I have been learning, practising, and teaching industrial design since 1970. I received my BFA in Industrial Design from Kansas University and my MID in Industrial Design from North Carolina State University. Currently Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Kansas, I have also taught full-time at Auburn University and Carrington in Auckland, New Zealand. Additionally, I have taught short courses at Konstfackskolan in Stockholm and been a visiting professor at Staffordshire University in England, Halmstad University in Sweden, and the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay in Mumbai, India. Before becoming a Fulbright Global Scholar in 2019, I was previously honoured as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2015.
Working alone or in collaboration with other professionals, I have designed numerous consumer products, but my main interest was in transportation design- everything but cars. I have designed aeroplanes and boats, bicycles, motorcycles, skateboards, riding lawnmowers, tractors and excavators, and even paddle boards.
Recently, my research efforts have been focused toward using design to create sustainable craft-based enterprises in rural communities in the USA, Africa, Nepal, and India.