James Rudolph

Assistant Professor, Design
233 West Lake Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-4860


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Assistant Professor, Design

Area: Design


M.S. (HFID), Bentley University
B.I.D., Syracuse University

Research Interests

Industrial and Interaction Design, Cross-Disciplinary Product Development, Design Process Theory, User-Centered Design, Design for Health and Well-Being, Creative Problem Solving


Design is an inherently cross-disciplinary academic discipline and professional practice, inspired and shaped by the research and knowledge from often disparate industries and research domains. My work occurs at the intersection of advanced technological breakthroughs and pivotal healthcare challenges, utilizing research supported design principles to bring important and meaningful healthcare solutions to market. My recent research focuses on innovate medical device start-ups and nascent healthcare companies, where I collaborate with a diverse set of stakeholders to integrate human-centered design practices into the fabric of their corporate culture. 

Informed by an educational background in both design and human factors engineering, and guided by 15+ years of industry experience, I develop product innovation strategies to meet the unique demands of early-stage medical device companies. I work in partnership with academics, technologists, and industry practitioners alike to deliver conceptual direction, integrate human-centered development practices, and provide vision for important healthcare changes – changes that are empathetic to human needs, savvy of business constraints, and driven by the latest technological advances. 

Prior to joining the faculty at Notre Dame, I 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.

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