Message From the Dean

Guy Boy The School of Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Art is a place where students are welcome to create not only technology, but also new organizations and people’s activities and jobs. They learn to be the designers of possible futures, focusing on design thinking, creativity and innovation. Human-Centered Design (HCD) is a persistent evolution of Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE), which was essentially practiced after the product was developed. HCD focuses on human and organizational factors at design time as well as during the whole life cycle of a product. HCD includes Human-Computer Interaction and Interaction Design, and is strongly based on modeling and simulation, especially human-in-the-loop simulation. Our students learn to think about people and their environment as a dynamic, ever changing system. They learn how to work with others and extend their personal skills and knowledge to produce tangible things to enhance and improve our living environment. The School of Human Centered Design, Innovation and Art was created after and is supported by the Human-Centered Design Institute (HCDi) to move from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to STEAM, where “A” is Arts. School of Human Centered Design, Innovation and Art provides a unique design platform for graduate students (Masters, Ph.D., and Post-Doc), but also undergraduate interns, for the generation of designers and leaders of the 21st century. We focus on daily life, as well as complex problems that are addressed by interdisciplinary solutions, through the development of knowledge and skills to support critical thinking while designing new systems, functions, structures, environments and organizations. We believe that risk taking must be learned, managed and mastered toward effective and safe solutions via successful leadership. Finally, enthusiasm and an enjoyable experience are essential parts of School of Human Centered Design, Innovation and Art, which is constantly promoted in our school and also designed by our students.

Guy André Boy, Ph.D.
Dean and University Professor