Associate Professor, Product Design Program Chair
Wayne C. Chung is an Associate Professor and Product Design Program Chair in the School of Design. Chung's research and work spans medical systems and devices, robot design, consumer, and industrial products. He teaches first-year Design Studio, Advanced ID studio: Product and Systems, How Things are Made, Applied Research Methods, DigiTech Tools, UX Design Tools, and co-teaches Bio Medical Engineering with Dr. Zapanta.
Chung utilizes design research methods and develops new processes to understand the person in context. This essential approach enables insight and appropriate innovation within a world of complexity. Material, aesthetics, fit, and other user experience variables can only be designed once the problem is appropriately framed and considered relative to the human, artifact, and environment context.
Chung has worked and collaborated with a range of clients, industry sponsors, and partners including:
- Industry: American Eagle Outfitters, Bayer Material Science, BNY Mellon, Cognizant Technologies, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company, forms+surfaces, General Motors, Intel Digital Health, LG Electronics, PNC Bank, Procter & Gamble, Radio Flyer, Rubbermaid, Texas Instruments, Vocollect, Whirlpool Corporation
- Medical: Ohio State University's 8T MRI, OSU Veterinary CT large animal transfer bed system, Energy Storage Systems
- Robotics: Snackbot, Chiara Robot, NREC interior space project, and other robot components and systems
Chung also worked as a design information researcher for the Federal Highway Administration’s Advanced Driver Interface Design and Assessment Project and industrial designer for Sundberg-Ferar. Prior to teaching at Carnegie Mellon, Chung taught in the Department of Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design at The Ohio State University, and he served as the interim Director of the Industrial Design Program at Georgia Institute of Technology. His professional service includes elected positions in local IDSA chapters. Chung was recognized by the Design Intelligence Journal as one of the 'Most Admired Industrial Design Educators' in the US.
Chung is the author of the book titled, The Praxis of Product Design in Collaboration with Engineering (Springer Publishing). It is a culmination of applied methods, case studies, and unique views only possible through numerous industry collaborative experiences and studio-based design education. Chung also has been published in the Design Journal UK, Design Management Institute Journal, Industrial Designers Society of America Innovation Journal, IOS Press, National Collegiate Innovators and Invention Alliance conference proceedings, IASDR conference proceedings, ICSID conference proceedings, IDSA conference proceedings, and DMI conference proceedings.
Chung holds a BFA with Honors in Industrial Design with a minor in Business Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters of Industrial Design from the University of the Arts.