My main research interests are in the intersection of human factors, engineering design, and engineering education. Below is a summarized list of my publications and technical presentations.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  1. Alsager Alzayed, M., Starkey, E. M., and Prabhu, R., (2021). Feeling The Heat! Investigating the Influence of Trait Empathy and Attitudes Towards Sustainability on Student Designers’ Identification of Problem Requirements. Journal of Mechanical Design (In review).
  2. Alsager Alzayed, M., Miller, S. R., McComb, C. (2021). Empathic creativity: can trait empathy predict creative concept generation and selection? Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing. (Accepted for publication).
  3. Alsager Alzayed, M., Starkey, E. M., and Prabhu, R., (2021). Exploring the Relationship Between Students’ Trait Empathy, their Attitudes towards Sustainability, and their Reflections on a Workshop on Sustainable Design. International Journal of Engineering Education. (Accepted for publication).
  4. Alsager Alzayed, M., and Miller, S., (2021). Factors Influencing Undergraduates’ Selection of an Engineering Discipline: A Case Study. International Journal of Engineering Education. (In press).
  5. Alsager Alzayed, M., and Hendal, B., (2021) Kuwait University’s First Online Learning Experience Imposed by COVID-19: An Assessment of Faculty Members’ Usability of the E-Learning Platforms. The Educational Journal of Kuwait. (In press).
  6. Alsager Alzayed, M., McComb, C., Menold, J., Huff, J., & Miller, S. R. (2020). Are you feeling me? An exploration of empathy development in engineering design education. Journal of Mechanical Design, 1-57
  7. Starkey, E. M., Alsager Alzayed, M., Hunter, S., & Miller, S. R. (2020). Dissection Versus Incubation: The Within-Subject Effects of Product Dissection Activities on Design Variety. Journal of Mechanical Design, 142(1).
  8. Alsager Alzayed, M., McComb, C., Hunter, S. T., & Miller, S. R. (2019). Expanding the Solution Space in Engineering Design Education: A Simulation-Based Investigation of Product Dissection. Journal of Mechanical Design, 141(3).

Peer-Reviewed Conference Publications:

  1. Prabhu, R., Alsager Alzayed, M., Starkey, E. M. (2021). “Student reflections on sustainability and empathy: the outcomes of a sustainability workshop in first-year design courses,” ASEE 2021 Annual Conference – Design in Engineering Education Division.
  2. Prabhu, R., Alsager Alzayed, M., Starkey, E. M. (2021). “Not Good Enough? Exploring Relationships Between Students’ Empathy, Their Attitudes Towards Sustainability and the Self-Perceived Sustainability of Their Solutions,” ASME 2021 Design Education Conference at the International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  3. Prabhu, R., Alsager Alzayed, M., Starkey, E. M. (2021). “Feeling the Heat! Exploring the Influence of Students’ Empathy and Attitudes Towards Sustainability on Their Identification of Problem Requirements,” ASME 2021 Design Automation Conference at the International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  4. Alsager Alzayed, M., McComb, C., Menold, J., Huff, J., & Miller, S. R. (2020). Can Design Teams Be Empathically Creative? a Simulation-Based Investigation on the Role of Team Empathy on Concept Generation and Selection. In ASME 2020 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  5. Alsager Alzayed, M., Miller, S. R., McComb, C. (2020). Composing empathic design teams: a simulation-based investigation on the role of personality traits and risk-taking attitudes on team empathy. In the Ninth International Design Computing and Cognition Conference.
  6. Alsager Alzayed, M., Miller, S. R., McComb, C. (2020). Does empathy beget creativity? Investigating the role of trait empathy in idea generation and selection. In the Ninth International Design Computing and Cognition Conference.
  7. Alsager Alzayed, M. (2019). An Exploration of the Role of Student Empathy in Engineering Design Education. In 2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) (pp. 1-2). IEEE.
  8. Alsager Alzayed, M., McComb, C., Hunter, S. T., & Miller, S. R. (2019). Expanding the Solution Space in Engineering Design Education: A Simulation-Based Investigation of Product Dissection. Journal of Mechanical Design, 141(3).
  9. Starkey, E. M., Alsager Alzayed, M. A., Hunter, S., & Miller, S. R. (2020). Dissection Versus Incubation: The Within-Subject Effects of Product Dissection Activities on Design Variety. Journal of Mechanical Design, 142(1).
  10. Starkey, E. M., Alsager Alzayed, M., Hunter, S. T., & Miller, S. R. (2018). Confidently Exploring the Solution Space: The Within-Subject Effects of Product Dissection on Design Variety and Creative Self-Efficacy. In ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  11. Alsager Alzayed, M., McComb, C., Hunter, S. T., & Miller, S. R. (2018). Helping Teams Expand the Breadth of Their Solution Space Through Product Dissection: A Simulation Based Investigation. In ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.
  12. Alsager Alzayed, M., Costa, E. C. E., Agarwal, P., Kakarlamudi, S., Bilén, S. G., & Miller, S. (2018). Sensibuildity: The Design of a Communication System to Identify and Prevent Work-Related Injuries in the Construction Industry. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 1631-1635).

Poster Presentations

1) O’Connell, A., Alsager Alzayed, M., and Miller, S.. Students’ perception of their empathy development during an engineering design project. Industrial Engineering Undergraduate Research Exhibition, December 2019
2) Alsager Alzayed, M., An exploration of the role of student empathy in engineering design education
IEEE Frontiers in Education, October 16-19 2019, Cincinnati, Ohio
3) Alsager Alzayed, M., An exploration of empathy in engineering design education. ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conference. August 18-21 2019. Anaheim, California
4) Alsager Alzayed, M., Kaweesa, D, and Bhawani, S. Evaluating student’s awareness of the engineering design process: an exploratory study. Penn State College of Engineering Design Showcase, May 2018
5) Alsager Alzayed, M. (and other EDSGN 558 students). The design of an elderly fall prevention system
Penn State College of Engineering Design Showcase, May 2017


Presentations & Workshops

  1. Alsager Alzayed, M. Rethinking CV Design: how can I sell myself in 1-2 pages?, CPES Kuwait University, Virtual Presentation, June 2021.
  2. Alsager Alzayed, M. Transitioning from graduate student to professor during a pandemic, THRED Group, Virtual Presentation, March 2021.
  3. Alsager Alzayed, M. and Alkhanfar, T. How to design your CV?, Kuwaiti Student Association at Penn State, Virtual Workshop, September 2020.
  4. Alsager Alzayed, M., Empathically designing for the developing world in engineering design education. College of Engineering Research Symposium, Penn State, April 2019
  5. Alsager Alzayed, M. The role of empathy in humanitarian engineering projects. Guest Lecturer, Engineering Design 100, Penn State, March 2019
  6. Alsager Alzayed, M. Concept generation in the design process. Guest Lecturer, Engineering Design 100, Penn State, February 2019
  7. Alsager Alzayed, M., Concept selection in the design process. Guest Lecturer, Engineering Design 100, Penn State, February 2019
  8. Alsager Alzayed, M. The design of a communication system to identify and prevent work-related injuries in the construction industry. College of Engineering Research Symposium, Penn State, April 2018
  9. Alsager Alzayed, M. Six Sigma: A Business & Engineering Tool. The National Organization of Business and Engineering, Webinar, March 2018

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