Purdue Interaction Design MFA Program

Cheryl QianCheryl Zhenyu Qian

Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Interaction Design
Office Phone: (765) 49-43069
Email: qianz at purdue dot edu

Cheryl Zhenyu Qian is an Assistant Professor of Interaction Design in Industrial Design at Purdue University. She received a B.Arch. from Southeast University in China, M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees of Interactive Arts and Technology from Simon Fraser University in Canada.

She seeks to understand design as a cognitive process and to use computers to complement the capabilities of designers in creative and flexible ways. Apart from conducting research on design process, she also worked as an active designer, creating visual representations such as interactive and dynamic websites, 3D renderings and animations, developing multimedia courses to foster design education, analyzing use cases to improve multimedia repository design, and producing information visualization tools to support navigation.

As an academic researcher, apart from winning seven international awards from IEEE VAST challenges (2010~2014), the 1st demo contest prize of I2LOR'07 and the 2nd demo contest prize of I2LOR'05, Cheryl has built up a publication list ranging from journals, conference proceedings, poster presentations, and book translations in the interdisciplinary domains of Interaction Design, Information Visualization Design, Digital Learning, Computer-aided Design, User Expereience Design and Engineering Education. Her PhD dissertation won the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal from Simon Fraser University in 2010.

Steve VisserSteve Visser

Professor, Industrial Design
Office Phone: (765) 49-42295
Email: svisser at purdue dot edu

Steve Visser is a Professor of Industrial Design at Purdue University and has been on faculty 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. Before teaching, he worked as an industrial designer at Hari and Associates in Skokie, Illinois. He received an MFA in Industrial Design in 1988 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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 and 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.

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Laura DrakeLaura Drake

Associate Professor, Industrial Design
Office Phone: (765) 49-43058
Email: lauradrake at purdue dot edu

Ms Drake has been an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at Purdue University since 2007.  Her 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 Industrie” in New York City for 15 years.  Her works for Art et Industrie were extensively exhibited nationally and internationally and are included in many private collections.

TJ KimTJ Kim

Associate Professor, Industrial Design
Office Phone: (765) 49-66880
Email: kim1886 at purdue dot edu

TJ Kim is an associate professor of industrial design in the Department of Art & Design. He 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 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.