Education

  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 2012

  • MSE, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009

  • B.E., The Cooper Union, 2007

Background

Cassandra's work in engineering sustainable systems spans machine learning from socio-technical data, design of smart feedback devices, methods for analyzing environmental impacts of design decisions, studies of human behavior in design, modeling usage contexts, and providing actionable guidelines to help designers reduce environmental impacts. Her work has been published in the textbook Product Design and Development by Ulrich and Eppinger, the Journal of Mechanical Design, the Rapid Prototyping Journal, the Journal of Cleaner Production and multiple, international conference proceedings. Current research interests include complex systems modeling, sustainability of user behavior, resource conservation, social and environmental life cycle analysis, environmental metrics, uncertainty, design for environment tools and guidelines, engineering education, systems thinking education, and the problem definition and decomposition stages of design.

Dr. Telenko's prior appointments include a postdoctoral research position in the MIT-SUTD International Design Centre with joint appointments at MIT and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). She received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to fund her graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin where she completed her MSE (2009) and PhD (2012) in Mechanical Engineering.

Research

The CASS lab solves problems at the intersection of engineering design and the social and environmental sciences and economics. Engineers usually are tasked with meeting closed-system design specifications, but those problems and specifications have many unforseen, long-term implications for our social and environmental needs. We examine the fundamental knowledge behind predicting and improving the behaviors of socio-technical systems and the practical, computational and design techniques that engineers can use for innovation.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2008-2011)

Best Paper Award - ASME IDETC Design Education Conference 2014

 

Journal Papers

Telenko C., and Seepersad C. C., 2014,  “Probabilistic Graphical Modeling of Use Stage Energy Consumption: A Lightweight Vehicle Example”,  Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 136, Issue 10.

Telenko C., and Seepersad, C.C., 2012, “A Comparison of the Energy Efficiency of Selective Laser Sintering and Injection Molding of Nylon Parts,” Rapid Prototyping Journal, Volume 18, Issue 6.

Telenko, C., and Seepersad, C.C., 2010, "A Methodology for Identifying Environmentally Conscious Guidelines for Product Design",  Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 132, Issue 9.

Book Chapters

Telenko, C, Sosa, R. and Wood, K.L., 2014, “Changing Conversations and Perceptions: The Research and Practice of Design Science”, Impact of Design Research on Practice (A. Chakrabarti and U. Lindemann, Eds.), Springer. – In Press

Representative Refereed Conference Papers

Telenko C., Camburn B.,  Hölttä-Otto K., Wood K., and Otto K., 2014, “Designettes: New Approaches to Multi-Disciplinary Engineering Design Education,” ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Buffalo, New York. Paper Number: DETC2014-35137. -  Best Paper Award

Telenko C., and Seepersad, C. C., 2014, “Scoping Usage Contexts and Scenarios in Eco-Design,” ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Buffalo, New York. Paper Number: DETC2014-34846.

Durand, J., Telenko, C., and Seepersad, C.C., 2010, "How Does Modularity Affect Green Design?" ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Montreal, Quebec, Paper Number: DETC2010-28760.

Telenko, C., Seepersad, C.C., and Webber, M. E., 2008, "A Compilation of Design for Environment Principles and Guidelines," ASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Brooklyn, New York. Paper Number: DETC2008-49651.