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 (4 years 11 months)

    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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