University of Oregon

Department of Product Design


Kiersten Muenchinger

Kiersten MuenchingerKiersten Muenchinger, is an associate professor and the head of the Department of Product Design, and a principal of the Green Product Design Network at the University of Oregon. Kiersten researches new materials and their processing methods to understand when new materials technologies can be accepted in consumer products.

She has lectured on the intersection of materials, manufacturing and design at Stanford University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and across the country with ASM, the Materials Information Society.

She is an active member in the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) and holds the Western District Education Representative position.

Before coming to the UO, Kiersten was a design engineer with IDEO, Fitch, Sottsass Associatti, Walt Disney Imagineering, the Long Now Foundation and Parapluie, and was the Assistant Chair of Industrial Design at California College of the Arts. She received her M.S. and B.A. degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and Dartmouth College respectively.


Wilson Smith

Wilson SmithWilson W. Smith III is an instructor in the Department of Product Design, and a Design Director at Nike, Inc., Beaverton, Oregon. He is a graduate from the University of Oregon (Architecture, '80) and had worked in the field of Architecture until joining Nike in 1983 as the Corporate Interior Designer. Initially, he designed showrooms, stores and offices, as well as various graphic publications.

After his 3rd year with the company, he made the jump to Product Design. During the ‘80’s, the footwear industry in the U.S. began to expand both in technology and style. Becoming a Senior Designer in 1990, Smith was involved primarily with the concepts of Nike's Cross Training and Basketball products.

Establishing the design direction for Tennis footwear throughout the 90's, he created many athlete-endorsed products including Andre Agassi's signature line. In 1997, he was the first dedicated Designer for Brand Jordan, and eventually inspired by, and collaborating with Michael Jordan, he created the industry leading Air Jordan 16 & 17.

In 2003, Wilson became the Design Director of Nike Court, which includes all tennis & racquet driven footwear, while leading the concepts for Nike endorsees Serena Williams, and Roger Federer. Black Enterprise Magazine named Wilson one of America’s Top Black Designers.

Currently, at 29 years with Nike, Wilson is a Creative Catalyst within the Zoo – Special Other Operations. Along with footwear innovation, he is involved in Nike Better World projects, which include aiding recovery efforts in Haiti, and is the Design Director for N7, which bring sport and all of its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal communities in the USA and Canada.

He is also a worship leader at SouthLake Church, Lake Oswego, Oregon.