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Tong Jin Kim

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Granted tenure
Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts

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. He is an associate professor of industrial design in the Department of Art & Design, Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Prior to joining academia, he worked in the design industry for more than 18 years as a design leader, delivering leading edge products and business solutions. His work has won many awards and he 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 helps students to develop their own products and establish a company in collaboration with others, allowing students to gain real industry experience and knowledge by practicing design as a part of a business solution.