2024 Investiture Information

People and Places | 2022-2023

The Design Initiative at Dartmouth (DIAD) is headquartered in the Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center in the Stuart Family Design Commons, and led by dedicated, creative, and interdisciplinary leaders from engineering and the liberal arts.

Dedicated Spaces for Design

DIAD is headquartered in the Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center in the Stuart Family Design Commons.

Warm light illuminates the windows from the inside of the Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center at dusk.

The Stuart Design Commons at Dartmouth

Located inside the new engineering and computer sciences center, Stuart Design Commons include the Design Loft, Design Lab, and a 48-seat tech-enabled active learning classroom. These dedicated spaces have helped further activate student and faculty interest in design. The Design Lab currently hosts three engineering graduate students, nine undergraduates from the ENGS 85.11: Computer Aided Design and Kinematics course, and two researchers. The Design Loft hosts a large variety of workshops (hosted by DIAD, Thayer, or across Dartmouth), study groups, meetings, lectures, showcases — averaging six different groups reserving the Design Lab per week.

Several standing table stations, couches, and chairs are set up in rows in the Design Loft room.
The Design Loft
People walking in ECSC
Stuart Design Commons is located on the ground floor of Class of 1982 Engineering & Computer Science Center.

Collaborations with University of New Hampshire

Through the generosity of Brian ’99 and Jana Neff ’00, Dartmouth students have the opportunity to engage in 3D metal printing in on advanced manufacturing equipment at the University of New Hampshire's Olson Center for Advanced Manufacturing. Since the 2022 fall term, students have been actively working in 3D metal printing for their ENGS 89/90 projects.

students work together in the makerspace
The Cable Makerspace is available for anyone at Dartmouth to design, create, and make.
Students dive into hands-on design projects in the Couch II Project Lab.
Students dive into hands-on design projects in the Couch II Project Lab.

DIAD’s People

Led by Co-Directors Eugene Korsunskiy and Sol Diamond from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, DIAD draws from the expertise of an interdisciplinary steering committee.

The committee, comprised of 17 faculty across 12 departments, work to support DIAD's mission, facilitate cross-campus connections, generate ideas for new programs, and promote multidisciplinary design efforts that ensure meaningful engagement with all Dartmouth students and faculty.

Dean Alexis Abramson talks to Professors Eugene Korsunskiy and Sol Diamond, co-directors of DIAD.
Dean Alexis Abramson talks to Professors Eugene Korsunskiy and Sol Diamond, co-directors of DIAD.