Associate Professor, Design Studies
Coordinator, Industrial Design
Office: ID Workshop
Phone: (780) 492-4195 or (780) 492-6367
Areas of Teaching and Research
Industrial Design, Medical Design
Sydney College of the Arts, 1982; University of Alberta, MDes, Industrial Design, 1998; IDSA
Robert has practiced as an Industrial Designer both as a staff designer and a freelance consultant in Australia and in Canada. He joined the University of Alberta as a sessional instructor in 1986 and as Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator in 1999. He is currently Associate Professor of Industrial Design. His current research consists of a collaborative venture, and researchers at IRSM (Misericordia Hospital), examining “seamless technological interface” in patient treatment systems utilizing rapid–prototyping 3D imagery and other digital formats. A long-term collaboration project with the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine in the development of student projects using Universal Design methodology and the design of products for an aging population received a commendation by the American Society on Aging for Exemplary Program in Industrial Design (2002). In the last four years this collaboration has expanded into the inclusion of Computing Sciences and Pharmacy with the establishment of the SMART CONDO a research facility in ECHA that is examining issues of an aging population and independence. The group received the UofA Provost Unit Teaching Award for 2011. Robert teaches classes in design principles, human factors, and advanced industrial design practice.
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