The REID Lab at Purdue University is dedicated to design research and the development of methodologies that keep the end-user at the center of the design process and also supports the decision-making of engineers and designers.

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Mechanical Engineering

We integrate engineering concepts and fundamentals most relevant to the problems being addressed.


We consider the end-users and designers in the design process. We are especially interested in problems that impact the “every day” person.


We examine ways to enhance engineering and design education to help engineers be better problem solvers and thinkers.

Design Methodology

Design science is an interdisciplinary approach for addressing engineering design problems that cannot be adequately addressed by one discipline. We use design science as a basis for doing our research in engineering and design.

Sensors & Eye Tracking

We use various bio-sensors and eye-tracking technology to learn more about the people involved in the design process or impacted by engineering decisions.

REID Lab News

April 2018

Dr. Reid was approved for tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor by the board of trustees.

March 2018

Jaesik Hahn successfully defended his dissertation "How Heat Affects Human Hair: Thermal Characterization and Predictive Modeling of Flat Ironing Results". Congratulations Jaesik!

November 2017

Dr. Reid was a panelist on the topic "Equity & Design: Impact Design as Inclusive Design" at the Impact Design Education Summit held at UC-Berkeley's Blum Center for Developing Economies.

October 2017

Dr. Reid was awarded with the Integrative System Design (ISD) alumni award at the University of Michigan.

August 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Wan-Lin Hu on her graduation from Purdue University!