I spent 2013 in Santiago, Chile as a visiting scholar at the Design Lab of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez on a Fulbright Fellowship. During the year, I taught an undergraduate class on product design, gave twelve invited talks and presentations throughout South America (Chile, Brazil, & Colombia), and completed a research project and publication on electric mobility, vehicle sharing, and renewable energy in Chile.
Working with colleague Francisco Moure, we independently developed the curriculum for and taught Taller de Objetos, a first-year undergraduate interdisciplinary product design studio. We focused on creating a course that was highly engaging for first-year students mixing strong elements of industrial design and hands-on engineering skills such as electronics prototyping, introduction to programming (Processing and Arduino), and digital fabrication. We also taught graphic design, visual presentation, and video creation skills with the goal of teaching our students the importance of documenting and presenting their work in a variety of multimedia formats. The students had access to the UAI Fab Lab (one of the largest and most technologically advanced fabrication labs in South America including laser cutters, waterjets, 3D scanners/printers, shop tools, a vacuum former, CNC router, etc.) and were encouraged to take advantage of the Fab Lab facilities in their projects.