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UO duo's design makes final round of Department of Defense research competition

A Product Design faculty-student team is in the final round of a Department of Defense competition to protect military service members during chemical or biological attacks.

graphic showing four hands

 

New sports product design students already creating, fabricating, winning

Drawn by the opportunity to work with industry innovators and creative faculty, students in the UO’s new sports product design master’s program are also finding their fellow students’ varied backgrounds ideal for collaboration. The uniquely Oregon program attracted a mechanical engineer, a soccer jersey designer, and a museum exhibit installer, among others, eager to explore the hands-on nature of sports product design. Several students formed a team that won first place in the QuackCon in October, the country’s first collegiate sports and technology hackathon competition.

Garret Tollette

 

Revolutionary research aims to create garments without waste

Beth Esponnette envisions a world in which clothing is made to order on a 3-D printer that builds each item with no waste in a process that could include scanning a person’s body measurements. After winning a Faculty Research Award, Esponnette, an assistant professor in the UO Department of Product Design, hired Sarah Hashiguchi, a Clark Honors College student majoring in product design and minoring in chemistry, to assist with the research. The Oregon Quarterly winter 2016 issue profiled their work.

Sarah Hashiguchi and Beth Esponnette explore chemical-reactive 3-D printing

 

Feast invites diners to take home place setting, chair

It’s not unheard of for a restaurant patron to sneak out with a spoon. But with a chair?  And at the request of the host? Students in a product design class at the UO are encouraging diners to do just that on December 2, when the class, “Feast for Fifty,” invites community members to connect with student work over a shared meal.

student works on ceramicware

 

UO product design teams take top prizes at QuackCon

The teams won big at the QuackCon competition, the country’s first sports and technology competition for developing innovative product designs. The hackathon synthesized engineering, programming, and athletics to create innovative sports product designs in a 36-hour blitz.

students at work on computers

 

'Kansei' research aims to link emotions to product design

Kiersten Muenchinger recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Hong Kong, where she analyzed ways to design consumers’ emotional responses into product features. Muenchinger, who directs the UO’s Department of Product Design, is the only American researcher working in that process, known as Kansei design. She hopes to expand UO exchanges with Asian universities that use Kansei methods.

Kiersten Muenchinger and students

 

Paralympics athletes get a boost in Rio from UO product design students’ concepts for wheelchair rugby gear

Wheelchair rugby athletes at the Rio 2016 Paralympics this month are getting an edge from gear designed in part by students in a University of Oregon product design studio. A story in the October 2016 Portland Monthly shows how the US national team worked with UO in Portland students to create performance-boosting wearable designs, including arm guards and gloves.

 gear designed in part by students in a UO product design studio

 

A&AA students dominate national awards for zinc-based designs

UO Department of Product Design undergraduates won two of three possible $3,000 awards in the 2015-2016 INTERZINC Challenge, a theme-based competition which this year asked engineering and design students nationwide to design camping products made from zinc.

Tinderbox

 

New A&AA dean thinks globally, shares locally

For Christoph Lindner, the new dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, "university life-research, education, teaching-connects to everything." Lindner shares his enthusiasm about making those connections at the University of Oregon and A&AA's growing global reach. He brings his own far-reaching global experience to the table as well, having most recently come from Amsterdam. Read more at AroundtheO

Christoph Lindner

 

Women’s Olympics uniforms topic of UO professor’s research

Associate Professor Susan Sokolowski published an article, “A Visual History of Women’s Olympic Uniforms (1900-2016),” in For Her on August 2.

Susan Sokolowski