Welcome, Santosh Jagtap, postdoctoral research fellow!

Dr Santosh Jagtap is a post-doc researcher at BTH employed during the spring of 2017 working with supporting engineering decision making. Santosh is part of the KKS research profile "Model Driven Development and Decision Support".

Santosh Jagtap, PhD.

Who are you and what is your background?

I hold B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Shivaji University, India, an M.Des. in Product Design from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and a Ph.D. (year 2008) in ‘Knowledge Management in Design’ from the University of Cambridge, UK. Before joining Ph.D. at Cambridge, I also worked at IDEAS lab in IISc on a project aimed at enhancing creativity of designers. I worked as a post-doc researcher both at TU Delft and Lund University. At Lund University, I also worked as an Assistant Professor (Biträdande Universitetslektor) in Industrial Design and Innovation Engineering divisions.

What do you do in research?

The major focus of my research is on understanding and improving design processes in a variety of contexts. So far, I have undertaken research in numerous areas, covering topics such as design creativity and cognition, product service systems, knowledge management in design, product aesthetics, and design for and with resource-limited societies (e.g. Design at the Base of the Pyramid).

For example, my Ph.D. research, carried out in collaboration with the aerospace industry in the UK, aimed at understanding the designers’ in-service information requirements in the milieu of product service systems and supporting them to more effectively use in-service information in the design process. For the post-doc research, I worked in the area of Design at the BoP, for example, I identified different issues and strategies that businesses use to design and develop products and services for the underprivileged people living at the BoP. Furthermore, I completed other projects within the field BoP, e.g. comparing design processes for the BoP and ToP (ToP - Top of the Pyramid, e.g. developed countries) and exploring the design of product service systems at the BoP.

Within the field of design creativity, I worked on a project aimed at enhancing creativity of designers by seeking inspiration from natural systems (e.g. bio-inspired design). I have also identified interdependency between the metrics – ‘average novelty’ and ‘variety’. Recently, I developed a refined method to assess novelty of ideas and products. I am also interested in the field of product aesthetics, specifically in understanding and improving the process of shaping products. The projects carried out are: (1) identifying intended consumer response that professional industrial designers attempt to elicit in shaping products as well as identifying sources and media of inspiration that they use; and (2) understanding how novice and expert industrial designers shape visual appearance of products.

To seek research funding and accomplish research projects, I have collaborated with a variety of stakeholders, including, among others, businesses, research institutes, NGOs, and social entrepreneurs.

What is your experience in teaching?

I have keen interest in teaching students at undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. level. I have taught students in disciplines such as Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Industrial Design. In India, I worked as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, and taught courses such as Basic Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Graphics, and Product Design and Development. At TU Delft, I carried out coaching sessions of the course ‘Research and Design’ for undergraduate students in Industrial Design Engineering. I also occasionally lectured in this course on the topic ‘research methods in designing products at the BoP’. At the University of Cambridge, I demonstrated drawing related courses to undergraduate students.

At Lund University, I was involved in teaching two courses: (1) ‘Research Methods in Industrial Design’ for Masters students in Industrial Design, and (2) ‘Biomedical Design’ for undergraduate students in Biomedical Engineering. The former course aims at introducing basic principles of design research, theory of science and the research process, and the later aims at developing an understanding of innovation and development processes, which are specifically of relevance to medical devices. In addition to teaching above courses, I have enjoyed supervising design and research projects at undergraduate, postgraduate, and Ph.D. level.

What do you hope to bring to the BTH community and partners?

BTH is an excellent institute where I can undertake cutting edge research and perform teaching activities, allowing me to use my knowledge, skills and network with a variety of stakeholders such as businesses, civil society and governments.