Ding (Joe) Zhou

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Areas of interest: Design-led STEM education, Design-based pedagogy, Design for additive manufacturing/3D printing, Tangible interaction design

2018.7 – present: Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. PhD Candidate in Industrial Design
2006.9 – 2009.6: Shandong University, China. M.A. in Industrial Design
2002.9 – 2006.6: Zhejiang Sci-tech University, China. B.A. in Industrial Design

Ding Zhou is pursuing his PhD degree, having commenced in July 2018 at QUT. He is also an associate member of the QUT STEM Education Research Group. Based on the collaboration with QUT STEM for School, he has conducted ‘Online Teacher PD: Design-based Integrated STEM Pedagogy utilising 3D Printing‘, which is one of his PhD research outcomes.

Graduating with a B.A. and M.A. in Industrial Design, Ding Zhou was a Lecturer and Associate Professor in industrial design with Nanjing University of the Arts, China, from 2009 to June 2018. In 2012, he was a bilingual visiting staff member at the University of Virginia, US. From 2014 to 2015, he worked as a visiting scholar at the School of Design, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Thesis Title: Developing Design-led Integrated STEM Programmes Utilising 3D Printing for Secondary Schools in Queensland, Australia

Integrated STEM education represents the latest development stage of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). STEM education is the pathway to a highly capable future workforce and is linked to a nation’s development and prosperity. In Australia, there is an apparent gap between the disconnected curriculum and the definition of integrated STEM education. The understanding of how to develop integrated STEM programmes is an under-researched area, which is the driving question of this study. This research aims to explore the value of design-based pedagogy on developing integrated STEM programmes utilising 3D printing. The main contributions of the study will be an understanding of how appropriate design process models can be adopted in design-based pedagogy to develop relevant educational programmes. As research outcome, a related pedagogical model for Queensland secondary schools assists in the development of integrated STEM education and 3D printing application in Australia, which benefit students’ future career and promotes Australia’s competitiveness and innovation capacity. It also highlights an innovative area where industrial designers integrate design expertise into STEM education.

Principal Supervisor: Dr Rafael Gomez
Associate Supervisors: Dr James Davis and A/Prof Markus Rittenbruch

Estimated Completion Date: July 2021