Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and PerformanceDepartment of Art and DesignCollege of Liberal Arts

Industrial Design and Interaction Design Faculty

Industrial Design faculty members are a group of active designers, educators, researchers, and award winners.

Steve Visser, Purdue, Industrial Design

Steve Visser

Professor of Industrial Design
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Steve Visser has been on faculty at Purdue University since 1989. In 1996 he served as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. In 2007 he was named Honorary Professor at Nanjing University of Science and Technology in Nanjing, China. Professor Visser's designs have been recognized nationally and internationally. In 2004 he received an honorable mention in the ID magazine annual review. In 2003 he received an Award of Excellence in the Taiwan International Design Competition and an Opus Design Award from Japan. Previously he has received a Good Design Award, two IDEA Silvers, and second place in Forma Finlandia III International Plastic Design Competition.

His designs have been exhibited nationally including the Museum of Modern art, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. Additionally, his designs have been exhibited internationally, including; Japan, Italy, France, Finland, Taiwan, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, China, Korea, and the UK. [read more]


Laura Drake, Purdue,Industrial Design

Laura Drake

Associate Professor of Industrial Design

Ms. Drake's specialty is furniture design which has been recently exhibited at the Yodex Exhibit in Taipei, Taiwan, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, The Neocon World Trades Fair at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, The Beca Gallery in New Orleans, LA, The Fine Furnishings Show in Milwaukee, WI as well as throughout the Chicago area in exhibits affiliated with the Chicago Furniture Designers Association. She has a MA in Industrial Design from Purdue University as well as an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Prior to her current professional efforts Ms. Drake was represented by the gallery “Art et Industries” in New York City for 15 years. Her works for Art et Industries were extensively exhibited nationally and internationally and are included in many private collections. [read more]


Cheryl Zhenyu Qian, Purdue, Industrial Design, Interaction Design

Cheryl Zhenyu Qian

Professor of Interaction Design and Industrial Design

Dr. Cheryl Zhenyu Qian joined Purdue University in 2010 and developed the Interaction Design MFA program. Being a boundary crosser, Dr. Qian is interested in studying and developing cognitive interactive systems to enrich knowledge, employing interdisciplinary research methodologies to improve the design quality, and adopting innovative technologies to better accommodate user experience. Her current research is focused on 1) the harmonious integration of physical and virtual interactions in the user experience design, 2) adopting interaction design theories, tools, and evaluation methods to review, compare, guide, and enhance product design outcomes, and 3) employing innovative design thinking into the domain of visual analytics.

As an academic researcher, apart from winning fifteen IEEE VAST challenge system design awards (2010~2021), the 1st demo contest prize of I2LOR'07, and the 2nd demo contest prize of I2LOR'05, Cheryl has built up a 90+ publication list ranging from journals, conference proceedings, poster presentations, and book translations in the interdisciplinary domains of Interaction Design, Digital Learning, Computer-aided Design, Human-computer Interaction, and Engineering Education. Her Ph.D. dissertation won the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal from Simon Fraser University in 2010.[read more]


TJ Kim, Purdue, Industrial Design

Tong Jin / TJ / Kim

Professor of Industrial Design

TJ Kim received his M.S. in Engineering, Design, and Innovation from Northwestern University in 2010 and his B.A. in Industrial Design from the University of Bridgeport in 1998. Prior to joining Academia, he has also worked at consultancy and corporate for more than 18 years as a design leader, delivering leading edge products and business solutions. His works has won many design awards and holds more than 50 US patents. He has been involved with various universities and design communities, giving lectures on design thinking and coordinating creative workshops for non-designers and community organizations.

TJ's research interest is the commercialization of design and building design platforms and communities that help students to develop their own products and establish a company in collaboration with others. This will allow students to gain real industry experience and knowledge by practicing design as a part of a business solution. [read more]


Jung Joo Sohn, Industrial Design, Interaction Design

Jung Joo Sohn

Assistant Professor of Industrial Design and Interaction Design

Jung Joo Sohn joins Purdue as an assistant professor of Industrial Design and Interaction Design in the Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance. Sohn received his MDes (Master of Design) in user research, design planning, and product design from the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology. He also holds a BDes (Bachelor of Design) in industrial design from Korea. Prior to joining Purdue, Sohn spent more than eight years as a UX (user experience) designer in the Corporate Design Center at Samsung Electronics and was a visiting scholar with the Aware Home Research Initiative (AHRI) at Georgia Institute of Technology.

As a multidisciplinary designer, he contributed emerging devices, new mobile services (e.g., artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and health care), and related user interfaces with cutting-edge technologies in growth markets. He has been granted more than 20 US/EU/KR patents in UI (user interface) and interaction for future display and mobile service. These patents have been applied in consumer products by Samsung Electronics. Due to the successful technology transfer from his team’s research and design, he announced a new concept of health service with AI at the Consumer Electronics Show and Mobile World Congress in 2019. Sohn’s research interests lie in the fields of industrial design, interaction design, and user experience. In the fusion of these fields, he focuses on developing technology in harmony with human sensibility and emotions.  [read more]


Jennifer_Kaufmann-Buhler, Purdue

Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler

Assistant Professor of Design History

Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler is an Assistant Professor of Design History in the department of Art and Design. Her research focuses broadly on ordinary spaces and objects in the context of everyday life, and her current project is about the progressive origins and emerging problems of the American open plan office (“office cubicles”) in the late 20th century. Kaufmann-Buhler has presented her research at various national conferences and is currently in the process of developing several articles as well as a book on her open plan office research. She earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Design Studies, her MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and her BA in American Culture from Vassar College.  [read more]

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