Dr. Yong Zeng is a Professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering at Concordia University. He was an NSERC Chair in the Aerospace Design Engineering program (2015 – 2019). He was the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Design Science (2004 – 2014). Dr. Zeng’s research aims to understand and improve creative design activities. He has proposed a new design theory called Environment-Based Design. Specific topics of his research include the science of design, methodology for innovative and creative design, neurocognitive model of design creativity, computer-aided conceptual design, and the interplay between linguistics and design creativity. 


Dr. Ali Akgunduz is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. His main research areas are Airline operations, Transportation management, Systems simulation, and Application of Operations Research on service and manufacturing applications.

“Learn the concept. Don’t study all questions. Design your own question. Don’t ask me to solve a problem. Ask why your results don’t make sense.”

Research opportunities

Under the strong leadership of Dr. Yong Zeng and with the advanced facilities in the Design Lab, it is never too late to become a part of creative and innovative research.