Supporting Cross-Boundary Design Work

Building theory and methods to improve design across cultural, organizational, and knowledge boundaries

image credits: TechnipFMC/Lean Enterprise Institute, 2017, USA (top); Eric Brubaker, 2016, Zambia (bottom)


Brubaker, E., Bellesia, F., Mattarelli. E., & Hinds, P. Co-Creative Boundary Management: How Co-Creative Capacity is Developed in an Open Innovation Community. (Under review).

Brubaker, E.R., Sheppard, S.D., Hinds, P.D., Yang, M.C. Objects of Collaboration: Roles of Objects in Spanning Knowledge Group Boundaries in Design. (In Press). Journal of Mechanical Design. (link to paper)

Brubaker, E.R., Sheppard, S.D., Hinds, P.D., Yang, M.C. Objects of Collaboration: Roles of Objects in Spanning Knowledge Boundaries in a Design Company. (2022). ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, St. Louis, MO. ASME Design Theory & Methodology Best Paper of the Year. (link to paper)

Brubaker, E.R., Carl Jensen, Silungwe, S., Sheppard, S.D., & Yang, M.C. (2017). Co-Design in Zambia: An Examination of Design Outcomes. Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED). (link to paper)

Select Presentations

Brubaker, E.R., Sastry, M.A., Bernal, M.A., (2016). When and When Not to Co-Create? Precursors for Co-Creation. VentureWell Conference.

Expanding Conceptions of Design Expertise

Building theories of design expertise that include the thinking and practices of designers beyond those who have been studied to date (predominantly white designers from the United States and Europe).

Credit: Robert Shimaingo and Stephen Mvula, Kafue Innovation Centre, Zambia

Select Presentations

Brubaker, E.R. Situated design expertise: An expert-expert think-aloud study with Kenyan and American designers. (2021). Invited abstract and presentation at the International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED) AFRICA-DESIGN Workshop. (link to abstract)

Brubaker, E.R. "In being worked on" A spoken word poem. (2019). 14th Annual Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace (ESJP) Conference. (link to abstract)

Advancing Equity in Design Education

Examining disparities in access to learning resources and supporting equitable practices in engineering learning environments

image credit: Theo St. Francis, 2018, USA


Brubaker, E.R., Mbaezue, C.G., & Sheppard, S.D. Access to Help: Help-Asking Frames and Disparities in Help Received in a Makerspace. (Under review).

Brubaker, E.R., Trego, M., Cohen, S., & Taha, K. (2022). Partnerships Compass: Guiding questions for equitable and impactful engineering community-engaged learning. Advances in Engineering Education. (link to paper)

Brubaker, E. R., Kohn, M. D., & Sheppard, S. D. (2019). Comparing Outcomes Of Introductory Makerspace Courses: The Roles of Reflection And Multi-Age Communities of Practice. International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM). (link to paper)

Intellectual Communities

The Design Society

American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)

Engineering, Social Justice, & Peace Network (ESJP)

Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW) & Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI)

American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)