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Katja Hölttä-Otto, Ph.D.

Katja Hölttä-OttoAssistant Professor

  • Ph.D. in Machine Design, Helsinki University of Technology/ MIT , Finland, 2005
  • M.S. in Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, 2000
  • B.S. in Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland,

Contact information

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  • Phone: 508.910.6549
  • Fax: 508.999.8881
  • Office: Textiles Building, Room 207

Biography

Katja Hölttä-Otto received her M.Sc. (2000) and Ph.D. (2005) in Mechanical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology. She worked as a visiting scholar at Center for Innovation in Product Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for five years until 2005.

Professor Hölttä-Otto teaches senior design project as well as other courses such and introduction to engineering and systems engineering.

Her areas of specialization include product design and development, systems engineering and modular product platforms. Her current research focuses on innovation and creativity in design and design for accessibility in medical equipment. She is also active in modeling of systems.

  • Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UMass Dartmouth
  • Visting Scholar at MIT Center for Innovation in Product Development

Areas of interest

  • Creativity and innovation in design
  • Design for accessibility
  • Design of Experiments
  • Medical equipment
  • Modular product architecture
  • Product design and development
  • Systems engineering
  • Universal Design

Selected publications

Peer reviewed


  • Genco, N. Hölttä-Otto, K. and C.C. Seepersad, 2010, “An Experimental Investigation of the Innovation Capabilities of Engineering Students,” ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Louisville, KY. BEST PAPER AWARD
  • Green, M., C.C. Seepersad, and K. Hölttä-Otto, 2010, “Extreme Experience Interviews for Innovative Designs: Classroom Assessment of a New Needs-Gathering Method,” ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Louisville, KY. BEST PAPER AWARD
  • Srivathsavai, R. Genco, N., Hölttä-Otto, K., and Seepersad, C.C., 2010, “Study of Existing Metrics Used in Measurement of Ideation Effectiveness”, ASME IDETC Design Theory and Methodology Conference, Montreal, Canada.
  • Otto, K. & Holtta-Otto K., 2010, Incorporating field effects into modular architecture methods. ASME IDETC Design Theory and Methodology Conference, Montreal, Canada.
  • Saunders, M. N., C. C. Seepersad and K. Holtta-Otto, 2009, "The Characteristics of Innovative, Mechanical Products," ASME IDETC Design Theory and Methodology Conference, San Diego, CA, BEST PAPER AWARD.

  • Ranawat, A. and K. Holtta-Otto, 2009, "Four Dimensions of Design Similarity," ASME IDETC Design Theory and Methodology Conference, San Diego, CA.

  • Hölttä-Otto, K. Tang, V., & Otto, K. Analyzing module commonality for platform design using dendrograms. Research in Engineering Design, Vol. 19, No. 2. (1 November 2008), pp. 127-141.

  • Salonen, M. Hölttä-Otto, K. Otto, K. Affecting product reliability and lifecycle costs with early design phase product architecture decisions. International Journal of Product Development. Int. J. Product Development, Vol. 5, Nos. 1/2, 2008

  • Hölttä-Otto, K. & de Weck, O. Degree of modularity in engineering systems and products with technical and business constraints. Concurrent Engineering: Research and Application. Concurrent Engineering, Vol. 15, No. 2, 113-126 (2007)

  • Otto, K. & Hölttä-Otto, K. A multi-criteria assessment tool for screening preliminary product platform concepts. Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing. Vol. 18, No. 1. (February 2007)

  • Hölttä-Otto, K., Helminen, P., Ekman, K. & Roemer, T. A pilot program teaching dispersed product development in collaboration with an international university. ASEE’07. Honolulu, HI.

  • Hölttä-Otto, K. & de Weck, O. Metrics for Assessing Coupling Density and Modularity in Complex Products and Systems. DETC 2007. Design Theory and Methodology (DTM). Las Vegas.

  • Celona, T., Embry-Pelrine, C. & Hölttä-Otto, K. Are modular products larger than integral products? International conference on engineering design, ICED07. Paris. 2007

  • Hannukainen, P. & Hölttä-Otto, K. Identifying customer needs – disabled persons as lead users. ASME design engineering technical conferences DETC 2006. Design Theory and Methodology (DTM). Philadelphia. BEST PAPER AWARD.

  • Simpson, T.W. Marion, T. de Weck, O. Hölttä-Otto, K. Kokkolaras, M. and Shooter, S. B. “Platform-Based Design and Development: Current Trends and Needs in Industry” ASME design engineering technical conferences DETC 2006. Philadelphia.

  • Hölttä-Otto, K. & Magee, C. Estimating factors affecting project task size in product development – an empirical study. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol 53, No 1. February 2006.

  • Holtta, K. & Otto, K. Incorporating design effort complexity measures in product architectural Design and Assessment. Design Studies. Vol 26, Issue 5, Pp. 445-564. September 2005.

  • Holtta-Otto, K. Analyzing module commonality for platform design in functional and physical domain. ASME design engineering technical conferences DETC 2005. Long Beach.

  • Holtta, K., Suh, E. S., and de Weck, O. Tradeoff between modularity and performance for engineered systems and products. International conference on engineering design, ICED05. Melbourne. 2005.

  • Otto, K. & Holtta, K. A multi-criteria framework for screening preliminary product platform concepts. ASME design engineering technical conferences DETC 2004. Salt Lake City.

  • Holtta, K. Comparative analysis of product modularization methods. NordDesign 2004. Tampere.

  • Holtta, K. & Salonen, M. Comparing three modularity methods. ASME design engineering technical conferences DETC 2003. Chicago.

  • Holtta, K. & Otto, K. Incorporating design complexity measures in architectural assessment. ASME design engineering technical conferences DETC 2003. Chicago.

  • Holtta, K., Tang, V., & Seering, W. Modularizing product architectures using dendrograms. International conference on engineering design, ICED03. Stockholm. 2003.

 

Book chapter

  • Hölttä-Otto K. and Otto, K. Platform Concept Evaluation. In: Product platform and product family design - Methods and Applications. Simpson, T., Siddique, Z., and Jiao, J. (Eds.). Springer. 2005.

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