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Zhou Ding
Assistant Professor


Dr Zhou Ding is an Assistant Professor in the School of System Design and Intelligent Manufacturing (SDIM) at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), doctoral supervisor, Shenzhen overseas high-level talents. He received his PhD degree in Industrial Design from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, in 2022. Dr Zhou is a cross-disciplinary researcher specialising in Industrial Design and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education; he is also an associate member of the QUT STEM Education Research Group. Graduating with a B.A. and M.A. in Industrial Design, Dr Zhou was an Associate Professor in Industrial Design with Nanjing University of the Arts, China, from 2009 to 2018. In 2012, he was a bilingual visiting staff member at the University of Virginia, US. From 2014 to 2015, he worked as a visiting scholar at the School of Design Innovation, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Instead of machine-centred tendency, Dr Zhou always thinks in terms of how people perceive technology’s usefulness. As he is experienced in engaging STEM/New Engineering Education (NEE) knowledge transfer in university-level education, his teaching can cultivate students’ STEM/NEE literacy – an ability to identify, apply, and integrate concepts from related disciplines to understand complex problems and innovate to solve them. Dr Zhou has authored nearly twenty peer-rereviewed scientific publications internationally and domestically.


Research Area:

1. Design-based Pedagogy

2. Design-led STEM/New Engineering Education

3. Design for Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing

4. Co-design/creation

5.  Computational Design

6. Mass-customisation Design

7. Tangible Interaction Design

8. Educational Information Science & Technology


Working Experience:

2021 – Present, Assistant Professor, SDIM, SUSTech

2016 – 2018, Design Innovation Consultant (part-time), BRAGi Intelligent Technology Co. Ltd

2015 – 2016, Design Innovation Consultant (part-time), Profeta Intelligent Technology Co. Ltd

2014 – 2015, Visiting Scholar, School of Design Innovation, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

2012, Visiting Bilingual Staff, University of Virginia, United States

2009 – 2018, Associate Professor, School of Industrial Design, Nanjing University of the Arts


Education Background:

2018 – 2022, PhD, Industrial Design, QUT, Australia

2006 – 2009, MA, Industrial Design, Shandong University

2002 – 2006, BA, Industrial Design, Zhejiang Sci-tech Univerity


Publications (selected & fist-authored):

Zhou, D., Gomez, R., Davis, J., & Rittenbruch, M. (2022). Engaging solution-based design process for integrated STEM program development: An exploratory study through autoethnographic design practice. International Journal of Technology and Design Education. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10798-022-09745-2 (SCI/SSCI at Q1 level)

Zhou, D. (2022). Adopting design-based pedagogy utilising 3D printing to develop integrated STEM programs in Queensland, Australia (Doctoral dissertation, Queensland University of Technology). Retrieved from https://eprints.qut.edu.au/228586/

Zhou, D., Gomez, R., Wright, N., Rittenbruch, M., & Davis, J. (2020). A design-led conceptual framework for developing school integrated STEM programs: The Australian context. International Journal of Technology and Design Education. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10798-020-09619-5 (SCI/SSCI at Q1 level)

Zhou, D., (2020). Adopting design-based pedagogy utilising 3D printing to develop integrated STEM programs in Queensland, Australia. Poster session presented at the Design Research Society 2020 International Conference, Brisbane, Australia. doi:https://doi.org/10.21606/drs.2020.623

Zhou, D., Gomez, R., Wright, N., & Rittenbruch, M. (2019). Experience of co-creation with 3D printing: Design model and feasibility test. Paper presented in the International Conference of Experience Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (XD2019GoldCoast), Gold Coast, Australia. Retrieved from https://eprints.qut.edu.au/133254/

Zhou, D. (2018). Research on 3D printed creations through course design for the democratisation of production: Interdisciplinary opportunities for STEAM education. Paper presented at the Post-Conference Proceedings of Integrated Education for the Real World: 5th International STEM in Education Conference, Brisbane, Australia. Retrieved from https://stem-in-ed2018.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/5th-International-STEM-in-Education-Post-Conference-Proceedings-2018_1502.pdf

Zhou, D. (2018). Capturing interdisciplinary opportunities for product designers engaging in 3D printing-based co-creation of STE(A)M education. 工業設計, (138), 1-6.

Zhou, D. (2017). Opportunity and challenge of 3D printing-based customized design. Paper presented in 3rd International Conference on Arts, Design and Contemporary Education (ICADCE 2017). Atlantis Press. doi:https://doi.org/10.2991/icadce-17.2017.112

Zhou, D., & Jiang, J. (2017). Crowdfunding, entrepreneurship, and design education: Case study of a campaign by design students from China. In K. W. M. Siu & G. Contreras (Eds.), Design education for fostering creativity and innovation in China (pp. 117-132). IGI Global. doi:https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-0911-0.ch006

Zhou, D., Jiang, J., & Zou, Y. (2016). Systematic design method for co-creation of 3D printing service. Paper presented in the 6th International Forum of Design as a Process - Systems & Design: Beyond processes and thinking, Valencia, Spain. doi:10.4995/IFDP.2015.3144

Zhou, D., Zou, Y., & Jiang, J. (2015). A research into the design strategies for public seating in a windy environment. Paper presented in 1st International Conference on Arts, Design and Contemporary Education (ICADCE 2015). Atlantis Press. doi:https://doi.org/10.2991/icadce-15.2015.88

Awards in Design, Teaching & Research (selected)

2018,  Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship for PhD study, Australian Government & QUT

2014,  China Scholarship Council (CSC) Fellowship for Visiting Research, Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China

2012,  Fellowship for University Academic Bilingual Training, Department of Education of Jiangsu Province

2012,  'Mr. Smart Intelligent Socket', Silver Award of Cixi Cup Industrial Design Competition, Cixi Municipal Government

2012,  Excellent Paper, China Industrial Design Association

2012,  Third Prize of Annual Design, Jiangsu Industrial Design Society

2012,  Instructor Award of Chinese University students' Cultural & Creative Design Competition, Department of Cultural industry, Ministry of Culture of Jiangsu Province, Jiangsu Provincial Department of Culture, Suzhou Municipal Government

2011,  'Remote Audio & Video Communication Terminal', Third Prize of the 8th China Industrial Design Elite Competition, China Society of Mechanical Engineering

2009,  'Hanging Garden', Concept Award of IF Industrial Design Competition, IF Committee in Germany

2008,  '20%+ Automatic Pencil Lead', Silver Award in Low Carbon Design Competition, British Consulate General in Guangzhou