Center for Design and Innovation

University of Cincinnati



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University of Cincinnati

Excellence Statement

The University of Cincinnati has been involved in a variety of research and education initiatives that will serve as the foundation for a new comprehensive center of design research and innovation. Few universities can match the diverse excellence that UC brings together in an interdisciplinary core that will leverage all aspects of the university including the Medical School. The importance of brand value, integrated manufacturing and user centered design, and health and wellness are issues shared by the colleges of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), Business, Engineering, and Medicine.

Driving Economic Advancement

UCstudentDAAP.jpgThe University of Cincinnati's success in co-op, DAAP's Center for Design Research and Innovation, and the Live Well Collaborative demonstrate the ability to develop industry research partnerships that advance knowledge in the profession, and attract further design research funding and business collaboration to translate and support results into new branded concepts and products. Procter and Gamble, Ethicon 81 and LPK are examples where design staff number in the hundreds, with more than 50% being UC graduates. New product development has been a focus of a cluster of researchers in the College of Business for the past 20 years. The PACE Center also conducts extensive applied and fundamental research in PLM based Product and Process Design and Optimization, which has been funded by various local industries such as Procter and Gamble, Siemens PLM Software, General Tool Company, Ford Motor Company, Alltech Biotechnology, MAC Tools, Lenscrafters and federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation.


  • DAAP undergraduate program ranked #3 and graduate program ranked #8 in the nation.
  • Architecture and Interior Design programs are rated #2.
  • Planning program is the only such program with co-op in the country.
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering is also home to P&G's UC Simulation Center, which is equipped with state-of-the-art simulation facilities.
  • PACE in-kind gift of $420,687,130 in 2007.