Viswanathan, Vimal




Vimal Viswanathan, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
333 "Chappie" James Center
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088

Phone: 334 727 8661 (Office)
979 571 2396 (Mobile)
Fax : 334 727 8090
Email: vviswanathan@mytu.tuskegee.edu
For updated information and additional details, please visit: http://vviswanathan.weebly.com/

Education
PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2012
MS in Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2010
B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India, 2005

Research Interests
Engineering Design, Design Creativity & Innovation, Building & Prototyping, Idea Generation, Engineering Education

Previous Employers
2012 – 2014: Post-doctoral Research Associate, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
2013 – 2013: Instructor (part-time), Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
2008 – 2012: Research Assistant, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
2012 – 2012: Instructor (part-time), Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
2005 – 2008: Design Engineer, Larsen & Toubro Limited, Surat, India


Recent Research Publications (Selected)
(For more details and updated list, please visit the above mentioned website)
  1. Viswanathan, V., and Linsey, J., " The Role of Sunk Cost in Engineering Idea Generation: An Experimental Investigation", ASME Transactions: Journal of Mechanical Design 135(12), pp. 121002, DOI: 10.1115/1.4025290.
  2. Viswanathan, V., and Linsey, J., 2013, "Design Fixation and its Mitigation: a Study on the Role of Expertise", ASME Transactions: Journal of Mechanical Design, 135 (5), pp. 051008, DOI: 10.1115/1.4024123.
  3. Viswanathan, V., and Linsey, J., 2012, "Physical Models and Design Thinking: A Study of Functionality, Novelty and Variety of Ideas", ASME Transactions: Journal of Mechanical Design, 134(9), pp. 091004, DOI: 10.1115/1.4007148.
  4. Viswanathan, V., Atilola, O., Esposito, N. and Linsey, J., “A Study on the Role of Physical Models in the Mitigation of Design Fixation,” Journal of Engineering Design (In Press).
  5. Linsey, J., Viswanathan, V., 2013, “Overcoming Cognitive Challenges in Bio-inspired Design and Analogy”, in A. Goel, D.A. McAdams and R.B. Stone (Eds.) Biologically Inspired Design: Computational Methods and Tools, Springer, New York, pp. 221-244.
  6. Viswanathan, V., and Linsey, J., 2013, “Examining Design Fixation in Engineering Idea Generation: The Role of Example Modality,” International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation, 1(2), pp. 109-129.
  7. Linsey, J., and Viswanathan, V., 2010, “Innovation Skills for Tomorrow’s Sustainable Designers,” International Journal of Engineering Education, 26(2), pp. 451-461.
  8. Naim, A., English, K., Lewis, K., Schmidt, S., Viswanathan, V., Linsey, J., McAdams, D., Bishop, B., Campbell, M., Poppa, K, Stone, R.B., and Orsborn, S., 2010, “Impacting Designer Creativity through IT-Enabled Concept Generation.” ASME Transactions, Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering (JCISE) Special Issue on Knowledge-Based Design, 10(3), DOI: 031007.
  9. Viswanathan, V. and Linsey, J., 2013, “Training Future Designers: A Study on the Role of Physical Models,” ASEE Annual Conference 2013, Atlanta, GA.
  10. Viswanathan, V. and Linsey, J., 2012, “Physical Modeling in Design Projects: Development and Testing of a New Design Method,” ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Seattle, WA.
  11. Viswanathan, V. and Linsey, J., 2012, “Physical Examples in Engineering Idea Generation: An Experimental Investigation,” International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC2012), Glasgow, UK.
  12. Viswanathan, V. and Linsey, J., 2012, “A Study on the Role of Expertise in Design Fixation and its Mitigation”, 2012 ASME IDETC – Design Theory and Methodology Conference, Chicago, IL.
  13. Viswanathan, V., Esposito, N. and Linsey, J., 2012, “Training Tomorrow’s Designers: a Study on Design Fixation”, ASEE Annual Conference 2012, San Antonio, TX.
  14. Viswanathan, V. and Linsey J., 2012, “Build to Learn: Effective Strategies to Train Tomorrow’s Designers”, ASEE Annual Conference 2012, San Antonio, TX.
  15. Viswanathan, V., and Linsey, J., 2011, "Understanding Physical Models in Design Cognition: A Triangulation of Qualitative and Laboratory Studies", ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Rapid City, SD. 
  16. Viswanathan, V., and Linsey, J., 2011, "Design Fixation in Physical Modeling: An Investigation on the Role of Sunk Cost", ASME IDETC-Design Theory and Methodology Conference, Washington, DC. 
  17. Viswanathan, V., and Linsey, J., 2011, “Understanding Fixation: A Study on the Role of Expertise” International Conference on Engineering Design, Kobenhavn, Denmark.
  18. Viswanathan, V., and Linsey, J., 2011, "Physical Models and Design Cognition: Triangulating Controlled Lab Studies with Industrial Case Studies", International Conference on Research into Design, Bangalore, India.
  19. Viswanathan, V., and Linsey, J., 2010, “Physical Models in the Idea Generation Process: Hindrance or Help?” Proceedings of the 2010 ASME IDETC-Design Theory and Methodology Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.