Independent industrial designer. I love to create meaningful and inspiring products. If you like my work, please drop me a line visit my website and blog at nelsonwah.com

Work Samples

  • Altec Lansing Speaker

  • Fracture Watch

  • Cobra AMP Cell Driver

Work History

  • Principal, Industrial Design

    • Nelson Wah Design
    • Jan 2010 - Present (5 years 1 month)

    Industrial design consultant. Freelance and collaborative projects. Form development, conceptual design, ideation, product development, design research, strategy, visualization, 3D CAD, quick models and prototypes.

    Clients include: Active Ideas LLC, Norsk, We-Inspire, SA Studios Global, Shape Security, Privacy Products LLC, Olight, Mobio, Symphony of Nod, University Medical Pharmaceuticals, Advantageous Systems LLC, Dynamic Gaming, San Gabriel Valley Jeet Kune Do, Bottomless Pit Games.

  • Contract Industrial Designer

    • BMW Group DesignworksUSA
    • Dec 2013 - Mar 2014 (3 months)

    Industrial designer for multiple confidential projects.

    Some clients include: Corsair Gaming, TaylorMade-adidas Golf, Umbra.

  • Industrial Designer

    • Soulcake Creative
    • Feb 2011 - Nov 2013 (2 years 9 months)

    Designed and created soulful products for a wide range of industries. Working together with small startups, large corporations, and everything in between.

    Clients include: Samsung, Cobra PUMA Golf, Altec Lansing, iFrogz, ZAGG, Dane-Elec, Elite Fitness, Thales Avionics, Cohu Electronics, Atom Inc, Powell Tools, Time Bomb, EWI, KIA, Dana/Spicer, Oxygenics, Rockwell Time, Electric Visual, INDUS.

  • Industrial Design Intern

    • Karten Design
    • May 2010 - Aug 2010 (3 months)

    Assigned to do key design work, research, concept sketching, mockups and prototypes, brainstorms, and presentations.

    Clients include: Simplehuman, Carefusion, Magtek, Duracell

  • Educational Collaborations/Sponsored Projects

    • Art Center College of Design, Caltech, Johns Hopkins University
    • Sep 2003 - Dec 2008 (5 years 3 months)

    Intelligent Mobility International (IMI)
    IMI 2 Wheelchair - 2008
    Designed a low cost wheelchair for Guatemala. In collaboration with Art Center Designmatters, Landivar University, Caltech.

    Project Concern International (PCI)
    Mobile Health Clinic - 2008
    Created a new strategic vision and designs for PCI's Tijuana mobile health clinic system. In collaboration with Art Center Designmatters.

    Johns Hopkins University
    Functionalizing Nanoparticles for RNAi - 2005
    Senior Thesis project. Combining nanotech with genetic therapy to control and guide gene expression at a localized site.

    Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Realtime Continuous Energy Expenditure Measure - 2004
    Was electrical engineering leader in team of 8 biomedical engineering students to create a device to noninvasively monitor and graph in realtime the energy expenditure of a woman during labor.

  • Research Assistant

    • Johns Hopkins University Center for Cardiovascular Bioinformatics & Modeling
    • May 2004 - May 2005 (1 year)

    Aided in developing a computational model for electrical excitations in the heart. I was tasked with exploring the possibility of a "late sodium ion channel," modeling this ion channel based on published clinical data, and running computer simulations to test the model.

  • Research Assistant

    • Johns Hopkins Medicine
    • Jan 2003 - Aug 2003 (7 months)

    Conducted lab experiments for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease research.

  • Summer Research Intern

    • National Institutes of Health
    • Jun 2002 - Aug 2002 (2 months)

    Aided researchers in data collection and experiments in ligand-gated ion channels

Education

  • Art Center College of Design

    • Product Design
    • 2007 - 2009

    Art Center Merit Scholarship recipient

  • The Johns Hopkins University

    • Bachelor's Degree Biomedical Engineering
    • 2001 - 2005

    Graduated with an Electrical Engineering concentration Bloomberg Scholar - Full-ride scholarship sponsored by Michael Bloomberg

Specialties

Affiliations

IDSA

Awards

Golf Digest 2013 Hot List Gold Medal - Cobra AMP Cell Driver. Design Patent for Cobra AMP Cell Driver. Featured on Coroflot.com Art Center Merit Scholarship. Bloomberg Scholar - full tuition scholarship at Johns Hopkins.

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