Dr Rafael Gomez

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Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences
Built Environment And Design
Medical And Health Sciences

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Areas of interest: Design and Emotion, Experience Design, Wearable Technology, Medical Health Wearables, Qualitative Methods, Longitudinal Methods

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Applied Science (Queensland University of Technology)

Currently seeking PhD applications across experience design, design and emotion, wearable tech for design and health, and design with technology for empathy.

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Dr Gomez is currently Subject Area Coordinator for Industrial Design. He is co-leader of the Design Fabrication Theme for the QUT Design Lab and is a prominent researcher in the field of emotional experience, wearable tech and 3D printing. He is also coordinator of second year Industrial Design, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. Gomez has developed frameworks for emotional experience currently being used by global industry leaders such as BMW to better understand peoples’ evolving emotional experience with devices, interfaces, services and systems. In collaboration with another colleague he helped secure close to $60,000 through the Cotton Research Development Corporation (CRDC) to explore the feasibility of using cotton in 3D printing. In 2015 Gomez was co-curator of an international art exhibition: Wear Next_ An Exploration into the Future of Wearable Technology. This exhibition brought together artist, designers and technologists from Asia-Pacific, North America and Europe to investigate the future of wearable technology. He has been invited to present at leading institutions including Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Baptist University, Tsinghua University, National University of Singapore, Singapore Polytechnic, Fu Jen Catholic University, Technical University of Munich, IIT Institute of Design among others. He has contributed as a research theme leader for the People and Systems Lab and has secured close to $250,000 in funding including national competitive grant schemes. Dr Gomez has coordinated and written curriculum for various subjects including design visualisation, human factors and ergonomics, usability and also led Work Integrated Learning curriculum for the School of Design. Due to his international network another key role for Dr Gomez is to continue building strategic pathways with partner institutions (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Baptist University, KAIST, Technical University Munich, Delft University, among others) and world-class industry (BMW, Fraunhofer, Bombardier, TechTronics Industries among others) at the teaching and research level. One way Dr Gomez continues to build this agenda is to lead the highly successful Asia study tour, which has secured ongoing mobility funding and in 2016 secured $52,000 in competitive external grant funding from the Australian Federal Government through the New Colombo Plan. He has also been central in developing internship pathways for industrial design students to BMW and Bombardier. In addition, Gomez brings over 15 years’ industry experience as a designer for small, medium and large enterprises across aviation, construction, medical, government and consumer electronics. He is design director for Propaganda Mill, a multidisciplinary design company working across product design, branding, graphics, high-end visualisation, projection graphics and virtual/augmented reality. Recent Achievements:

  • Awarded Cotton Research Development Corporation (CRDC) research funding ($58,000)
  • Awarded Teaching & Learning seed research grant ($40,000)
  • Awarded New Colombo Plan grant funding (competitive Australian Federal Government grant) Asia study tour 2016, 208, 2019, 2020 (over $330,000)
  • Invited Delegate; Australian delegation to Korea for research and industry collaboration
  • Nominated for Inaugural David Gardiner Teacher of the Year Award
  • Nominated for University Doctoral Outstanding Thesis Award

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  • Tuned 'Inside-Out': Mediating engagement experiences with music on-the-go
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Marianella Chamorro-Koc
  • The Relationships Between Cultural Values and Development of Product Emotional Attachment
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Vesna Popovic
  • Interactions of Digital Devices to Facilitate Emotions in Interpersonal Communications
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Marianella Chamorro-Koc, Dr Jared Donovan
  • Practical frameworks for independent design practices within lighting and furniture to encourage sustainable consumer behaviours
    Masters by Research, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Marianella Chamorro-Koc