Prof. Dr. Ken Nah / South Korea

Professor Dr. Ken Nah graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Hanyang University, South Korea, in 1983. He pursued his interest in human factors and ergonomics by earning a master’s degree from Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) in 1985. He received a PhD in Engineering Design from Tufts University, Boston, in 1996. Ken Nah is also the first Korean USA Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE). He is currently a professor of design at the International Design School for Advanced Studies (IDAS) at Hongik University in Seoul as well as director of the Human Experience and Emotion Research (HE.ER) Lab. Since 2002, he has been the director of the International Design Trend Center (IDTC). Ken Nah was the director general of World Design Capital Seoul 2010. Alongside his work as a professor, he is also the senior vice-president of the Korea Federation of Design Associations (KFDA) and the Korea Association of Industrial Designers (KAID). Ken Nah has been an advisor on design policy to several ministries of the Korean government since 2000.