Department of Art and Design Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts

Industrial Design and Interaction Design Visiting Scholar

Dehua Yu

Dehua Yu

Visiting Scholar (Assistant Professor of Industrial Design in Beijing Institute of Technology)

Dehua Yu is an assistant professor of Industrial Design at Beijing Institute of Technology in China since 2011. She received her Bachelor’s degree of Industrial Design from Wuhan University of Technology in China, and Master’ degree of Design Art from Beijing Institute of Technology in China. Now she is a Ph.D. candidate of Art Design from Beijing Institute of Technology in China. She currently works as a visiting scholar at Purdue University from 2016 to 2017. Her specialty is furniture design, Chinese traditional furniture study, appreciation and design. She conducts research on the history of Chinese traditional furniture of different dynasties, the art of Chinese Ming-style furniture, and the design of modern furniture inspired by Chinese traditional furniture.

Heeju Kim

Heeju Kim

Heeju Kim is a designer who is deeply interested in inclusive design and interaction design. She received B.A in Spatial Design, Ewha Women’s University in 2014, and M.A. in Design Products, Royal College of Art in 2016. Currently she is working at Purdue university as visiting scholar from 2017 to 2019. She believes design can serve as a bridge that connects isolated people and thoughts together. Through design both direct and indirect experience can be delivered, and through the delivered experience mutual understanding among different social groups can arise. Primarily, she is focusing on designs that encourage people to empathize with neglected social groups. Recently she has been awarded Helen Hamlyn Centre Award (2016), the IF Design Talent Award (2017), the IDEA Design Award(2017) and the Core77 Design Award(2017), four amongst other prestigious design awards she has attained. She has also presented her work at various international exhibitions such as the London Design Festival and the Dubai Design Week and her work has been featured internationally include Dezeen, The guardian, Domus, AXIS magazine, Viewpoint magazine, Page magazine and so on.

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