Mr Mauricio Novoa

Mr Mauricio Novoa

Lecturer,
Industrial Design

Biography

I am a designer and academic with more than 35 years’ experience in the industry from product to industrial, architecture, advertising, communications and marketing (2D, 3D and 4D time based, events and moving image). Rising from hands-on design to reach creative direction and management roles, I have had the opportunity to look after a varied portfolio of Blue Chip and SME clients both in Australia and abroad, often travelling between cities and countries to lead, design, produce and deliver projects. Some highlights in industrial design and production for American, Asian, Australian and European companies are in technological innovation (i.e. electronic, construction and building, medical and scientific), durable and fast moving consumer goods (i.e. commercial and domestic appliances, white goods, food, tools, packaging), online and e-learning solutions (i.e. web design, e-commerce, flexible learning), user and human centered design, human computer interaction, visualization and simulation.

As an academic for the last 12 years, I was Director of Academic Program from 2012 to 2015 (end January) leading our group through discipline transformation, writing the new curriculum, shaping the new vision for our courses and implementing them as to "bringing creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship" to our unique School of Computing, Engineering, and Mathematics. This was a much-expected curriculum makeover after a decade with the support of renowned national and international academics and industry experts. An active research academic since 2007, I brought to the group our first PhD candidate after similar time (current supervision), I supervise a Masters of Engineering Project and I have carried out a number of research projects either funded by the university or in partnership with industry. I have taught units in all design streams for the course, from design innovation, management and sustainability, to 2D and 3D CAD software, directed our Honours program and capstone design studios and design research units. I have been member of numerous committees with university and industry. Additionally, I have obtained national and international acknowledgments for my work in teaching and research from peers in academia and industry.

Research wise, I am a PhD candidate at WSU’s Institute for Culture and Society (Globalization and Cultural Economy stream) investigating "New Knowledge Ecology for Industrial Design Artefact and Expertise in Education and Industry". Together with industry, I currently lead a REDI Connections project researching "New Learning and Environment". I draw permanently on my professional ongoing experience with especial interest on technological developments including their influence on society and culture, design for the other 90%, human environments, human centered design and sustainability. I also hold a Master Degree in Design from University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Previously I obtained a Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts from Pontifical Catholic University of Santiago, Chile (First Class Honours). My work as an artist has been exhibited nationally and internationally as early as in the touring exhibition "Chilean Artists of the 20th Century", Chile, South America (1984) and later in Australia as in "The Boundary Rider: 9th Biennale of Sydney" (1992/93) and subsequent touring exhibitions.

This information has been contributed by Mr Novoa.

Qualifications

  • BA Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
  • MDes University of Technology, Sydney

Awards

  • 2012: OLT Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (WSU) 2012-09-14
  • 2006: United Nations - Chile Ministry of Education Fund. Visiting Academic to University of Technology Chile (UTEM) 2006-06-14
  • 2010: Citation. Arts, Design, Media: Dissemination of Innovative Teaching and Learning Practice Report ADM HEA, UK 2010-05-20
  • 2016: Best Paper Award International Conference on Educational Technologies. RMIT MElbourne 2016-12-07

Interests

  • Creative and Critical Thinking
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Cultural Economy
  • Cultural Studies
  • Design Anthropology
  • Design Research
  • Design for Social Change
  • E Learning Design
  • Human Centered Design
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge Management as Related to Product and Process Innovation
  • Latin America
  • Manufacture of production tooling (Rapid Prototyping)
  • New and Emerging Materials and Technologies
  • Participatory Research and Design

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Industrial Design

Committees

  • American University of Sharjah, Research Grants Awards, UAE
  • iPad - BYOD Trial Project (WSU)
  • New Generation Learning Space Committee
  • iPals Working Group
  • SCEM School Academic Committee
  • E-Portfolio Project

Contact

Email: M.Novoa@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 47360 942
Mobile:
Location: XB.3.35
Penrith (Kingswood)
Website:

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Teaching

Current Teaching Areas

  • 300014 Design Management 3: Organisational Skills for Designers
  • 300597 Master Project 1
  • 300598 Master Project 2
  • 300773 Industrial Design Project (Commencement)
  • 300774 Industrial Design Project (Completion)
  • 301084 Design Studio 6: Ambience, Place and Behaviour
  • 301090 Contextual Inquiry
  • 301092 Graphics 5: Creative Computing

