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Yong Zeng, PhD

President of Society for Design and Process Science

Yong Zeng, PhD
Office: S-EV 7633 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5801
Website(s): Design Lab
Society for Design and Process Science

Dr. Yong Zeng is a Professor in the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering at Concordia University. He was an NSERC Chair in Aerospace Design Engineering program (2015 - 2019). He was the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in design science (2004 - 2014). Prior to joining in Concordia in August 2003, he was a research associate in the Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Institute at the National Research Council of Canada for about two years after he received his Ph.D. from Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Calgary in 2001. He obtained another PhD degree in Computational Mechanics from Dalian University of Technology in 1992, where he also received his Master's degree in 1989. Between his two PhD studies, he was a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the Institute of Logistics Engineering, where he completed his B.Eng degree in Structural Engineering in 1986.

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 interplay between linguistics and design creativity. He has been developing formal and experimental approaches to design research. He has been an Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science since January 2012 (IOS), Associate Editor of International Journal of Product Development (September 2011 - 2016, Inderscience), and an editorial board member of Computers in Industry since October 2011 (Elsevier). He collaborates and consults with aerospace industry, medical device design companies, construction companies, recruitment industry, and municipality for the applications of his research results.


Ph.D. (2001) Design Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada
Ph.D. (1992) Computational Mechanics, Dalian University of Technology, China

Research interests

Innovative and creative design: theory and methodology, cognitive experiments, and computational technologies


Lab Members

Ron Abraira has worked in the field of entrepreneurship and economic development for the past twenty-two years. After serving in the United States Navy, he attended the State University of New York at Buffalo where he achieved a BS in Business Administration in 1986. Subsequently, he worked as a Business Services Officer in the community economic development agency in Kahnawake primarily writing business plans for local entrepreneurs, and performing industry and market research duties for community economic development projects and studies.

In the spring of 1990 he was named the Executive Director for the economic development agency in Kahnawake and guided the development of both the capital corporation (a business development investment fund) and the employment and training agency (a program that amongst its training activities helps educate potential entrepreneurs). During this time he also attended Concordia University and achieved his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 1995. His MBA research paper was a cross cultural study of entrepreneurship. Besides teaching entrepreneurship at the John Molson School of Business (Concordia University), he also works as a management consultant, and is a member of the Investment Committee of the First Nations Venture Capital Fund of Quebec.


MBA (Concordia University)

Areas of Expertise

  • Aboriginal
  • Community economic development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • First Nations
  • Small business development

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