Katja Hölttä-Otto
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Katja Hölttä-Otto

Professor (Associate Professor)

Contact information

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+358504361868
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Description

Prof. Hölttä -Otto's research areas include empathy, user centered design, creativity and need finding. She is interested in how empathy and creativity can be developed and learned and 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 also active in the area of systems engineering and does research in complex system architecture.

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.

Areas of expertise

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

Honors and awards

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Jan 2015

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
Jul 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
Jan 2014

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 2013

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 2010

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 2009

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 2006

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
Dec 2017

Best Paper Award International Conference on Transforming Engineering Education 2017, Best Paper Award

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Engineering Design
Dec 2018

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

Publications

Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Design
Publishing year: 2020 Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Design
Publishing year: 2019 21st International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 16th International Conference on Design Education
Engineering Design, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Design Factory
Publishing year: 2019 Frontiers in Psychology
Design Factory, Engineering Design, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Publishing year: 2019 Conference Proceedings: ASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Design
Publishing year: 2019 31st International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Design
Publishing year: 2019 31st International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
Engineering Design, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering, Design Factory
Publishing year: 2018 Journal of Mechanical Design
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Design, Design Factory
Publishing year: 2018 30th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
Engineering Design, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Publishing year: 2018 Proceedings of NordDesign 2018, Linköping, Sweden, 14th - 17th August 2018