Trained in Industrial Design, my skills are as multifaceted as my projects. Custom furniture design, product design for people with disabilities, CNC and furniture design teaching, small scale models, theater set design, home remodeling...
My designs have been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, ICFF in New York City and the Furniture Society member's gallery. Recently my daughter's room remodel was chosen as one of the Best of 2010 by This Old House.
Alan J. Harp
4662 Christopher Ct. Lilburn, GA 30047 770.925.3429(h) 404.935.2654(c)
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Georgia Institute of Technology
Master of Science: Industrial Design: 2001
Master’s Project: Wood Chair Design for Computer Numerically Controlled Manufacture: The Autumn Chair
Bachelor of Science: Industrial Design: 1988
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Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Research Scientist II: January 2001- December 2009
• Responsible for managing sponsored research projects, CNC prototyping projects, and the development and implementation of Furniture Design courses offered through the Industrial Design Program.
• Primary instructor in Computer Numeric Control (CNC) technology furniture courses for Georgia Tech Industrial Design and Architecture students.
• Secondary instructor for industry students in CNC technology. Certified trainer in AlphaCAM and ArtCAM software.
• Responsible for project photography, graphics and web development.
• Achievements include multiple exhibitions of furniture design at the ICFF in New York, two Georgia Tech Records of Invention, College of Architecture Research Service Award, publications in trade publications, and numerous trade show presentations on materials, CNC technology and design.
Industrial Design Program, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Fall, Winter 1996/97, Fall 2002-present
• Created and taught senior level furniture design studio and wood based materials courses offered at the Advanced Wood Products Laboratory.
• Materials courses focused on introduction of wood materials, product design documentation, traditional and digital fabrication techniques.
• Studio design courses focused on the creation of unique furniture designs while working with corporate sponsor oversight. Students created fully functional pieces through traditional and CNC techniques while documenting their designs for production.
• AlphaCAM, AutoCAD, Solidworks, Rhino and Illustrator were used to create and document the designs.
• More than 50 pieces of work from these courses have been featured at juried competitions at the International Woodworking Fair and the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers, and have been exhibited at various Furniture Society conferences and the Museum of Design Atlanta.
• Served as Thesis advisor for Master of Science Industrial Design candidates.
Center for Rehabilitation Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Research Scientist I: July 1988 – January 2001
• Industrial Designer charged with the development of custom Assistive Technology for persons with physical and cognitive disabilities.
• Principal Investigator on 39 projects and integral design and fabrication team member on additional 49 custom products utilizing ADA codes and principles of Universal Design.
• Responsibilities included: meeting and interviewing clients, organizing the design team, scheduling, proposal and budget generation, development and fabrication utilizing AutoCAD and Alias Wavefront software in addition to traditional techniques.
• Achievements included thirteen Georgia Tech Records of Invention, and papers presented and published in the RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineer and Assistive Technology Society of North America) proceedings for several years.
• Notable projects include: a height adjustable walnut desk for the Federal Commissioner on Developmental Disabilities, the Supine Computer Workstation, and Autumn Chairs featured in the 1998 Unlimited by Design exhibition at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design.