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300282 Industrial Graphics 2: Transition, 2008
  • 300309 Sustainable Design: Life Cycle Analysis, 2011
  • 300312 Industrial Graphics 4: Surface, 2008
  • 300313 Design Studio 4: Simulate to Innovate, 2014
  • 300314 Designed Inquiry, 2012
  • 300462 Engineering and Design Concepts, 2010
  • 300773 Industrial Design Project (Commencement), 2008
  • 300774 Industrial Design Project (Completion), 2008

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Novoa, M. (2010), 'Improving Design Education by International Collaboration, Traditional Skillsets, Discovery and Ubiquitous Learning', Design Principles and Practices, vol 4, no 6 , pp 23 - 40.

Conference Papers

  • Mubin, O., Novoa, M., Forrester, J. and Iqbal, R. (2016), 'GiggleBat : enhancing playing and outdoor culture in Australian children', Human Computer Interaction Conference, Bournemouth University.
  • Novoa, M., Mubin, O. and Apalakis, A. (2016), 'Persuasive industrial design and human computer interaction in child development for sustainable behaviour and water conservation', International Conference on Engineering Education and Research, Parramatta, N.S.W..
  • Mubin, O., Tubb, J., Novoa, M., Naseem, M. and Razaq, S. (2015), 'Understanding the needs of Pakistani farmers and the prospects of an ICT intervention', CHI Conference, Seoul, Korea.
  • Mubin, O., Rutishauser, D., Novoa, M., Wainohu, D. and Shahid, S. (2015), 'Interactive toys in the home : a parents perspective', International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Bamberg, Germany.
  • Novoa, M. (2015), 'Connecting people, technology and environment by disrupting design curriculum : highlights on today industrial design vision to raise technology innovators and creative entrepreneurial leaders', International Design Congress, Gwangju, Korea (South).
  • Mubin, O., Novoa, M., Ferguson, J. and Taylor, J. (2014), 'Leveraging the design of child restraint systems to reduce driver distraction', CHI Conference, Toronto, Canada.
  • Novoa, M. (2014), 'Framework for iPedising higher education : new makers culture for transformative industrial design education', International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain.
  • Novoa, M. (2014), 'Designers as brokers of meaningful innovation and socio-cultural significance', International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain.
  • Novoa, M. (2013), 'To ipadise or to ipedise higher education : new learning and the challenge of diversity in users, space, time, devices and formats ', International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain.
  • Novoa, M. (2010), 'Redefining Industrial Design Expertise for Education and Profession Sustainability in the New Knowledge Economy', Connected 2010 International Conference On Design Education, University of New South Wales.
  • Riley, S., Novoa, M. and Shrestha, S. (2010), 'Australia - Wet or Dry: technical approaches to water supply in a highly variable climatic and geographic regime', International Seminar 2010: 'Water: challenges of it scarcity?', Universidad Catolica, Santiago, Chile.
  • Novoa, M. (2009), 'International Industrial Design Studio project: Design for Development in the Era of Collaborative Networks', 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design 2009, Santiago, Chile.
  • Novoa, M. (2009), 'International Design Studio Project: Australian findings on preparing industrial design students for the emerging economy', 11th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Brighton University.
  • Novoa, M. (2009), 'Guest Presenter: Some Australian Findings to Date on Preparing Industrial Design Students for the Global Emerging Economy', Studio Teaching Forum: Enriching Creative Arts Learning, Hobart, Tasmania.
  • Shrestha, S., Riley, S., Novoa, M. and Essery, C. (2008), 'Penrith Campus Wetlands - Model for Water Recycling and Reuse', 11th International Conference on Wetland Systems Technology in Water Pollution Control, Vikram University, Ujjain, MP, INDIA.
  • Novoa, M. (2008), 'International collaborative design studio project : preparing industrial design students for the global emerging economy, part 3', New Perspectives in Design Education. 10TH Engineering and Product Design Education International Conference, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Novoa, M. (2008), 'Designing for social interaction through physical play, movement and learning', International Conference on Fun and Games, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
  • Novoa, M. (2008), 'Flexible education as a factor for innovation, development and implementation', New Oportunities for Technological Innovation Conference, Santiago, Chile.
  • Novoa, M. (2007), 'Accomplishing Results through Teachers and Students Partnership', CONNECTED 2007 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DESIGN EDUCATION, Sydney.
  • Novoa, M. (2007), 'Preparing Future Designers for New Market Economies', CONNECTED 2007 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DESIGN EDUCATION, Sydney.

