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Fostering progress through collaboration & innovation

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I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward. David Livingstone

PACE Global Design and Manufacturing Center


Professors Brigid O'Kane, Industrial Design DAAP and Sam Anand, Mechanical Engineering CEAS have partnered since 2002 to collaborate in teaching students how to design mobility devices -- cars, bicycles, trains, and everything you can imagine that helps people move, now and in the future. Their transportation studios design award-winning vehicles and compete at the international level -- and win. PACE is a project sponsored by GM that stands for Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education. The UC faculty from Engineering and Design have brought students to competitions and won prizes in addition to teaching studios and classes. Here are some of the current and recent activities:

Collaborative Projects and Competitions

  • Portable Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) Global PACE Competition
    This is a PACE global competition involving thirty-five universities/colleges on seven different teams. To make up one of the seven global teams the University of Cincinnati’s Industrial Design and Graphic Communications students were teamed with four PACE Engineering Institutions; 1) RWTH Aachen University (Germany), 2) ITESM Estado de Mexico (Mexico), 3) Michigan Tech University (USA), and 4) University of Cincinnati - Engineering (USA). One final design will be selected and presented with other global competitive projects at the Annual PACE Forum in 2013. The winning design will be built as a full size running prototype in academic year 2013-2014 by the engineers in collaboration with design. Main collaborative partners from the University of Cincinnati include Professors Ben Meyer from Graphic Communication Design and Sam Anand from the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • Academic years 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. 2012 Interior Motives Competition Integrated this competition into a main Industrial Design studio allowing UC students to participate in this global competition for the first time. After the initial judging two students, Richard Schieber and Ross Damman, were finalists on the short list. One of the two
    students, Richard Schieber, was listed in the top twelve.
  • Spring 2012.  Innovative Mobility Solutions (IMS) Global PACE Competition. This was a global PACE design competition where fourteen Industrial Design and four Engineering students from UC competed against nine global teams. One final design from UC
    was selected and presented at the 2012 Annual PACE Forum in Shanghai China in July. Brendan Oberkircher presented his final concept in Shanghai and won four different awards; 1) Best Human Factors and Ergonomics, 2) Best Interior, 3) Best Collaboration, and
    4) Best Overall. Main collaborative partner was Professor Sam Anand.
  • Academic year 2011-12
    The Sustainable Urban Transportation (SUT) Global PACE Project
    Regional Leader for this global collaborative competition.
    This was a two year collaborative project. The first year included the University of Cincinnati’s transportation designs studio and four PACE Engineering Institutions; 1) University of Pennsylvania (USA), 2) McMaster University (Canada), 3) University of British Columbia (Canada), and 4) University of Cincinnati - Engineering (USA). This global team included 12 Industrial Design students and 44 Engineering student, making up one of seven global PACE teams. This collaborative project was integrated into two main Industrial Design studio courses. One design concept by Joel Fliehler, was selection and presented at the 2011 Annual PACE Forum in July at University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C. where the team won 3rd Place in Manufacturing. The SUT project continued for a second academic year included 1 Industrial Design student (Joel Fliehler) and 13 students from the College of Engineering and Applied Science, who again competed against the seven global PACE teams. This project was presented at the 2012 Annual PACE Forum on July 25, 2012 in Shanghai China, and the team won an award for the Most Improved Project. Main collaborative partner was Professor Sam Anand from the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Academic years 2010-2011 and
  • 2011-2012 PACE Systems Thinking Project A multi-modal transportation collaborative project including 9 Transportation Design Track students and 8 Mechanical Engineering students. Main collaborative partner was Professor Sam Anand from the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

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