Dr. Gonçalves, M.G.

Assistant Professor of Creativity in Product and Service Design
Product Innovation Management

Biography

Milene Gonçalves is Assistant Professor of Creativity in Product and Service Design, in the Product Innovation Management department at the Delft University of Technology. She holds a Master degree in Product Design at FA-UL (Faculdade de Arquictectura, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal). After finishing her master thesis, entitled “I drive, therefore I am: The designer's role in the creation and interpretation of identities in the automobile culture”, she moved to Delft and started her Ph.D. Milene’s doctoral research was on the influence of external stimuli on designers’ creativity, where the aim was to understand how do designers come across and are influenced by potential inspiration sources in ideation. Milene defended her Ph.D. thesis, entitled “Decoding Designers’ Inspiration Process’ in 2016, Delft. Watch the animation below, which summarises all the main findings of her doctoral research.

Nowadays, Milene continues her research interests on inspiration and creativity, now in the collaborative context, in product and service design. She is also pursuing the topic of co-evolution of problem and solution, framing and innovation.

Education

  • 2010 – 2016
    Ph.D. in Design Creativity, Industrial Design Engineering Faculty, Technical University of Delft

  • 2008 – 2009
    Master in Product Design
    Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (FA-UTL), Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2003 – 2008 
    Bachelor in Industrial Design
    Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (FA-UTL), Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Experience

  • 2016 – present
    Assistant Professor of Creativity in Product and Service Design
    Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft

  • 2014 – 2016
    Researcher and lecturer
    Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft

Specialisation/Field of research

  • Creativity
  • Creative problem solving
  • Inspiration
  • Design Cognition
  • Design methodology
  • Design thinking
  • Visual communication

Lectures and/or coaches students on

  • SPD Media
  • SPD Research Projects
  • Creative Facilitation
  • Graduation projects
  • BSc Final Projects
  • Research elective

Involved in the research project(s):

"If you take the same road everyone else takes... you will get stuck in traffic."