Academic Experience (1965-2005)

Currently Prof. Emeritus, San Jose State University

Prof. of Industrial Design & Ergonomics, San Jose State University (1984-2005). Taught courses in product and automotive design, basic design (design theory), visualization, ergonomics, and computer graphics;

Prof. of industrial design, College for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit MI (1965-81). Led Dept. of Industrial Design to international prominence as Dept. Chair (1968-81);

Lecturer, Human Factors Engineering Short Courses, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (each summer, 1970-2004).


Graduate courses in computer graphics, University of Texas-Dallas (1977-78);

M.A. in Design, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1973;

B.S. in Industrial Design, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1971;

Major in Science Engineering (interdisciplinary program stressing research while on leave sponsored by Ford's Advance Vehicle Concepts Dept.) with concentration in computer graphics, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (1966-69);

Courses in human factors and engineering economics analysis, Syracuse University (1960-61);

Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, California (1954-56), Automotive Design.

Corporate Experience

Director of Research, GVO, Inc., design constultancy, Palo Alto, CA (1982-84);

Senior Engineering Designer/Researcher Ford Motor Company, Advance Vehicle Concepts Dept., Dearborn, MI (1963-65) (educational leave 1965-68);

Project Leader, Herman Miller Corp., Research Division, Ann Arbor, MI (1961-63);

Project Coordinator, General Electric Co., Industrial Design & Human Factors Sub-Section, Heavy Military Electronics Dept., Syracuse, NY (1959-61);

Industrial Designer, Mel Boldt & Associates, design consultancy, Chicago, IL (1958-59);

Automobile Designer, Studebaker-Packard Corp., South Bend, IN (1957-58).

Consulting Experience

Engaged in automotive and product design, application of computer-aided design, and strategic design in product planning. Clients have included: Black & Decker, Calspan, Daewoo, FMC, General Electric, Herman Miller, Indian Motorcycle, Kodak, Mooney Aircraft, NCR, Nissan, Peterbilt, Pitney-Bowes, Prince Corp., RCA, Rockwell International, Unisys, and Xerox.

Author, Journalist, Editor

Book on design theory: Watches Tell More than Time: Product Design, Information, and the Quest for Elegance. (McGraw-Hill, 2003);

Design editor, Sports Car International Magazine (2002-2008);

Past contributing editor for, ID, Innovation (Journal of the Industrial Designers Society of America), Design Net Magazine, Independent Newspaper Group;

Numerous articles about design, design theory, aesthetics, automobiles, aerodynamics, and computer-aided design, since 1956 (including ID, Innovation, Motor Trend, Road & Track, Car & Driver, Crossroads, Collectible Automobile, MicroCAD News, Cadence, San Jose Mercury News, Microsoft Encarta Digital Encyclopedia)