Research

Research wise I am both, Active Research Academic at School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics and also PhD candidate at WSU’s Institute for Culture and Society (Globalization and Cultural Economy stream) investigating "New Knowledge Ecology for Industrial Design Artefact and Expertise in Education and Industry". Together with industry, I currently lead a REDI Connections project researching "New Learning and its Environment". I draw permanently on my professional ongoing experience with especial interest on technological developments including their influence on society and culture, design for the other 90%, human environments, human centered design and sustainability.

I have frequently been invited as guest speaker and advisory panel member to national and international conferences in relation to my work. As with:

2017: Guest Speaker for 2017 New Generation Learning Space Design Conference, University of Technology Sydney.

2015: International Panel Member for American University of Sharjah, Research Grants Awards, UAE

2014: Committee and Advisory Board Member for International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, EDULEARN14. IATED

2010: Speaker Invitation to Sixth International Fundacion COPEC-Pontifical Catholic University Seminar on Water: Challenges of its Scarcity, Santiago, Chile (Team)

2010: International Review Panel Member, ConnectED 2010: International Conference on Design Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

2009: Guest Speaker, "Some Australian Findings to date on preparing Industrial Design Students for the Global Emerging Economy". Carrick - ALTC National Design Studio Forum: Studio Teaching as a Creative Arts Pedagogy, University of Tasmania, Australia

2008: Keynote Speaker, "Flexible education as a factor for innovation, development and implementation". New Opportunities for Technological Innovation Conference, Santiago, Chile. Funded by Chilean government, Chile Ministry of Education, University of Technology (UTEM), and supported by The Australian government, CODELCO, UTS Sydney, TU/e Eindhoven, OECD

2006: Visiting Academic to University of Technology (UTEM) Chile, funded by United Nations and Chile Ministry of Education Fund

CURRENT PROJECTS

REDI Connections Grant: New Learning Environments. Together with industry partner SEBEL KI Furniture (AUD 100K)

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

2016: SCEM RIF Projects GiggleBAT and STEAM Ball. Both aiming to multdisciplinary collaboration between industrial design, hci and education based on child development with theme of play to learn (AUD 7K)

2012 – 2014: WSU Learning and Teaching Enancement Grant: e-Portfolio Lifelong Learning to research and towards infrastructure and technology investment and implementation (AUD 55K as part of a larger grant)

2007 - 2010: WSU Learning and Teaching Advancement Plan Project Fund: Preparing Designers for the New Markets Economy. Research on design education and professional competencies against national and international benchmark (AUD 15K))

2005 – 2009: International Design Studio Project. Students and counterparts in Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Netherlands, addressed global design-driven innovation and technology through codesign, experts-couches, ICT, HCI, eManufacturing, rapid prototyping and manufacture in China.

This information has been contributed by Mr Novoa.

Supervision

Current Supervision

Title: Mobile Technology and Islamic Education for Nonnative Arabic Children
Field of Research:
Title: An Enquiry into the Capability of Co-Creative Design Thinking to Effectively Deliver Transformative Learning and Innovation
Field of Research:

Media

Title: Australia: Design for Development
Description: Within the symposium International New Opportunities for Technological Innovation, Mr Mauricio Novoa, the Chilean industrial designer living in Australia, gave a memorable talk on design and techology applied to human development
Title: Knowledge ecology for industrial design
Description: Sustainable Lens, Otago Access Radio: Conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In our conversations we try to find out what motivates them and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective, through their sustainable lens.
Title: Guest Speaker for 2017 New Generation Learning Space Design Conference
Description: Today, space and environment shape learning physically and virtually while globalization and technology overflow education with data. Higher education institutions are investing heavily into physical infrastructure and technology to maintain industry excellence. However, technology may act either as facilitator or obstacle. Many say change is taking place faster than adoption, risking stakeholders??? alienation and missing opportunities to transform information into discipline intelligence and foresight. Successful technology implementation needs cultural change from the ground up meantime normal definitions for learning space and environment are contested and in flux.
Title: Industrial Design Studio Six: Ambience, People & Behavior
Description: School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics lecturer Mauricio Novoa speaks about his innovative teaching approach in the classroom. Industrial Design students create from product to human-centred design and system thinking.

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