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Jonathan Cagan is the George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His career spans collaborative and innovative work in education, research, and industry.

Researching engineering design automation and methods, Cagan merges AI, machine learning, and optimization methods with cognitive science problem solving. One focal area is the cognitive basis and computational modeling of designer processes to improve the effectiveness of human designerswith a focus on hybrid human/AI teams. Another area includes computational methods for the design and diagnosis of biomechanical systems. An additional focus is in user-centered design and integrated product development practice. He exemplifies the college’s culture of advanced collaboration, having worked with engineers, psychologists, neuro-scientists, marketers, designers, computer scientists, and architects in his work.

At Carnegie Mellon, Cagan co-founded and co-directed the Integrated Innovation Institute and served as associate dean for graduate and faculty affairs and chief academic officer of the College of Engineering. Cagan was recently honored with the Robert A. Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education. Active in professional societies and editorial boards, Cagan is a Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was awarded with the ASME Design Theory and Methodology Award. He has authored several books, more than 250 publications, and is an inventor on multiple patents.

Office
4128 Wean Hall
Phone
412.268.3713
Email
cagan@cmu.edu
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Jonathan Cagan
Curriculum Vitae
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Integrated Design Innovation Group

Design and Innovation

Education

1990 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

1985 MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester

1983 BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester

Media mentions


CMU Engineering

Predictive placentas: Using AI to protect mothers’ future pregnancies

In partnership with UPMC, Carnegie Mellon researchers developed a machine learning approach for examining placenta samples to determine if mothers are at risk for complications in future pregnancies.

CMU Mechanical Engineering

Cagan receives ASME award

MechE’s Jonathan Cagan has been named the 2020 recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award.

Mechanical Engineering

Cagan earns ASME award

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers recognizes Jonathan Cagan with the Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award.

Mechanical Engineering

Transforming the toolbox

The true impact of AI and machine learning occurs when these technologies are translated into the physical world. This is the role of mechanical engineers — and we’re leading the way.

ZME Science

Cagan research on training AI in design featured

ZME Science featured a new study by MechE’s Jon Cagan and Ph.D. candidate Ayush Raina that shows how artificial intelligence (AI) can be trained to learn complex design problems.

CMU Engineering

AI learns to design

AI agents imitate engineers to construct effective new designs using visual cues like humans do.

CMU Engineering

Cagan receives ASME Design Automation Award

Jon Cagan, interim dean of Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded the Design Automation Award from the the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

CMU Engineering

CMU crowned hacking champs for fifth time in seven years

Carnegie Mellon University’s competitive hacking team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning (PPP), just won its fifth hacking world championship in seven years at this year’s DefCon security conference.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

CMU crowned hacking champs for fifth time in seven years

Carnegie Mellon University’s competitive hacking team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning (PPP), just won its fifth hacking world championship in seven years at this year’s DefCon security conference.

CMU Engineering

President of Rwanda meets with CMU students

On Thursday May 30, a delegation of Project Rwanda students and alumni from Carnegie Mellon’s Africa, Qatar, and Pittsburgh campuses were hosted by H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda at his office, Urugwiro Village, in Kigali, Rwanda.

KT Press

Cagan quoted in KT Press on CMU-Africa graduation

Interim Dean Jonathan Cagan was quoted in the KT Press about this year's CMU-Africa graduation, including he size and diversity of the class and the quality of the student projects. “These outstanding projects reflect the promise that entrepreneurship and technological development offer to both strengthen the economy and serve the needs of the continent,” said Cagan.

CMU Engineering

Congratulations Carnegie Mellon University Africa Class of 2019

Carnegie Mellon University Africa is proud to announce that 51 students graduated today, June 2, 2019, in Kigali, Rwanda.