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Alex Lobos

Professor
School of Design
College of Art and Design

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Alex Lobos

Professor
School of Design
College of Art and Design

Bio

Alex Lobos focuses in design, technology and emotional attachment as means to elevate quality of life. He is Professor and Graduate Director of Industrial Design at Rochester Institute of Technology, in upstate New York. He is also a Visiting Fellow at software company Autodesk, where he explores the future of learning. 

Alex’s research covers several areas, including emotional design, sustainability, computer-aided design and interdisciplinary collaboration. These efforts have been funded by companies such as Autodesk, AT&T, Colgate-Palmolive, General Electric, Kraft, Makerbot, Staples, Stryker, Sun Products, Unilever and Wegmans. He lectures and teaches frequently throughout Europe, Asia, North and Latin America. Alex is recipient of the Eisenhart Award, RIT’s highest recognition for teaching excellence. He is member of the Advisory Council for Autodesk University, has been a juror for the International Design Excellence (IDEA) Awards and the Ibero-American Design Biennial, and has also worked as industrial designer for General Electric.

Alex was born in Guatemala, where he started his career as industrial designer, and in 2002 moved to the U.S. as a Fulbright scholar. He holds a MFA from the University of Notre Dame and a BID from Universidad Rafael Landivar. He loves playing drums, long-distance running, and spending time with his family.

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Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

IDDE-887
0 Credits
Cooperative Education will provide Industrial Design students with hands-on experience in their field, directly related to a student’s major with an established studio or related business. Students will need to apply for co-ops, and interview as part of the selection process, based on available positions posted by the Co-op and Career Services Office, or found through the students’ own research. In programs where co-op is a degree requirement, students must obtain permission of their program or graduate director prior to enrollment. Co-ops are typically paid work experience, and can be part-time (150-479 total hours within the term), or full-time (480+ hours within the term). Co-ops may be one or two consecutive terms - fall, spring, or summer – with department permission.
IDDE-502
4 Credits
Senior ID Studio II applies design methods and skills to advanced level projects addressing users with unique, non-traditional needs requiring multi-disciplinary collaborations. Project development will emulate processes used in professional industrial design practice.
IDDE-799
1 - 6 Credits
Industrial Design Independent Study provides students the means to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. With the assistance of their faculty advisers, students will propose a course of study. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. **NOTE: Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA **
IDDE-599
1 - 6 Credits
Industrial Design Independent Study provides students the means to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. With the assistance of their faculty advisers, students will propose a course of study. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. A 3.0 or higher GPA required.
IDDE-698
1 - 6 Credits
The Industrial Design Internship provides students the option to work in the industrial design field. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Internship Permission Form to enroll.
IDDE-892
0 Credits
The Industrial Design Continuation of Thesis course provides student additional semester(s) to complete their thesis research, project, and thesis document.
IDDE-699
0 Credits
Cooperative Education will provide Industrial Design students with hands-on experience in their field, directly related to a student’s major with an established studio or related business. Students will need to apply for co-ops, and interview as part of the selection process, based on available positions posted by the Co-op and Career Services Office, or found through the students’ own research. In programs where co-op is a degree requirement, students must obtain permission of their program or graduate director prior to enrollment. Co-ops are typically paid work experience, and can be part-time (150-479 total hours within the term), or full-time (480+ hours within the term). Co-ops may be one or two consecutive terms - fall, spring, or summer – with department permission.
IDDE-890
6 Credits
The second of a two-course thesis sequence, this course focuses on continued concept development of a thesis, concluding with the implementation and retrospective evaluation of chosen design problem. Solution is presented in a public exhibition, complemented by a written articulation of how the theories and methods employed in the project impact the current and future state of design in society.

