Jason Carley

Assistant Professor, Design
238 West Lake Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556


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Assistant Professor, Design

Area: Design


MFA, University of Notre Dame
B.S., University of Notre Dame

Research Interests

Sustainable Manufacturing, Bio-Materials, Digital Prototyping and Product Development, Circular Economies and Systems Design, Resource Use and Renewability, Technology Applications for Health and Wellness, Data Visualization


Jason Carley is an industrial designer, entrepreneur, and educator working to improve the sustainability of designed objects and built environments. Through his practice, Jason examines consumer behavior and combines experimental biomaterials, alternative service models, digital prototyping techniques, and data visualizations to propose novel solutions to industrial challenges. His current research on circular economies explores how systems design can enable empowering experiences with drastically lower environmental impacts.

During his 15 year career as a design and engineering consultant, Jason has helped bring dozens of products to market and generated patents in healthcare, optics, and electronics. He has conducted UX research in the United States, Canada, and Europe, working with respected clients such as Philips, Disney, The Home Depot, Dell, Abbott, and Whirlpool.

Jason’s work has been recognized by the prestigious IDEA award, MDEA Gold, Core77 Design Awards, and CES’ “Best in Innovation”. He was named a finalist for the Forbes "30 Under 30 Manufacturing & Industry List" for his service in Chicago’s hardware and entrepreneurship communities. His products have been featured in Forbes, The Verge, Crains, Wallpaper, Yanko Design, Apartment Therapy, and the Alliance for American Manufacturing, and have appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank, America's Greatest Makers, and in installations at Disneyland Parks, Madame Tussauds in Times Square, and The Four Seasons Resort in Oahu.

Jason has also taught at Northwestern University and has served as industry mentor at numerous institutions.

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