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Wayne Chung - Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA, US

Wayne Chung

Professor | Carnegie Mellon University


Wayne Chung's research and work span medical systems and devices, robot design, consumer, and industrial products.


Wayne Chung is a Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies. Chung's research and work span medical systems and devices, robot design, consumer, and industrial products. Chung has taught First-Year Design Labs, Advanced ID/Product Studio: Product and Systems, How Things Are Made, Applied Research Methods, DigiTech Tools, UX Design Tools, and co-teaches Biomedical Engineering with Dr. Zapanta.

Chung utilizes design research methods and develops new processes to understand the person in context. This essential approach enables insight and appropriate innovation within a world of complexity. Material, aesthetics, fit, and the user experience can only be designed once the problem is appropriately framed relative to the human, artifacts, and environment context.

Chung has worked and collaborated with a range of clients, industry sponsors, and partners including:

Industry: American Eagle Outfitters, Bayer Material Science, BNY Mellon, Bridgestone, Cognizant Technologies, Daimler Trucks, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company, forms+surfaces, General Motors, Intel Digital Health, LG Electronics, PNC Bank, Procter & Gamble, Radio Flyer, Rubbermaid, Texas Instruments, Vocollect, Whirlpool Corporation
Medical: Ohio State University's 8T MRI, OSU Veterinary CT large animal transfer bed system, Energy Storage Systems, advisor to several BME industry projects and start-ups
Robotics: Snackbot, Chiara Robot, CMU NREC interior space project, and other robot components and systems
Chung worked as a design information researcher for the Federal Highway Administration’s Advanced Driver Interface Design and Assessment Project and industrial designer for Sundberg-Ferar. Prior to teaching at Carnegie Mellon, Chung taught in the Department of Design at The Ohio State University, and he served as the interim Director of the Industrial Design Program at Georgia Institute of Technology. His professional service includes elected positions in local IDSA chapters. Chung was recognized by the Design Intelligence Journal as one of the 'Most Admired Industrial Design Educators' in the US.

Chung is the author of the book titled, The Praxis of Product Design in Collaboration with Engineering (Springer Publishing). It is a culmination of applied methods, case studies, and a matrix tool resulting from numerous industry collaborative experiences and studio-based design education.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Consumer Products

Robot Design

Medical Devices and Systems

Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles

Industrial Products



Wayne Chung Publication



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Industry Expertise (2)



Accomplishments (1)

Most Admired Industrial Design Educators (professional)

Design Intelligence Journal

Education (2)

University of the Arts: M.A., Industrial Design

Carnegie Mellon University: B.F.A., Industrial Design

minor in Business Management

Event Appearances (1)

The Inherent Potential of the Industrial Design Praxis

Education Symposium  


Patents (2)

Device to optimize cosmetic injectable procedures



The present invention provides a system consisting of a handheld device with integrated power source. The system will be designed to perform several treatment (massage) modalities and will be used to optimize outcome following cosmetic injectable procedures. The cosmetic injectable procedures that the invention will enhance include but are not limited to: Injection procedures with Sculptra, Radiesse, Restylane and Juvederm and autologous fat transfer injection procedures—as a group these injection procedures are referred to as “volumizing” procedures.

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Facial treatment device



Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to portable facial treatment devices, and methods of using same. In some embodiments, the invention is directed to a muscle toning treatment device, comprising: (i) a polarity generator; (ii) a single active electrode assembly comprising a first electrode being adapted to apply electrical current to the area of the skin to be treated; (iii) at least one vibration modality, wherein the vibration modality provides a vibration frequency, of between 5-6 MHz or between 30-35 Hz; (iv) at least one heating modality for heating the skin of the user, wherein the temperature of the heating modality is between 34 and 45 degrees Celsius; and (v) a counter electrode assembly comprising second electrode being adapted to be in continuous contact to a second location of the skin of the user.

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Articles (3)

WIP: Engineering and Industrial Design Sub-teams for a Multi-disciplinary Biomedical Engineering Design Course

2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

2020 Biomedical engineers today often work with industrial designers (IDs) to understand unmet needs and improve healthcare [1],[2]. In industry, engineer and ID subteams complete tasks together but also independently to generate separate-but-related deliverables [3]. Few university courses offer Biomedical Engineering (BME) students the opportunity to develop solutions with industrial design (ID) students.

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Mindset and Modes of Design Studio Education

The Praxis of Product Design in Collaboration with Engineering

2018 Carl Sagan (Carl Sagan’s last interview, 1996) said “Science is more than a body of knowledge. It’s a way of thinking.” Sagan’s concern in the age of science and technology requires deep investigation. Both critical thinking and creativity is a necessity to imagine how to solve seemingly simple problems to complex problems.

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Vision and Tensions That Elevate Product Design Development

The Praxis of Product Design in Collaboration with Engineering

2018 Product development requires both converging and diverging approaches for addressing complex problems and challenges. Teaching this methodology, and best practices have been successful in a studio and project-based pedagogy. Because of this specific type of teaching and learning environment, designers and engineers are able to work collaboratively while relying on a resilient design process.

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