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Published Conference Proceedings
Lobos, Alex. "Finding Balance in Generative Product Design." Proceedings of the Norddesign 2018: Design in the era of digitalization. Ed. Simon Schutte. Linköping, Sweden, Sweden: n.p., 2018. Web.
Lobos, Alex. "Next level design workflows in Fusion 360." Proceedings of the Autodesk University. Ed. Autodesk. Las Vegas, NV: n.p., 2018. Web.
Lobos, Alex and Felipe Castaneda. "3D printers as sketchbooks: a guide to tangible iterative design." Proceedings of the Educause 2018. Ed. Educause. Denver, CO: n.p., 2018. Web.
Lobos, Alex and Tim Wood. "Statefulness and Tangible Interaction in Industrial Design Education." Proceedings of the Industrial Designers Society of America. Ed. Scott Shim. Atlanta, GA: n.p., 2017. Web.
Lobos, Alex. "Redefining Sustainability Potential in Product Design." Proceedings of the Cumulus REDO Conference. Ed. Anne Louise Bang, Mette Mikkelsen, and Anette Flinck. Kolding, Denmark, DK: Cumulus, 2017. Print.
Lobos, Alex and David Villarreal. "Organic Shapes the Easy Way: Direct Modeling in Fusion 360." Proceedings of the Autodesk University. Las Vegas, NV. Ed. Autodesk. San Francisco, CA: Autodesk, 2017. Web.
Lobos, Alex. "Beyond Death: Using Design to Transcend Life, Memories and Traditions." Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Design and Emotion. Ed. Pieter Desmet, et al. Amsterdam, Netherlands: n.p., 2016. Web.
Lobos, Alex. "T-Splines Modeling and Photorealistic Rendering in Fusion 360." Proceedings of the Autodesk University. Ed. Autodesk. Las Vegas, NV: n.p., 2016. Web.
Lobos, Alex and Stan Rickel. "Hybrid Ideation and Fabrication." Proceedings of the Industrial Designers of America International Conference. Ed. Ayse Birsel. Seattle, WA: IDSA, 2015. Web.
Lobos, Alex. "Bridging Between Digital and Analog Models in Fusion 360." Proceedings of the Autodesk University International Conference. Ed. Autodesk. Las Vegas, NV: n.p., 2015. Web.
Lobos, Alex. "Timelessness in Product Design." Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Design and Emotion. Ed. Juan Salamanca et.al. Bogota, Colombia: Universidad de los Andes, 2014. Web.
Lobos, Alex, Cong Yao, and Jongsoo Gang. "Carbon Neutrality in Design Education." Proceedings of the Industrial Designers Society of America International Conference Education Symposium. Ed. Sooshin Choi. Chicago, IL: Industrial Designers Society of America, 2013. Web.
Lobos, Alex. "Using Videos for Final Presentations in Product Design." Proceedings of the Canada International Conference of Education. Ed. Charles Shoniregun. Toronto, CAN: CICE, 2013. Print.
Lobos, Alex. "Unleashing the Power of Fusion 360 in Product Design." Proceedings of the Autodesk University Conference. Ed. Autodesk. Las Vegas, NV: n.p., 2013. Web.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Lobos, Alex. "Diseño Generativo: Combinando naturaleza y tecnología." Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseño. DI Madrid. Madrid, Spain, Spain. 28 Nov. 2018. Lecture.
Lobos, Alex. "Organic Modeling with Fusion 360." Vertice Design Conference. Universidad Rafael Landivar. Guatemala, Guatemala. 5 Sep. 2018. Lecture.
Lobos, Alex and Andrea Gonzalez. "El Objeto del Ecodiseño Emocional." 3rd Symposium RADE – Academic Network of Emotional Design. Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. Cuajimalpa, Mexico, Mexico. 15 Mar. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Lobos, Alex. "Diseñando Tradiciones, Tecnologí­a y Durabilidad." Jornadas del Diseño. Universidad Rafael Landivar. Guatemala, Guatemala. 8 Sep. 2016. Keynote Speech.
Lobos, Alex. "Life, Behavior and Death in Sustainable Design." Fabrica Design Research Centre. Fabrica Design Research Centre. Treviso, Italy. 20 Jan. 2016. Lecture.
Lobos, Alex. "Sustainability and Emotional Attachment in Design at RIT." University of Ferrara. University of Ferrara. Ferrara, Italy. 26 Jan. 2016. Lecture.
Lobos, Alex. "Mobiliario Urbano e Integracion de Comunidades." Bienes Usables y Duraderos. Universidad de Monterrey. Monterrey, Mexico, MX. 15 Mar. 2015. Lecture.
