Hydrogen Storage Need

Keck Foundation supports innovative materials research

Keck Foundation supports innovative materials research for applications such as hydrogen storage


OSU a partner in $320 million “digital manufacturing” initiative

President Obama Speaks on Manufacturing Innovation

New Approach Revolutionizes Design and Manufacturing

Tumer and lab team studying results from model-based system analysis of candidate designs

Sheet Metal Shape

Automated Shape Design from Graphs

Sheet metal design showing the spatial constraints and the resulting topologies using the topological and parametric tune and prune method.

Robust Grid

Robust Design of Large Scale Systems

Robust Design of large scale systems, such as a power grid, is a strength of the Design Engineering Lab's Research.

The KINdReD Project

Rob Stone's PhD student Jessie Armstrong contemplates how to proceed in the design of inclusive products.

Doing a PhD will make you smile

PhD Candidate Ryan Arlitt finally get the results he needs.


Global Formula Racing

Dr. Paasch has lead the Global Formula Racing team to many successes!


Design, which is the integration of scientific methods and creative approaches, has been a primary driver of human prosperity throughout history.

School of Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing Engineering Design Engineering Lab

Our research focuses on understanding and improving the process of design in order to facilitate the creation of new technologies that never before existed.

With seven active faculty, the Design Engineering Lab is the largest academic mechanical engineering design research lab in the US. Our students research and develop methods and computational tools for improving the engineering design process. These apply to a wide range applications area and design teams – from large industries creating complex systems down to specialized teams working on idiosyncratic products. The particular areas of strong research within the lab include:

  1. Design of energy systems
  2. Applied numerical optimization
  3. Analysis of complex systems
  4. Computer aided design and design automation.

While the lab is more of an organization than a location, we are centered in the north-eastern end of OSU's campus in Dearborn, Rogers, Batcheller, and Covell - with an epicenter in Dearborn 100.

The Design Engineering Lab is focused on research and education. We are an ever-changing center with continuous need for the most capable and thoughtful students and the most exciting research funding opportunities. See the videos below to learn more!