Tin Man Lau, IDSA






Educational Background:
B.S. - National Cheng Kung University - Taiwan
M.A. - The Ohio State University

Alumni Professor by Auburn Alumni Association (2010-2015)
Ulm Professor by CADC (2009 to 2011)
Certificate of Appreciation from the president of Shu-Te University (2009)
Design Intelligence Magazine Most Admired Educators of 2009
Design Intelligence Magazine DI25 Most Admired Educators of 2008
Design Intelligence Magazine Educators of the Year for 2007
AU Global Tiger Certificate (2005)
Outstanding Teaching Award by CADC (2001)
Dedicated Service Bronze Award by CADC (1999)
The Brother International Recognition Award by Brother International Corporation, USA (1997
Dean’s Award for Excellence (Research), CADC (1997)
Faculty Recognition Award (Outreach), CADC (1996)
Board of Directors, Design Alabama (1996 - 2004)
Who's Who Among Asian Americans (1994-1995)
Member of PHI BETA DELTA, Honor Society for International Scholars (1992)
SGA Outstanding Faculty Award given by the Student Government Association, Auburn University (1990)

Areas of Expertise:
Product Design
New Product Development
Product Semantics
Design and Culture
Design Methodology
3D Computer Modeling
Rapid Prototyping

Lau is originally from Hong Kong, studied under Professor Reinhart Butter at the Ohio State University. He worked for the Taiwan Kolin Co., Ltd. (a corporation branch of Mitsubishi, Japan) as an assistant engineer before his graduate study. He joined the faculty at Auburn in 1986. He is now a professor teaching both undergraduate and graduate design courses in the Department of Industrial and Graphic Design. He is an independent design consultant specialized in developing consumer products. During his tenure in Auburn, he has directed numerous design projects funded by NASA, Brother International, DOE, Frigidaire, PlayCore, Windsted, Thermo Fisher Scientific, etc. He has visited People's Republic of China for paper presentation and lectures at various Industrial Design programs. He has been a visiting professor at NCKU and Shu-Te University in Taiwan.

Each summer, Lau also leads and manages the eight-week “studio abroad” Taiwan program in collaboration with Shu-Te University 's Department of Product Design. This program gives industrial design students an opportunity to better develop their skills within an international design team while gaining new exposure in a different culture.

Advanced Product Design (Fourth Year Studio)
Industrial Design Thesis (Fourth Year Studio)
Advanced Computer-Aided Design
Design Orientation (Graduate)


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