Lobos, Alex. "Integrating Design and Emotion." 5th International Conference UDESIGN. Universidad de Monterrey. Monterrey, Mexico. 3 Mar. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Lobos, Alex. "Design, Emotion and Sustainability." Workshop on Emotional Design. Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. Lima, Peru. 24 Mar. 2014. Keynote Speech.
Lobos, Alex. "Sustainable Design in Theory and Practice." Jornadas del Diseno. Universidad Rafael Landivar. Guatemala City, Guatemala. 24 Sep. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Lobos, Alex. "Diseno Industrial en RIT." Coloquio de Diseno. Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. Lima, Peru. 23 Oct. 2013. Lecture.
Frear, Lorrie, Alex Lobos, and Sandra Turner. "A Model for Trans-Disciplinary Collaboration in Packaging Design." International Conference on Design Principles and Practices. University of California Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA. 21 Jan. 2012. Conference Presentation.
Frear, Lorrie, Alex Lobos, and Sandra Turner. "Transdisciplinary Packaging Design: A Model for Future Design Education." Industrial Designers Society of America International Conference. IDSA. Boston, MA. 15 Aug. 2012. Conference Presentation.
Lobos, Alex. "Diseno de Electrodomesticos Centrado en el Usuario." Innovacion y Diseno. ISTHMUS Norte. Chihuahua, Mexico. 7 Jul. 2012. Lecture.
Lobos, Alex and Adam Menter. "Education and Industry: Working Together to Advance the Practice of Sustainable Design." Annual International Conference. Industrial Designers Society of America. Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans, LA. 14 Sep. 2011. Conference Presentation.
Lobos, Alex. "Collaborative, Cross-disciplinary, Project-based Courses for Innovation and Sustainable Design." Autodesk University. Autodesk. Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. 29 Nov. 2011. Conference Presentation.
Lobos, Alex. "Connecting Sustainability and Design." Workshop on Sustainable Design. National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. NTUST, Taipei, Taiwan, CH. 4 Aug. 2011. Keynote Speech.
Lobos, Alex. "Bringing Together Emotional Design and Sustainability." Midwest District Conference. Industrial Designers Society of America. Hyatt Hotel, Saint Louis, MO. 3 Apr. 2011. Conference Presentation.
Lobos, Alex. "A Model Trans-disciplinary Curriculum for Sustainable Design of Electronics." Electronics and Sustainability Symposium. University of Illinois. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL. 30 Mar. 2011. Conference Presentation.
Book Chapter
Ryen, Erinn G., Callie W. Babbitt, and Alex Lobos. "Life cycle thinking and sustainable design for emerging consumer electronic product systems." routledge handbook of sustainable design. Ed. Rachel Beth Egenhoefer. New, York: Taylor & Francis, 2017. 148-169. Print.
Lobos, Alex. "Mending broken promises in sustainable design." Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design. Ed. Jonathan Chapman. Abingdon, OX: Taylor & Francis, 2017. 145-159. Print.
Invited Article/Publication
Lobos, Alex. "Concursos de diseño: beneficios desde afuera y desde adentro." Vertice. (2017). Print.
Lobos, Alex. "Diseño Sostenible en Teoria y Practica." Signa. (2015). Print.
Journal Editor
Lobos, Alex, ed. Material Design. Ferrara Italy: University of Ferrara, 2015. Print.
Journal Paper
Lobos, Alex. "Benefits of Video Presentations in Product Design." International Journal of Technology and Inclusive Education 2. 3 (2014): 208-213. Web.
Frear, Lorrie, Alex Lobos, and Sandra Turner. "Model for Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Packaging Design." The International Journal of Designed Objects 7. 1 (2013): 1-16. Print.
Lobos, Alex and Callie Babbitt. "Integrating Emotional Attachment and Sustainability in Electronic Product Design." Challenges - Special Issue: Electronic Waste 4. 1 (2013): 19-33. Web.
Provisional Patent
Colaprete, Domenico, et al. "Laundry Cleaning Product." Patent 20130326996 A1. 5 Jan. 2014.
Published Article
Lobos, Alex and Deana McDonagh. “The Meaning of Design Awards and Their Influence in Design Business and Education.” Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 4.3 (2010): 165-178. Print. *