Creative Problem Solving

Creative Problem Solving Workshop

Instructor: Kenneth J. Kurtz
Date: To be decided
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (snacks and drinks provided)
Location: Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC), Room ES 2008, Binghamton University, 85 Murray Hill Rd, Vestal, NY 13850 
Who can take this course: This workshop is open to all engineers, professionals and students.

Credentials: A course participation certificate will be issued to those who complete the workshop.

Course Fee: $35

The course will be provided again in spring 2020. Please contact us if you are interested.


Across personal and professional pursuits, we face many problems that lack a clear solution approach and leave us feeling stuck. In this workshop, you will learn an easy-to-use, research-informed technique of "encoding connections" to enhance your creative problem-solving ability. The workshop will be conducted in an active and interactive format to enhance learning outcomes.


In this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the approach of "encoding connections" to improve creative problem- solving
  • Learn a specific technique for enhancing the creative process
  • Explore how "encoding connections" can be applied in real-world domains
  • Go through collaborative hands-on case studies and team work with others

About the Instructor

Kenneth J. Kurtz, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychology at Binghamton University (SUNY). As a cognitive scientist, Dr. Kurtz studies the mechanisms underlying thinking and learning in humans and machines. His areas of expertise include concept formation, transfer of knowledge, analogical thinking, and neural network modeling.

For questions, contact the Office of Industrial Outreach at:
Phone: 607-777-6251


All cancellations must be received in writing by noon on the date before the course starts to receive a refund. No refunds for cancellations or non-attendance will be given after 5 pm on that date.

Substitutions may be made any time before a certain date by informing the Office of Industrial Outreach.

If the course is canceled, enrollees will be advised and receive a full refund.