Associate Professor Sandy Walker

Academic Status

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (3.11)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I have a passion for innovation, the creation of value through the successful exploitation of creativity. A good idea is only a good idea, without the support of product research, creative design, development, investment and commercialization strategies. During the course of my career, I have worked in product development, business development and senior management capacities the UK, Australia, USA, South Korea and China. As an industrial designer and business development manager, I have identified and developed numerous product and business model opportunities, spanning the communications, domestic appliance, computer, medical, plastics, sustainability, education and food & beverage industries.

As a graduate from a BSc degree in Industrial Design (Technology) program (the first engineering, marketing and product design hybrid course in Britain featuring a significant industry involvement component), and having worked in the R&D departments of advanced technology companies for much of my professional design career, I believe that a pedagogical environment which encourages the application of scientific knowledge and the provision of learning activities within an applied professional setting, are critical components of an industrial design education. Direct industry involvement through collaborative projects and industryinternships with local, national and international organisations, are all important aspects ofthe courses that Ilead.

In a commercial environment where only one in seven products is successful in the market place and where 30% of products fail at launch, simply having a “good idea” is not enough to guarantee success, without all of the pieces of the innovation “jigsaw-puzzle” in place. Product Innovation is the complete business process of introducing a new or improved product to market and it should span the entire product life cycle from the initial identification of a market/technological opportunity, conception, design and development through to production, market launch, support, enhancement and product retirement.

Qualifications

PhD Mechanical Engineering, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.

MBA, The University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.

BSc Industrial Design (Technology), Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Higher National Certificate in Management, Fife College, Kirkcaldy, Scotland.

Certificate in Industrial Management, Fife College, Kirkcaldy, Scotland.

Honours, awards and grants

Selected for the “World’s Best Design Exhibition” 2016.

Selected for the “Good Design Awards Exhibition”, at the annual DESIGN KOREA 2016 Exhibition, Seoul.

Winner Red Dot Award 2016 http://red-dot.de/pd/online-exhibition/work/?lang=en&code=26-05795-2016&y=2016&c=167&a=0.

Winner Good Design Award 2016 https://www.good-design.com/entry/arthritis-nurse-call-device/.

The Premier's Award, 2015 Design Institute of Australia Award.

The President's Award, 2015 Design Institute of Australia Award.

Gold Award, 2015 Design Institute of Australia Award.

SimHealth 2015, "Best Technology and Innovation" Research Award.

Design Institute of Australia Awards 2015, Gold Award, President's Award and Premier's Award.

24 Hour Design Challenge winning team, at the Design4Health 2015 Conference at Sheffield Hallan University.

Associate Editor for The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice.

"Arthritis Nurse Call Project" ID Incubator project partnering with Hills https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HUmq7VzGmg.

"Safety Bottle Light" (ITEK), Invented, Designed, Developed and Commercialised. Product. Launched at EuroBike 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDyQUoqm27k, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9XG5mh0cwE, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsHLEXr6fkk.

ISWA Publication Award 2012, 2nd Prize, Awarded by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Vienna.

Initiated medical simulation collaborations, White + Weiss Cricothyrotomy Trainer - Design Story (youtube)

2010 Supported Teacher Award Winner, The University of South Australia.

Winner Good Design Award 2003 http://www.gooddesignaustralia.com/awards/past/entry/orbcourt-multi-sport-flooring1/?year=2003.

Design Institute of Australia Design Awards 2002, Orbcourt Multipurpose Sports Flooring- Commendation Award https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXOmbwMogXk.

South Australia Pavilion, ICSID Sydney Design '99 Conference, Coordinated pavilion design, development and implementation.

Finalist, British Design in Japan Competition (Citizen), Tardis Wrist Watch, exhibited at Suibu, Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

Key responsibilities

Launched the Bachelor of Design, Technology and Innovation in 2016.

Created content for, teach and co-ordinate, the following topics:

  • Ergonomics and User Centred Design
  • Design Methods
  • Design Communication
  • Design for manufacture
  • Design Studio
  • International Industrial Design

Teach, mentor and supervise, in the following additional topics:

  • Venture Dorm
  • Engineering Design Project
  • Design Engineering
  • Honours Thesis
Research interests

Industrial and Product Design

User Centred Design

Medical Devices

Assistive Devices

Sports Enginering

Teaching interests

Launched the Bachelor of Design, Technology and Innovation in 2016.

Created content for, teach and co-ordinate, in the following topics:

  • Ergonomics and User Centred Design
  • Design Methods
  • Design Communication
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Design Studio
  • International Industrial Design

Teach, mentor and supervise, in the following additional topics:

  • Venture Dorm
  • Engineering Design Project
  • Design Engineering
  • Honours Thesis
Publications
Expert for media contact
Industrial Design
Available for contact via
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0427 398 713
Interests
  • Industrial Design

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