The REID Lab at Purdue University is dedicated to quantifying and integrating human-centered considerations in the design process and human-machine systems. The research conducted here spans projects related to design, trust in human machine systems, and those that we deem "interesting human centered problems".

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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

July 2021

Dr. Reid Smith along with colleagues, Dr. Carlotta Berry, and Dr. Monica F. Cox accepted the first annual ASEE Constituent Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CDEI) Award for their work with other faculty on Black in Engineering and also delivered the Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Christopher Carr.

May 2021

Albin Prince John joins the REID Lab! Welcome Albin!

April 2021

Dr. Reid Smith shared How a professor learned to bring compassion to engineering and design on The Conversation).

August 2020

Dr. Reid Smith is a Visiting Scholar at NASA working with the Convergent Aeronautics Solutions (CAS) Project.

June 2020

Jake Hunter joins the REID Lab! Welcome Jake!