Education

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Brown University, 2007

Research Areas and Descriptors

CAE & Design; Innovation; Creativity; Design Theory and Methodology; Computational Design Tools; Design Science; Design Cognition; Design-by-Analogy; Data Mining

Background

Dr. Fu joined Georgia Tech in November 2014 with a joint appointment in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design.  Prior to this appointment, she has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). In May 2012, she completed her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 2009, and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University in 2007. Her work has focused on studying the engineering design process through cognitive studies, and extending those findings to the development of methods and tools to facilitate more effective and inspired design and innovation.

  • Reviewer’s Favourite Award, 2013 International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED), Fu, K., Dilmore, J., Cagan, J., Dougherty Jr., C.H., 2013, “Using Design Database Structures to Characterize Freedom-to-operate in a Design Space: A Legal Case Study”
  • Best Paper Award, 2012 ASME Design Theory and Methodology (DTM) Conference, Fu, K., Chan, J., Cagan, J., Kotovsky, K., Schunn, C., and Wood, K., 2012, “The Meaning of “Near” and “Far”: The Impact of Structuring Design Databases and the Effect of Distance of Analogy on Design Output”
  • Best Design Cognition Paper Prize, Conference on Design Computing and Cognition 2012, "The Role of Design Team Structure on Individual and Shared Mental Models"
  • John and Claire Bertucci Graduate Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • ARCS Foundation Scholar, Lawrence J. Rhoades Memorial Award, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010

Archival Journal Papers

Fu, K., Chan, J., Schunn, C., Cagan, J., and Kotovsky, K., 2013, “Expert Representation of Design Repository Space: A Comparison to and Validation of Algorithmic Output,” Design Studies, DOI: 10.1016/j.destud.2013.06.002.

Fu, K., Cagan, J., Kotovsky, K., and Wood, K., 2013, “Discovering Structure In Design Databases Through Functional And Surface Based Mapping,” J. of Mech. Des., 135 (3), 031006.

Fu, K., Chan, J., Cagan, J., Kotovsky, K., Schunn, C., and Wood, K., 2013, “The Meaning of “Near” and “Far”: The Impact of Structuring Design Databases and the Effect of Distance of Analogy on Design Output,” J. of Mech. Des., 135 (2), 021007.

Chan, J., Fu, K., Schunn, C., Cagan, J., Wood, K., and Kotovsky, K., 2011, “On the Benefits and Pitfalls of Analogies for Innovative Design: Ideation Performance Based on Analogical Distance, Commonness, and Modality of Examples,” J. of Mech. Des., 133 (8), 081004.

Fu, K., Cagan, J., and Kotovsky, K., 2010, "Design Team Convergence: The Influence of Example Solution Quality," J. of Mech. Des., 132 (11), 111005.

Linsey, J.S., Tseng, I., Fu, K., Cagan, J., Wood, K. L., and Schunn, C. D., 2010, “A Study of Design Fixation, Its Mitigation and Perception in Design Faculty,” J. of Mech. Des., 132 (4), 041003.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Publications

Murphy, J., Fu, K., Otto, K., Yang, M., Jensen, D., Wood, K.L., 2014, “Facilitating Design-by-Analogy: Development of a Complete Functional Vocabulary and Functional Vector Approach to Analogical Search”, Proceedings of the ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, August 17-20, 2014, Buffalo, NY.

Fu, K., Murphy, J., Yang, M., Otto, K., Jensen, D., Wood, K.L., 2013, “Investigating the Effect of Functionality Level of Analogical Stimulation on Design Outcomes”, Proceedings of The 13th Design Engineering Workshop, November 28 - 30, 2013, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan.

Fu, K., Reid, T.N., Terpenny, J.P., Thurston, D.L., Vance, J.M., Finger, S., Wiens, G.J., Kazerounian, K., Allen, J.K., Jacobson, K., 2013, “Ac 2013 - 6781: Broadening Participation: A Report On A Series Of Workshops Aimed At Building Community And Increasing The Number Of Women And Minorities In Engineering Design,” Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, June 23-26, Atlanta, Georgia.

Fu, K., Chan, J., Schunn, C., Cagan, J., Kotovsky, K., 2013,“ Substantiating the Basis for an Automated Design-by-Analogy Tool through Comparison to Expert Thinking,” Proceedings of the ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, August 4-7, 2013, Portland, Oregon.

Fu, K., Dilmore, J., Cagan, J., Dougherty Jr., C.H., 2013, “Using Design Database Structures to Characterize Freedom-to-operate in a Design Space: A Legal Case Study,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, August 19-22, 2013, Seoul, South Korea.

Fu, K., Chan, J., Cagan, J., Kotovsky, K., Schunn, C., and Wood, K., 2012, “The Meaning of “Near” and “Far”: The Impact of Structuring Design Databases and the Effect of Distance of Analogy on Design Output,” Proceedings of the ASME Design Theory and Methodology Conference, Chicago, IL.

Wood, M., Chen, P., Fu, K., Cagan, J., and Kotovsky, K., 2012, "The Role of Design Team Structure on Individual and Shared Mental Models," Proceedings of the  Conference on Design Computing and Cognition, College Station, TX.

Chan, J., Fu, K., Schunn, C., Cagan, J., Wood, K., and Kotovsky, K., 2011, “On the Benefits and Pitfalls of Analogies for Innovative Design: Ideation Performance Based on Analogical Distance, Commonness, and Modality of Examples,” Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Engineering Design, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Fu, K., Cagan, J., Kotovsky, K., 2011, “A Methodology for Discovering Structure in Design Databases,” Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Engineering Design, Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Fu, K., Cagan, J., Kotovsky, K., and Wood, K., 2011, “Discovering Structure In Design Databases Through Functional And Surface Based Mapping,” Proceedings of the ASME Design Theory and Methodology Conference, Washington, D.C.

Fu, K., Cagan, J., and Kotovsky, K., 2009, “Design Team Convergence: The Influence of Example Solution Quality,” Proceedings of the ASME Design Theory and Methodology Conference, San Diego, CA.

Linsey, J.S., Tseng, I., Fu, K., Cagan, J., and Wood, K. L., 2009, “Reducing and Perceiving Design Fixation: Initial Results from an NSF-Sponsored Workshop,” Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Engineering Design, Stanford, CA.

Patents

Cheung, T., Fu, K., Jura, J., Kaushal, N., Sato, G., Theis, P., "Stowable Table Unit System for a Vehicle," United States Patent Number 8096599,Issued 17 January 2012, Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC