216 Dearborn

Research Interests:

  • Bio-inspired design
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Computational concept generation



  • Product Design
  • Solar House Design
  • Complex System Design

Dr. Stones passion is product design and innovation. His work takes inspiration and analogies from biology, nature, and existing products to then design new and innovative products and systems.  His main tool for doing so is by reverse engineering products, modeling them in a unique way by looking at their functionality, and storing that information in a design repository and finding efficient ways of generating new design concepts using that data base to innovate not only every day products but also renewable systems like the solar house.