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The Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Carolyn C. Seepersad

Carolyn Conner Seepersad is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (Associate Professor, Effective September 1, 2012). She received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2004, an MA/BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University in 1998, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University in 1996. She is a former Rhodes Scholar, Hertz Fellow, and NSF Graduate Fellow. Dr. Seepersad’s research involves the development of methods and computational tools for engineering design and additive manufacturing. Her research interests include simulation-based design of complex systems and materials, design for additive manufacturing, innovation, and environmentally conscious design of products and energy systems. In 2009, Dr. Seepersad was the inaugural recipient of the International Outstanding Young Researcher Award in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing from the additive manufacturing community. In 2010, she received the University of Texas Regents’ and Dean’s Awards for Outstanding Teaching by an Assistant Professor; the Regents' award is the highest teaching award for faculty in The University of Texas System. Dr. Seepersad is the recipient of a Best Paper Award for the 2009 ASME Design Theory and Methodology Conference and two best paper awards for the 2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. She is also the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications and one book. She annually organizes a DAC special session on Design of Multiscale Engineering Systems, and she co-organizes the annual Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium. She is also a co-organizer of the 2011 NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, a symposium organized by the NAE for a select group of emerging engineering leaders ages 30-45, and she was competitively selected to participate in the symposium in 2010. She teaches courses on product design, additive manufacturing, and design of complex engineered systems.

Most Recent Publications

  1. Tilstra, A.H., Seepersad, C.C., Wood, K.L., "A High Definition Design Structure Matrix (HDDSM) for the Quantitative Assessment of Product Architecture," Journal Of Engineering Design, (2012)
  2. Telenko, C., Seepersad, C.C., "A Comparison of the Energy Efficiency of Selective Laser Sintering and Injection Molding of Nylon Parts," Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 18, (2012), 6, pp. 472-481
  3. Shahan, D.W., Seepersad, C.C., "Bayesian Network Classifiers for Set-Based Collaborative Design," Journal Of Mechanical Design, Vol. 134, (2012), 7, pp. 1-14
  4. Oman, S.K., Tumer, I.Y., Wood, K.L., Seepersad, C.C., "A Comparison of Creativity and Innovation Metrics and Sample Validation through In-Class Design Projects," Research In Engineering Design, (2012)
  5. Kashdan, L., Seepersad, C.C., Haberman, M., Wilson, P., "Design, Fabrication, and Evaluation of Negative Stiffness Elements Using Selective Laser Sintering," Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 18, (2012), 3, pp. 194-200
  6. Genco, N., Holtta-Otto, K., Seepersad, C.C., "An Experimental Investigation of the Innovation Capabilities of Undergraduate Engineering Students," Journal Of Engineering Education, Vol. 101, (2012), 1, pp. 60-81
  7. Backlund, P.B., Shahan, D.W., Seepersad, C.C., "A Comparative Study of the Scalability of Alternative Metamodeling Techniques," Engineering Optimization, Vol. 44, (2012), 7, pp. 767-786
  8. Saunders, M., Seepersad, C.C., Holtta-Otto, K., "The Characteristics of Innovative Mechanical Products," ASME Journal Of Mechanical Design, Vol. 133, (2011), 2, pp. 1-9
  9. Maheshwaraa, U., Seepersad, C.C., "Topology Design and Freeform Fabrication of Deployable Structures with Lattice Skins," Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 17, (2011), 1, pp. 5-16
  10. Genco, N., Holtta-Otto, K., Seepersad, C.C., "An Experimental Investigation of the Innovation Capabilities of Engineering Students," Journal Of Engineering Education, (2011)