Professor Hua Dong
I joined the University as Professor of Design in September 2018. My research interests relate to inclusive design and I have published more than 150 papers in design and engineering journals and conferences.
For the past 12 years, I have taught Industrial Design as a lecturer and senior lecturer at Brunel University and as a Professor at Tongji University. In spring 2014, I became Tongji University’s Dean of College of Arts and Media, where communication, design and art subjects meet.
I started my career as a research associate at the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre, collaborating closely with the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art.
Since then, I’ve been the editor of the Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology (CWUAAT), co-edited three Springer proceedings and have served as the guest editor for the ‘Alldesign’ special issue on inclusive design in China and the Design for All Newsletter in India.
I have been successful in receiving Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grants and several fellowships in China, including the prestigious Thousand Young Talents Fellowship and have extensive experience of providing specialised design consultancy to industries in the UK, Finland and China.
In the Design Council ‘Design Bugs Out’ challenge, I led the Brunel team; the outcome was selected for the Good Ergonomics exhibition in the Design Museum, mass produced and featured as a case study in Research Excellence Framework 2014.
I have also collaborated with the largest stationery manufacturer in China on a design that received Red Star Awards – the country’s most sought-after industrial design accolades.