Associate Professor

In August 2010, Prof. Fred Han joined the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and appointed as an associate professor in July 2016. Prior to his move to academia, he practiced over two decades as an Industrial Designer in industry sectors including Automotive, Electronics and Technology with a range of globally renowned organizations. These include General Motors and Ford Motor Company in the US, and Philips Design (HK), TCL (Shenzhen) and Tonly Electronics in China.


Research Area

His research interests include User-Experience focused design strategy, assistive technology and healthcare devices for aging population.


Research Project

  1. Adjustable hydrotherapy wet vest development for patients with neuromuscular disease and other disabilities
  2. Design of Thermal Comfort Breast Prosthesis for Post-Breast Cancer Surgery Patients
  3. Assistive Hydrotherapy Device for Parkinsonian Patients’ Rehabilitation Exercise


Working Experience

2019.06.26 - present   Associate Professor, SDIM, SUSTech

2010.08.01-2019.06.01   Associate Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2007.04.01-2009.08.01   Design Consultant, PHILIPS

2004.05.01-2007.03.01   Senior designer, FORD Motor Company

1998.04.01-2004.04.01   Sreative designer, GENERAL MOTORS


Educational Background

2008.09.01 - 2012.11.01, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Design Strategy, Master Degree;

1994.07.01 - 1997.12.01,Artcenter College of Design, Product Design, Bachelor Degree.


Selected Publications

Han, F., Luxmon, T. (2016). Examining the Usability of Message Reading Features on Smartwatches, International journal of humanities and social science invention, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 68-76.

Han, F., Hahn, S. and Hsiao, R. (2016). Taxi Transportation Dependence and Tourist Satisfaction in Hong Kong, International Journal of Business and Management Invention, 5(7), 61-70. (ISSN Online: 2319 – 8028, ISSN Print: 2319 – 801X)

Shin, K., Ganotice, A., Downing, K., Yip, L.W., Han, F., Yeo, W., Suen, J.S., Lee, K.M., Soong, I., Wong, K.Y., Kwok, C., & Leung, K. (2016) Profile of Mood States and Quality of Life of Chinese Post Mastectomy Women in Hong Kong: Integrating Variable-and Person-Centered Approaches. Health Care for Women International, Vol.37(8), pp.906-921

Han, F. (2015). Characteristics of Purpose-Built Next-Generation Hong Kong Taxi. The International Journal of Design Engineering, 6(1). DOI: 10.1504/IJDE.2015.073844 (ISSN online: 1751-5882; ISSN print: 1751-5874).

Han, F., Shin, K. and Chow, D. (2015). User-Centred Design Approach for Hydrotherapy Wetsuit. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education. DOI: 10.1080/17543266.2015.1103785 (ISSN online: 1754-3266; ISSN print: 1754-3274).

Han, F. and Bowerman, J. (2015). Product Pleasure: A Tale of Two Cultures. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Invention, 4(12), 69–74. (ISSN online: 2319-7722; ISSN print: 2319-7714).



2015 Gold Prize. The Seoul International Invention Fair Innovative breast prosthesis (Heat reduction breast prosthetic device)

2015 Silver Medal. 43rd International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva Adaptive Hydrotherapy Wetsuit