LIU Zhenyuan

Associate Professor, MA Supervisor

Director of BA Industrial Design Program

Director of Next Mobility Lab


Prof. Liu is currently leading the BA Industrial Design Program and the Next Mobility Lab at the College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University. His design and research team is open to applicants for research assistants, MA students and visiting scholars, whose background in Design, Computer Science, Engineering and Management are preferred.



Design Education & Innovation, Design Management, Design Method



- Discipline Course (Undergraduate):

 Design Basics, Industrial Design 3, Industrial Design 4

- University Elective Course (Undergraduate):

 Reading Product Design

- University Minor Program of Innovation and Entrepreneurship:

 Introduction to Design Thinking


Academic and Social Post

   - Teaching Supervisor, Tongji University

   - Assistant President, China Industrial Design Institute

   - Assistant President, Tongji Institute of Art & Design Innovation


Education Background

2007  MA Industrial Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design

2005  BA Art & Design, College of Architecture & Urban Planning, Tongji



Work Experience

2010 - now   Associate Professor, D&I, Tongji University

2008 - 2010  Chief Designer, PEGA Design & Engineering SH

2007 - 2008  Research Assistant, London College of Communication


Achievements and Works

2017  Design Education & Emerging Practice, China 1st Industrial Design Exhibition

2015  Public art planning & design, Li Yun He, Huaian

2012  Urban furniture planning & design, Hengqin

2009  CULV Laptop (put into production in 2010)

2009  Pumplight (Good Design Award 2009)


Academic Works


[1] Zhenyuan, L. (2015) System Optimization Approach to Medical Auxiliary Product Design. DesignEd Asia Conference 2015: Spirit of Place and Design Education (pp.291-300). Hongkong: DesignEd Asia Conference Secretariat.

[2] Zhenyuan, L. & Fan. F. (2015) Teaching Design Thinking as part of Entrepreneurship Education – A Case Study in Tongji University. Emerging Practice:Inquiry into the Developing (pp. 166-174). Shanghai: Tongji University Press.

[3] Zhenyuan, L. (2013) Coaching the Intangible - From a Design Educator’s Perspective. Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Pedagogical Research (pp. 128-132). Shanghai: Tongji University Press.



2016  Social Design Lab,Shanghai Design Week, curator

2014  A URABN D: Students’ Design Work by Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien and College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University, curator

2013  Social Design: Dream & Future, Shanghai Design Week, forum curator



2009  Belt, Patent No. 200920008975.3

2009  Volume-adjustable light-emitting device, Patent No. 200920210486.6


Honors and Awards

2016  Excellent Faculty Adviser, Design & Innovation Graduation Works, SH

2015  Hongda Teaching Award, Tongji University

2014  Excellent Faculty Adviser, Design & Innovation Graduation Works, SH

2014  Yucai Teaching Award, Tongji University

2012  Excellent Faculty Adviser, Design & Innovation Graduation Works, SH


Academic Activities

2016  WDO (previously ICSID) World Design Talks (Shanghai), moderator

2015  DesignEd Asia Conference 2015, paper presentation

2013  1st International Symposium on Pedagogical Research, session moderator & speaker

2013  Emerging Practices-Design Education Forum 2013, moderator

2013  Social Design: Dream & Future, Shanghai Design Week, moderator

2012  Emerging Practices-Design Education Forum 2012, session moderator

2011  Microsoft Design EXPO Forum, guest teacher & project liaison



Email: l_zhenyuan@tongji.edu.cn


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