Yutaka Yoshinaka

Yutaka Yoshinaka

Associate Professor

Building 426, Room 125


Phone: 45256065

Yutaka Yoshinaka is Associate Professor, at the Department of Management Engineering, Section of Innovation and Sustainability. His research, focusing on socio-technical dimensions of design and innovation, is interdisciplinary in character, informed by Science & Technology Studies (STS). A central concern in his research deals with new conceptions and frameworks for addressing engineering design practice and engineering competence. Yutaka has particularly worked in the realm of healthcare technologies and medical devices, focusing on the situated character of knowledge practices and user-competencies, spanning traditional boundaries of organization and analysis. His research is directed towards the diverse set of actor-concerns entailed in the shaping of innovations in concrete practice, and how this, in turn, may inform innovative processes in product development and the reflexive staging and coordination of innovative undertakings. Yutaka teaches a number of courses and supervises student projects ranging from undergraduate to graduate levels in engineering design. He is also affiliated with the Doctoral Research School in Design and Innovation. Yutaka’s teaching emphasises technological conceptions and actor strategies in broadening choice and influencing technological development, drawing on Science & Technology Studies (SCOT, domestication of technology, ANT). Here, students actively engage insights from STS in their engineering design, throughout the scope of their problem-oriented project work, ranging from analysis and problem identification, to conceptualization and synthesis aspects.


Academic grades

M.Sc.(Eng.), Ph.D.

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