University of Oregon

Department of Product Design

Kiersten Muenchinger

Kiersten Muenchinger

Associate Professor
Director, Product Design Program

Tim and Mary Boyle Chair in Materials Studies and Product Design


Kiersten Muenchinger is the director of the Product Design Program 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 and why the newest materials technologies are accepted in mass-produced consumer products. She is an active member in the Industrial Designers Society of America and is currently the district education representative. Kiersten was a design engineer with Ideo, Fitch, Sottsass Associati, Walt Disney Imagineering, the Long Now Foundation, and Parapluie. She received her MS and BA degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and Dartmouth College respectively.