Prof Marianella Chamorro-Koc

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Academic Lead Research Training – School of Design

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Arts (Ohio State University)

Marianella Chamorro-Koc BA (PUCP, Peru), MA (OSU, U.S.A.), PhD (QUT, Australia), is Professor in Industrial Design at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Her research explores people’s interactions and engagement with technologies as part of the emerging technological shift to person-centred digital solutions. Her transdisciplinary applied research is and demonstrated in proof-of-concept prototypes of health-tech devices for people’s self-management of their health. She is a Scholar in Design for Health, advancing self-health technology innovations and championing viable local manufacturing transformation. Her research is particularly significant in the context of Design for Health 4.0 and SME’s competitiveness in health innovation. Marianella leads the QUT Design Lab Program of Design for Health and Wellbeing – a Tier 2 research lab- and is a member of Design Research Society (DRS). Her areas of research interests are:

  • Design for Health
  • Person-centred health tech devices
  • Human mobility and Disability
  • Human Centred Design and Experience Design
  • Novice-Expert Knowledge, Context-of-Use, and Usability
  • Community/people engagement with technology
  • Transformative Service Design for Wellbeing
  • Interactive product design
  • Design process

Career history

  • 2022 - to date: Professor in Industrial Design, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty
  • 2020 - 2022: Academic Lead Research Training for School of Design (ALRT), Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice Faculty
  • 2019 - to date: Associate Professor in Industrial Design, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty
  • 2018 - 2020: School of Design Ethics Advisor (SREA) and Program Leader of Designing for Health at QUT Design Lab
  • 2012 - 2019: Senior Lecturer in Industrial Design, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty QUT
  • 2013 - 2015: Post-graduate Coordinator for Industrial Design, School of Design
  • 2010 - 2013: Subject Area Coordinator Industrial Design, School of Design
  • 2007 – 2012: Lecturer in Industrial Design, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty QUT
  • 2003-2007: Sessional Lecturer in Industrial Design, School of Design, Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, QUT
  • 2000-2003: Expert contributor representing Peru: International Standard Organisation (ISO) - Working group TC159/SC4/WG11 for ISO/CD TS 20282-3 and ISO/IEC 250
  • 1997-2003: Industrial Design Head of Discipline and Lecturer, Faculty of Art, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (Lima,Peru)
  • 1995: Fulbright Scholar at Ohio State University (U.S.A.)
  • 1991-1995: Industrial Design practice (Lima, Peru)

Projects (Chief investigator)

Projects

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Interests and Community Service

  • Educational Advisor for the BCC Lord Mayor (Brisbane Transportation Implementation plans - accessibility)
  • Educational Advisor for QMI and the QLD Government (Design led Advanced Manufacturing Strategy for Qld)
  • Recipient of National Competitive Research Grant: Linkage project Seamless Journeys to Work for Young People with Disabilities
  • Assessor for ARC Discovery grant scheme
  • Reviewer of Q1 Journals
  • Reviewer for Design Research Society international conferences: DRS and IASDR
  • Keynote speaker and Visiting Fellow: Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (Peru), Universidad El Bosque (Colombia), THI Ingolstadt University (Germany)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2022
Details
Recipient of a AAUT Citation Award: Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2022
Details
Gold Award for Design. Project "Vis-ability", in partnership with QUT Art Museum and QUT Design Lab. Gold Award given for creating a culture of inclusion.The IAUD International Design Awards are the only universal design awards in the world.The International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) conducts activities aimed at achieving its basic objective: "To contribute to the healthy development of society, and improve the welfare of humanity as a whole, through further disseminating and actualizing of Universal Design (UD)."
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2022
Details
National Design Award - Good Design Australia Award Winner in the category of Public Sector Services. Project: RE-DESIGNING HEALTHCARE ¿ THE VALUE OF A DESIGN-LED APPROACH. During 2020-2021, designers and design researchers from the QUT Design Lab been agents of change in healthcare. In partnership with consumers, clinicians and leaderships teams across Queensland Health, we have worked to disrupt the system and co-create positive, design-led change, to improve the experience of hospitals for all. Award website: https://good-design.org/projects/re-designing-healthcare-the-value-of-a-design-led-approach/
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2021
Details
National Design Award - Good Design Australia Award Winner for the project: DESIGNERS IN HEALTHCARE AGENTS OF CHANGE. In 2021 through the Healthcare Accelerator Lab (HEAL) and in partnership with QLD Health, designers and design researchers from the QUT Design Lab been agents of change in healthcare. In partnership with consumers, clinicians and leaderships teams across Queensland Health, we have worked to disrupt the system and co-create positive, design-led change, to improve the experience of hospitals for all. Award website: https://good-design.org/projects/designers-in-healthcare-agents-of-change/
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2021
Details
Chief Investigator of a national competitive CRC-P11 grant in partnership with company i-Orthotics, MyFootDr, Healthia Group, North West Hospital and Health Service (Mt Isa) and University of QLD for the project: Designed-led Advanced Manufacturing of Smart Orthotics for Remote Australia.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2021
Details
Chief Investigator as part of a QUT team awarded a National competitive grant by Australian Defence Industry & Innovation Funds for the project Wearable Predictive Diagnostics (WPDs) for warfighter maintenance.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2019
Details
I am Educational Advisor for Queensland Manufacturing Institute (QMI) in the DESIGN-LED THINKING STRATEGY FOR QUEENSLAND MANUFACTURING; which is driven by QLD Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. This strategy addresses the Queensland Government¿s Advanced Manufacturing 10 Year Road map and Action Plan, dedicated to increasing the adoption of leading-edge design, innovation, technologies, processes and practices. It will assist QLD manufacturing industry with a program to expand the current departmental design offering and see Queensland positioned as the leading Australian location for design graduates to be employed.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2016
Details
Keynote Speech at EL BOSQUE University in Bogota (Colombia)Title of the keynote speech: Research in the Creative Industries - QUT CIF experience28th September 2016
Type
Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
Reference year
2016
Details
LP150100168: SEAMLESS JOURNEYS TO WORK FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Type
Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
Reference year
2016
Details
Invited by THI Ingolstadt University for a 2week visit to their UXD Discipline of their Electronic Engineer. The visit focused on collaborating on a students' project, shared by QUT and THI students. The project emerges from my current research work on People's Engagement with Technology for their Health and Wellness.
Title
Seamless Journeys to Work for Young Adults with Physical Disabilities
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP150100168
Start year
2015
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