The Role of Play in Art and Engineering

Emily W. Tow, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

I incorporate playfulness in my approach to engineering and art. Loosely structured around Sister Corita Kent’s Rules for Creatives, I share with students examples of how play, experimentation, and embracing mistakes have influenced my work—especially artwork—and my career path and how it can be a part of their lives. 

Learn how Emily studies how to make the “toilet-to-tap” water recycling process more energy efficient, here...

View Emily's artwork...