Katja Hölttä-Otto

Prof. Hölttä-Otto is an expert on product development methods, espacially on interdisciplinary product development. Her current research areas include empathy, circular economy and creativity. She is interested in how empathy and creativity can be developed and learned and also how creativity evolves during engineering education. She is also interested in novel methods for finding latent needs, needs not expressed by the user. She is interested in how product development can contribute to a more sustainable world, and she is also active in the area of systems engineering and does research in complex system architecture and modularity.

Prof. Hölttä-Otto teaches product development methods including design thinking. She is in charge of the ME310 Global Innovation Program at Aalto University: http://me310.aalto.fi/, which is part of the global SUGAR network on global interdisciplinary design thinking (http://sugar-network.org/).

Prof. Hölttä-Otto is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and has won nine best paper awards or similar distinctions. She is an associate editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and an active member of the ASME Design Theory and Methodology community.

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Contact information

Phone number
+358504361868

Areas of expertise

Innovation, Creativity, Empathic design, Engineering pedagogy, User involvement, User-centered design, System Engineering, Product development, Mechanical Design

Honors and awards

Best Paper Award, International Conference on Design Education, Boston, MA

Kershaw, T., Peterson, R., McCarthy, M., Young, A., Seepersad, C., Williams, P., Hölttä-Otto, K. and Bhowmick, S., 2015, A Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Examination of the Development of Innovation Capability in Undergraduate Engineering Students, ASME IDETC International Conference on Design Education, Boston, MA. Paper Number: DETC2015-47650
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Mechanical Engineering Jan 2015

Reviewers' choice award, International Conference on Engineerign Design (ICED 15) Vol 8: Innovaton and Creativity, Milan, Italy

Chaoyang Song, Jianxi Luo, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Warren Seering, Kevin Otto, 2015, Risk and Innovation Balance in crowdfunding new products, Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 15) Vol 8: Innovation and Creativity, Milan, Italy, 27-30.07. Reviewers’ choice award.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Mechanical Engineering Jul 2015

Best Paper Award, ASME IDETC, Buffalo, NY

Telenko, C., Camburn, B., Wood, K., Hölttä-Otto, K., & Otto, K., 2014, Designettes: New approaches to multidisciplinary engineering education, ASME IDETC, Buffalo, NY. DETC2014-35137
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Mechanical Engineering Jan 2014

Reviewers' Choice Award, International Conference on Engineering Design ICED '13, Seoul, South Korea

Hölttä-Otto, K., Otto, K., & Luo, J., 2013, Innovation differences between new venture startups and incumbent firms, International Conference on Engineering Design ICED’13. Seoul, S. Korea.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Mechanical Engineering Jan 2013

Best Paper Award, ASEE 2010, Louisville, KY

Genco, N., Hölttä-Otto, K., and Seepersad, C.C., 2010, “An Experimental Investigation of the Innovation Capabilities of Engineering Students” ASEE 2010, Louisville, KY.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Mechanical Engineering Jan 2010

Best Paper Award, ASEE 2010, Louisville, KY

Green, M., Seepersad, C.C. and Hölttä-Otto, K. 2010, “Extreme Experience Interviews for Innovative Designs: Classroom Assessment of a New Needs-Gathering Method,” ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Louisville, KY.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Mechanical Engineering Jan 2010

Best Paper Award, ASME IDETC Design Theory and Methodology Conference, San Diego, CA

Saunders, M. N., Seepersad, C. C. and Hölttä-Otto, K. 2009, "The Characteristics of Innovative, Mechanical Products," ASME IDETC Design Theory and Methodology Conference, San Diego, CA
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Mechanical Engineering Jan 2009

Best Paper Award, ASME design engineering technical conferences DETC, Design Theory and Methodology (DTM), Philadelphia

Hannukainen, P. & Hölttä-Otto, K., 2006, Identifying customer needs – disabled persons and lead users. ASME design engineering technical conferences DETC. Design Theory and Methodology (DTM). Philadelphia.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Mechanical Engineering Jan 2006

Best Paper Award

International Conference on Transforming Engineering Education 2017, Best Paper Award
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Mechanical Engineering Dec 2017

ASME Journal of Mechanical Design (JMD) “Associate Editor Award”

Award or honor granted for a specific work Dec 2018

Publications

Under the umbrella : components of empathy in psychology and design

Alvaro M. Chang-Arana, Antti Surma-aho, Katja Holtta-Otto, Mikko Sams 2022 Design Science

Using the Electrochemistry Designette to Visualize Students' Competence and Misconceptions on Electrochemical Principles

Vanessa Y. Y. Chia, Katja Holtta-Otto, Franklin Anariba 2022 JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION

Extreme-user conditions to enhance design creativity and empathy- application using visual impairment

Sujithra Raviselvam, Dongwook Hwang, Bradley Camburn, Karen Sng, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Kristin L. Wood 2022 International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation

Crowdfunding for Design Innovation : Prediction Model With Critical Factors

Chaoyang Song, Jianxi Luo, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Warren Seering, Kevin Otto 2022 IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management

Conceptualization and operationalization of empathy in design research

Antti Surma-Aho, Katja Hölttä-Otto 2022 Design Studies

An Investigation of the Influence of Disciplinary Distance in Interdisciplinary Education through Faculty's Experience

Xiaoqi Feng, Katja Hölttä-Otto 2021 ASME 2021 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference

Zero Gravity : radical creativity by multidisciplinary collaboration

Günther H. Filz, Serenay Elmas, Athanasios Markou, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Saurabh Deo 2021 <i>Proceedings of IASS Annual Symposia</i>

Editorial: 2020 Reviewers with distinction award

Katja Holtta-Otto, Zhimin Xi, Zhen Hu, Zhenghui Sha, Janet Allen, Faez Ahmed, Jonathan Cagan, Guanglu Zhang, Haris Ligata, Wei Chen 2021 Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME