Ron Lasser is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His interests include how design impacts people - Specifically, how ill-structured (wicked) problems are defined and resolved by the integration of multiple perspectives, the risks associated with innovation, and the ultimate impact on society. Ron teaches Junior Design, Senior Capstone Design Project, Mobile Medical Devices and Apps, Societal Aspects of Design, among other courses.
Through the Tisch Faculty Fellowship, Ron will work to have students learn how to introduce technology products in society and prevent the hurdles of acceptance and adoption while promoting inclusive citizenship. They will understand the challenges to have the designer, the design, and society establish transparency, trust, dissemination of truthful information, and empowerment of all constituencies and stakeholders in digital social technologies. The students will participate in a collaborative multi-disciplinary, team-based, semester long project. The focus of the project is to develop a wicked problem solution associated with social digital technology that would not undermine democracy and promotes civic engagement.