Dr. Gonçalves, M.G.

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

Her research interests are creativity, visual thinking, design process and cognition, inspiration, strategic design, framing and reflection. 

Academic Background

After being educated as a product designer (Faculdade de Arquictectura, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), Milene moved to TU Delft, where she completed a PhD on Design Creativity, on the inspiration process of designers and its influence on design creativity and innovation. Since 2016, she became a tenure tracker assistant professor, researching and teaching on creativity, visual thinking and design processes.  

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."