, stimulus responsive materials, shape memory materials, alloys, polymers and composites, smart material systems/actuators, 4D printing, magnetic soft memory materials, bio-based materials, waste streams, materials testing and, materials and structural properties.

What if products could adapt to the environment just like living systems in nature?

What if in the future the products are not static but display dynamic behaviour and interact with users?

As technology is transforming very rapidly, design practice needs to be adapted for the future. This involves changing from products with fixed shape to morphing shape which creates opportunities for dynamic and interactive shapes with improved performance and functionalities both technically and experientially. With Shape Morphing Design (SMD), I envision a future whereby shapes of products in our daily life will not be defined by designers perse but by the interactive process between users, product, and environment. 

My research is situated on the bridge connecting materials science and engineering to design and my main research topic focuses on applying stimuli-responsive materials as active elements in designing shape morphing/animating objects. This gives free rein to designers’ creativity to make interactive objects which have a dynamic relation with users. 

Keywords

  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • materials science and engineering
  • Material Characterization
  • smart materials
  • shape morphing design
  • shape memory materials
  • smart material systems and actuators
  • mechanics of materials

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