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Engineering, Innovation, and Design at Yale

Release Date:
9/20/2013 9:00 AM

Eric Dufresne, features Eric Dufresne


The Alvine Engineering Professional Effectiveness and Enrichment Program will present a lecture by Dr. Eric Dufresne describing the philosophy and implementation of CEID and give examples of how it has had a positive impact on students, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the University as a whole.

Yale’s new Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID) brings together students and scholars from across the university to learn, make and share.  The Center offers a wide range of activities from informal workshops to for-credit courses.  It enables s collaboration and creativity by providing space, equipment, materials, training, advice, and community-building social events.  Since CEID's opening in the fall of 2012, more than 1000 people have joined our community by completing a 90 minute orientation.  CEID members use our resources for coursework, research, clubs, entrepreneurship, workshops, outreach and social events.


Dr. Dufresne is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science. He has joint appointments in chemical engineering, physics, applied physics and cell biology.  He is the inaugural director of the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design.  

In 1996, Dr. Dufresne graduate of Yale College and earned his Ph.D with David Grier in the Physics department at the University of Chicago in 2000.  In the fall of 2000, He and Grier helped to found Arryx, a company dedicated to developing and applying holographic optical tweezers.  In 2001-2002, he consulted in the Washington, DC office of McKinsey & Co.  From 2002-2004, Dr. Dufresne worked as a post-doctoral fellow with Dave Weitz in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.


Oct. 16, from 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.               


The Schumann Auditorium in the Tagliatela College of Engineering, Room B120, University of New Haven

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The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico and California. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.