The Center for e-Design is a Cooperative Research Center supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Involving a number of high-technology companies (e.g., Raytheon, PTC, Vistagy, Ansys), the Center also supports universities including Virginia Tech, the University of Central Florida, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Buffalo, Brigham Young University, and Wayne State University.


The Center for e-Design serves as a nucleus of excellence for the creation and dissemination of a systematic body of knowledge in intelligent e-Design and product realization. Research at UMass-Amherst is focused on development of new design paradigms and processes, with particular emphasis on engineering knowledge modeling and the development of ontologies in support of e-Design.