James Rudolph (Sabbatical Fall 2022)


Assistant Professor, Industrial Design

James Rudolph


James Rudolph joins the design department as an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design. James brings extensive industry and user-centered design experience to the department, having spent the majority of his career in medical device development and design consulting. James is particularly excited to introduce real-world problems to the classroom, while enabling students to explore thought-provoking and meaningful design solutions. James specific area of interest and expertise includes program management, contextual inquiry in healthcare environments, design strategy, ideation methodologies, medical device development, and creating environments for successful cross-disciplinary productivity.

Prior to joining the faculty, James led design and development programs for a wide array of healthcare and consumer electronics businesses, ranging from globally recognized Fortune 500 companies to well-funded medical device start-ups. James’ work often occurs at the intersection of pivotal healthcare domains and ground-breaking technological advances. Examples include: precision robotics for orthopedic surgery, laser therapy for coronary atherectomy, and focused ultrasound for non-invasive treatment of cancerous tissue. Previous clients include: GE Healthcare, Mako Surgical, Medtronic, DePuy Mitek, Ethicon Inc., Haemonetics, Virtual Incision, and HistoSonics. James plans to continue his research and design contributions while at the University of Notre Dame through a robust teaching regimen, academic research, and ongoing design consulting.

Previous lectures and writing contributions include:

Turning Qualitative Insights into Value-Driven Business Opportunities
Rudolph, J. (2016) “Turning Qualitative Insights into Value-Driven Business Opportunities.” Presentation given at BIOMEDevice Boston 2016 conference. Boston, MA.

Watch the Sterile Field – Conducting Research in the OR
Loring, B. & Rudolph, J. (2013) “Watch the Sterile Field – Conducting Research in the OR.” Proceedings of the Boston UXPA Chapter, 12th Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Visualizing Surgical Procedures – A Method for Exploring Surgical Time Data
Rudolph, J. (2013) “Visualizing Surgical Procedures – A Method for Exploring Surgical Time Data.” Poster presented at the International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare. Baltimore.

What is Industrial Design?
Rousmaniere, A. & Rudolph, J. (2012) “What is Industrial Design?” Distinguished Speaker Series: Gordon Engineering Leadership Program, Northeastern University. Boston, MA.

Conducting Research in the Operating Room
Loring, B. & Rudolph, J. (2011) “Conducting Research in the Operating Room.” Proceedings of the Usability Professionals Association 20th Annual Conference, 2011. UPA: Bloomingdale, IL.

Contributor to: Contextual Inquiry for Medical Device Design
Privitera, Mary Beth. (2015) “Time Tracker Tool.” Contextual Inquiry for Medical Device Design. Waltham, MA, Elsevier, 2015, pgs. 130-135.


B.I.D., Syracuse University, Industrial & Interaction Design, 2006
M.S., Bentley University, Human Factors, 2012


Office Address
233 West Lake Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Mailing Address
306 Riley Hall of Art
Notre Dame, IN 46556

ph: 574.631.1395
e: jrudolp2@nd.edu

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