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Faculty experts available to discuss product, industrial design

Faculty expertise includes graphic design, universal and sustainable design, art and technology, plastics

SAN FRANCISCO, November 6, 2006 -- Faculty members in the Design and Industry (DAI) Department at San Francisco State University are available to comment to the media on such topics as graphic design, universal and sustainable design, industrial technology, plastics and more.

For additional assistance on locating an expert, go to or contact the SFSU Office of Public Affairs and Publications at (415) 338-1665 or

Assistant Professor Paul Catanese is an expert on new media; art and technology; hybrid art practices and hybrid creative processes; rich media/multimedia design and development; the programming languages and environments of Processing, Flash and Director; real-time 3D (RT3D); and physical computing. His art has been exhibited internationally, notably at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival and New Forms Festival. Catanese earned his master of fine arts in art and technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Catanese can be reached at (415) 405-2488 (office) or

Professor Yu-Charn Chen is an expert on electronics engineering, computer-aided design (CAD), and research and development in industrial technology. The coordinator for the department's undergraduate industrial technology program, Chen is working on a research project for the U.S. Department of Education on online wireless learning solutions. He earned his doctorate in industrial technology from University of Iowa.

Chen can be reached at (415) 338-1171 (office) or He is available for interviews in Chinese and Taiwanese in addition to English.

Professor James G. Edwards is an expert on manufacturing/design technology, with an emphasis on plastics technology and applications for design. A two-time recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award from the National Association of Industrial Technology, Edwards is coordinator for the department's Plastics and Materials Technology Laboratory. He earned his doctorate of education from University of California, Los Angeles.

Edwards can be reached at (415) 338-7896 (office) or

Senior Lecturer Kristen Marie Gates is an expert on industrial arts, plastics technology, Web site design and management, multimedia studies and software. Since 1996, students have worked with her “Digital Divide Project” to develop Web sites for more than 200 organizations and small businesses. Gates earned her doctorate in education from University of Southern California.

Gates can be reached at (415) 338-6171 (office) or

Associate Professor and Department Chair Ricardo Gomes is an expert on universal design, global design and cultural identity, design for community development and mentoring, design for social responsibility, and sustainable design. He serves as director of the department's Design Center for Global Needs and president of the Organization of Black Designers' San Francisco chapter. He earned his master of fine arts in industrial design for low-income economies at University of California, Los Angeles.

Gomes can be reached at (415) 338-2229 (office) or

Professor CeCe Iandoli is an expert on the history of women in design, contemporary issues of women in design, and technology studies. She has a wide range of experience and scholarship, having taught courses in writing, management, literature, women's studies, marketing, new media and psychology. Iandoli earned her doctorate of education from Harvard University.

Iandoli can be reached at (415) 338-1954 (office) or

Assistant Professor Martin Linder is an expert on furniture design and airport security explosive detection systems. Linder serves as director of the department's Threat Resolution Optimization Institute, which designed an award-winning explosive detection system used at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Nevada. Linder also is director of the department's Furniture Institute of Technology and Sustainability.

Linder can be reached at (415) 338-6525 (office) or

About Design and Industry
Over the years SF State design and industry students have created countless innovations, most notably Charles Hall, who in 1969 experimented with starch- and gelatin-filled prototypes that would later become the world's first waterbed. Faculty members and students have won Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for their innovations in three of the last four years.

The Design and Industry Department offers bachelor's degrees in industrial arts, product design and industrial technology, as well as a master's degree in industrial arts. The department celebrates its 50th anniversary this fall. 


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