Professionals in Residence

New technological advancements, as well as the continued blurring of lines between disciplines within the design professions, have increased need for the inclusion of industry partners in shaping the future of design education. Preparing our students to be 21st century professionals depends upon a partnering with those individuals and institutions that are engaged in design practice and are recognized for their achievements. Themes such as "total user-experience" and "reliable methods of innovation" are becoming important to business, and business leaders are increasingly demand that their designs and designers engage in these areas. Our educational challenge is to find the appropriate methodology for bringing these two themes together.

To meet this challenge, there needs to be an increase both in business leaders' vision of what design can do, and in designers' abilities to link the creation of user-value to that of economic-value. 

The KU Center for Design Research will bring together recognized authorities in the fields of writing, design, technology and business to help identify ways in which design can be utilized more strategically. Our Professionals in Residence find that working with students to shape the educational direction of the CDR is quite stimulating and that the diversity and creativity of its selected colleagues is personally rewarding. The Professionals in Residence will advise on the strategies of building a world-class research facility, which will include but not be limited to the following:

• Design Leadership

• Design and entrepreneurship

• Design services

• Designing businesses

• Educating executives about design

• Educating designers about business

• Creating new initiatives in the theory and practice of design

• Sharing successes with alumni, the business community, and industry partners

• And, helping integrate merging technologies into our curriculum.

Each semester the Professionals in Residence are selected and brought to the CDR. There, they can will present an overview of their work and provide feedback on projects currently in progress. The Professionals in Residence for spring 2014 are:


Robert W. Hurtz 
Head of Diabetes Care Product Engineering
Bayer Healthcare

Richard L. Stadterman 
Vice President of Global Device Development 
Bayer Medical Care

Raymond Yao 
User Experience Design
Bayer Healthcare

K.Venkatesh Prasad 
Senior Technical Leader 
Open Innovation
Ford Motor Company

Minyang Jiang 
Brand Manager 
Transit/Transit Connect/E-Series 
Ford Motor Company

Mark Schunder 
Freelance Inventor
Startup Advisor

Amyn Nanjee 
Product Manager
Big Data Strategist
Sprint Velocity

Katsuyoshi (Yoshi) Sato 
Industrial Design



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