RESEARCH COLLABORATORS and WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Bengtson

Alan Bengtson

Industrial Designer Objekt Produktion, LLC

 

Alan Bengtson is the owner and principle industrial designer of Objekt Produktion - a firm specializing in user-focused industrial design consulting, product design development, and limited production of consumer products. Alan is a highly creative, user-centric industrial design expert with broad experience in consumer, commercial and industrial markets including home appliances, plumbing products, children's products, housewares, power tools, construction equipment, lawn & garden, medical equipment and a multitude of additional industries. He has experience developing products in both corporate and consulting environments over his career. He has a high intellectual property creation record credited with more than 70 utility and design patents. Alan is the recipient of multiple design and industry awards including Consumer Reports #1 ratings. He has significant experience working both locally and remotely with international product development teams from Asia, Europe, Scandinavia, South America and U.S.

 

Chang Cao

Chang Cao

Industrial Designer

 

Chang Cao is a graduate student at Industrial Design at NC State in Raleigh, North Carolina. He started this program in 2014. He has worked on sponsored product design projects for corporations including TTI and ARCA. In 2011, he earned a bachelor's degree in Microelectronics from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China. Following that degree completed an internship at IBM Beijing, China. Cao also studied in the Industrial Engineering master's program at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy.

 

Percy Hooper

Percy Hooper

Associate Professor Industrial Design, North Carolina State University
NC State Innovation Design Initiative

 

Percy Hooper, Associate Professor Industrial Design, North Carolina State University is the Coordinator of Entrepreneurship and New Product Development at NC State University College of Design. In this capacity, Hooper teaches undergraduate and graduate design studios focusing on Invention, Innovation and the Design Process. He directs a suite of entrepreneur-focused programs at NC State called EntrepreneurShop that consists of Industrial Design Community liaison; Design assistance for Entrepreneurs; Innovation Crossing Borders; and the Middle School Innovators Academy. Hooper has earned degrees in Architecture, Product Design and Industrial Design. He has headed Architectural-Engineering design projects in South Africa and Ghana, while assisting other architectural design teams building in Mauritius, and the United States. In addition to writing for journals, Hooper has presented university lectures in Spain, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Finland and Guatemala.

 

Susan Kefer

Susan Kefer

Electrical Engineer

 

Susan Kefer is a software engineer with 25 years' experience in software development and test for military and commercial applications. She has an undergraduate mathematics degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and an electrical engineering degree from Syracuse University. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

 

Matt Kowaleski

Matt Kowaleski

Software Game Developer

 

Matt Kowaleski has had an interest in art and video games since a very young age and is very grateful that life has afforded him the opportunity to pursue these interests in his career. Kowaleski graduated in 2005 from Guilford Technical Community College with a Graphic Design degree. It was his 3D modelling skills that opened the door for employment at the UNC-Greensboro Division of Continual Learning. There he worked on online educational games, most notably the Econ 201 Micro Economics course. In 2012 he used his Unity 3D skills for a project at Davidson County Community College under a North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance grant. He later returned to Davidson to teach C# and courses. Around that same time, he joined the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant team at Forsyth Technical Community College to develop educational applications. He is always excited to learn new things about combing code and art to create amazing interactive experiences.

 

Jeff Mueller

Jeff Mueller

Senior Electrical Engineer, Tyco Electronics

 

Jeffrey is a Senior Electrical Engineer at the Center for Design Innovation and the Managing Member and Chief Designer at Board-Level Designs, LLC. He has maintained a technical focus in analog electronic systems and has worked on a variety of projects pertaining to IC, biomedical, power, and consumer electronic applications. Jeffrey has worked at companies that include Maxim Integrated Products, Cadence Design Systems, and Texas Instruments, and has assumed the roles of IC Designer; Systems, Applications, and Design Engineer; and Product Definer. Jeffrey is an Electrical Engineering graduate of Duke University, The University of Pennsylvania, and NC State University. He also holds minors in Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering. For over 13 years, Jeffrey has been a member of the IEEE and presently holds Senior-Member status. He has served as both Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Winston-Salem Section of IEEE.

 

 

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