Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

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Preparatory Workshops 

Exclusive to those students participating in the PhD-Community initiative

Workshop 1: Design Thinking: Creating Better Solutions to Present-Day Challenges

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (continental breakfast at 8:30 am; a light lunch will be served)

Location: Ellis Hall Room 333

Presenters: Dr. Sidneyeve Matrix (Department of Film and Media) and Dr. Jim McLellan (Department of Chemical Engineering)


This workshop will cover principles of the Design Thinking method from creative listening and observation, to brainstorming, prototyping, and collaborating with stakeholders. Participants will learn how to increase the creativity quotient in their everyday lives and will actively engage in the three phases of design thinking: inspiration (defining the challenge, observing and forming insights, and drawing from empathy for people), ideation (forming possible solutions to problems), and implementation (developing prototypes and experiments to gather feedback and iterate on solutions).

Workshop 2: Working Effectively as a Team.

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (continental breakfast at 8:30 am)

Location: Gordon Hall Room 302

Presenter: Diana Drury (Director, Team and Executive MBA / Master Coaching Programs, Smith School of Business)

Description: This interactive workshop will go through the essentials of working effectively as a team and managing a collaborative project to completion. You will learn how to arrive at agreement on team practices and processes, team decision-making, project planning and scheduling, monitoring and reporting progress, and positive management of unforeseen constraints or challenges. By the end of the session, each team will have identified a team coordinator, budget officer, and a plan outlining next steps to ensure the project gets underway.