Michael Caston

Michael Caston

Associate Professor of the Practice

  • Faculty
  • Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering

What I do

I am an Associate Professor of the Practice in Innovation and Product Design and Development, the Executive Director of the Innovation Labs, and the Faculty Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community at the University of Denver.

I teach interdisciplinary classes around innovation and entrepreneurship.

Specialization(s)

Product Design and Development Innovation Entrepreneurship Human-Centered Design Design Thinking

Professional Biography

Michael Caston is the Associate Professor of the Practice in Innovation and Product Design and Development in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering department within the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver. He teaches courses in product development, entrepreneurship, consumer insights, and market feasibility.

Michael is also the Executive Director of the Innovation Labs, a project-based learning center available to all students, faculty, and staff at the University of Denver. He also serves as the faculty director for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community where students learn about and experience entrepreneurship and innovation through hands-on activities in a year-long program designed to introduce students to the startup-world.

Michael spent 5 years as a Professor of Industrial Design for Metropolitan State University of Denver. He taught courses in Plastics: Materials and Fabrication, Technical Drawing & CAD, and Industrial Design Studio courses where students gain real world experience and exposure by completing product development projects for companies both large and small.

Michael is also the founder of a Product and Graphic Design Firm, CAMIC designs LLC.
CAMIC designs was formed in July 2007 and offers product, graphic, packaging, and web design to a variety of companies from startups to fortune 500 companies.
www.camicdesigns.com

CAMIC designs has also produced in-house product lines specifically for non-profit fundraising:
BalletGiftShop.com helping non-profit dance groups with their fundraising needs.
CritterGiftShop.com - helping animal rescues groups raise money.

Specialties: product design and development, laser-engraving and cutting, promotional products, graphic design, identity design, document layout and design, website design and development, brand development, product marketing

Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., Business Administration, Oklahoma State University, 2020
  • MS, Industrial Design, North Carolina State University, 2008
  • BA, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002

Licensure / Accreditations

  • SolidWorks Associate - Mechanical Design Certificate
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative

Professional Affiliations

  • Kern Engineering Entrepreneurial Network

Research

My research areas include the scholarship of teaching and learning specifically learner-centered teaching and experiential learning. Recent research is in innovation and entrepreneurship, specifically new venture legitimacy. I also have a biomechanics research project in ambulation, specifically offloading the heel for persons with traumatic injuries to the foot or with diabetic heel ulcers.

Featured Publications

Community Engagement: Exploring Commercial and Nonprofit Options. (2014). Community Engagement: Exploring Commercial and Nonprofit Options. Herndon, VA, USA: Industrial Designers Society of America.
Learner-Centered Environments: Creating Effective Strategies based on Student Attitudes and Faculty Reflection. (2014). Learner-Centered Environments: Creating Effective Strategies based on Student Attitudes and Faculty Reflection, 14(3). Retrieved from josotl.indiana.edu/issue/view/1124
Student Perspectives of Sponsored Projects: Faculty Best Practices for Preparing Students. (2015). Student Perspectives of Sponsored Projects: Faculty Best Practices for Preparing Students. Hadley, Massachusetts, United States: Venture Well. Retrieved from venturewell.org/open2015/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/CASTON.pdf
Entrepreneurial Product Design and Marketing: A Student Design Competition Focusing on Market Feasibility. (2016). Entrepreneurial Product Design and Marketing: A Student Design Competition Focusing on Market Feasibility. Hadley, Massachusetts, United States: Venture Well. Retrieved from venturewell.org/open2016/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/caston.pdf
Entrepreneurial Product Design and Marketing: A Student Design Competition Focusing on Market Feasibility. (2016). Entrepreneurial Product Design and Marketing: A Student Design Competition Focusing on Market Feasibility. Hadley, Massachusetts, United States: Venture Well. Retrieved from venturewell.org/open2016/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/caston.pdf

Presentations

  • Experiential Learning for the MSU Denver Community
  • Community Engagement: Exploring Commercial and Nonprofit Options
  • New Product Development and Feasibility: Blurring the Lines between Industrial Design And Marketing
  • Student Perspectives of Sponsored Projects: Faculty Best Practices for Preparing Students
  • Student Perspectives on Blended Learning: Best Practices to Prepare Students for Success

Awards

  • Citizen of the Year, Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Employee of the Year, University of Denver Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Faculty Senate Excellence in Teaching Award Finalist, MSU Denver
  • Grant Support Award, Center for Faculty Excellence
  • Nominated for Faculty and Staff Award for Exceptional Achievement in Community Engagement, MSU Denver Applied Learning Center