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Daniela Faas, Ph.D.

Daniela Faas

Assistant Professor of the Practice
Director of Fabrication and Laboratory Operations


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Iowa State University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Bucknell University
B.S., B.A., Mechanical Engineering, International Relations, Bucknell University

Select Courses Taught

Introduction to Mechanical Prototyping
Design for Manufacturing
Principles of Engineering


Engineering Design Education
Virtual Reality
Computer Aided Design
Fabrication and Making


Prior to joining Olin College, Dr. Faas was the senior preceptor in design instruction at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University. Dr. Faas was a Shapiro postdoctoral fellow in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT after receiving her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction from Iowa State University. Dr. Faas graduated from Bucknell University with her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and joint B.S./B.A. in Mechanical Engineering and International Relations.  Dr. Faas is currently a research affiliate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Her research focuses on developing low cost immersive Virtual Reality applications for products and systems, early stage design process and methodology and engineering education.

Select Publications

Q. Bao, D. Faas and M.C. Yang. Benefits and Limitations of Sketching & Prototyping in Early Stage Design. Accepted to The Fourth International Conference on Design Creativity (4th ICDC), 2016.
D. Faas, S. Gong. Improving Novelty and Quality during introductory mechanical design competitions. Proceedings of ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC16-59251).
C. Lombardo, D. Faas, A. Uttamchandani. Improving Design Competency in Introductory Engineering Courses within a General Education Requirement. Proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2016 (ASEE2016-15839).
G. Hein, M. Verstraete, D. Peters, A. Lucietto, D. Obannon, D. Faas, J. Nagel. The Changing Role of Professional Societies for Academics. Proceedings of ASEE Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2016 (ASEE2016-375625).