Dr. McKilligan is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design. She is also a faculty in Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program and the ISU Site Co-Director for NSF-funded Center for e-Design.
Research and Teaching:
Dr. McKilligan teaches design studios and lecture courses on developing creativity and research skills. Her current research focuses on identifying impacts of different factors on ideation of designers and engineers, developing instructional materials for design problem and solution spaces, and exploring foundations of innovation. She often conducts workshops on design thinking for a diverse range of groups including student and professional engineers and faculty members at different institutions.
PhD, University of Michigan, 2010
MFA, University of Michigan, 2004
BID, METU, Turkey, 2001
DR. McKILLIGAN researches design approaches and ideation, ethnography in design, foundations of innovation, creative processes, and cross-disciplinary design team dynamics. Many of her studies involve multiple disciplinary professional and educational contexts, as she often collaborates across disciplines, working with scholars in engineering, education, industrial design, and psychology.
She is the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She frequently serves on review, advisory, and scientific boards of various journals and conferences. She also has a faculty affiliation with Human Computer Interaction and she is the Site Co-Director for NSF-funded I/UCRC Center for e-Design.
Full text copies of some of McKilligan’s publications: https://works.bepress.com/seda-yilmaz/
For updates on her ongoing research: sedayilmaz.me
A direct link to her interview with the everydayinnovator: http://theeverydayinnovator.com/050
A summary of her work on Design Heuristics: http://www.design.iastate.edu/news/8/24/2016/design_heuristics
A summary of her work on Ideation Flexibility: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/04/08/yilmaznsf
Her current research focuses on identifying impacts of different factors on engineers' and designers' ideation, the role of feedback intervention in ideation pathways, and developing evidence-based pedagogical materials for ideation. She conducts workshops on the outcomes of her research and design thinking practices at education conferences, businesses, organizations, and other universities.