Rene designs innovative products that afford meaningful experiences.

Work Samples

  • Microsoft ZEN Tactile Computer

  • Plantronics Diamant Earpiece

  • Samsung Ink Stone Hard Drive

Work History

EXPERIENCE Kaleidoscope / Cincinnati OH Jan - Feb 2010 Worked as an intern providing support for the design team on clients like P&G. Yves Behar + fuseproject / New York NY June - Sept 2009 Worked as an intern providing support to all aspect of the design process in the NY office. United Nations Command / Seoul, Korea Sept 2006 - Aug 2008 Worked as a translator for both United States and Korean military leadership. EDUCATION Rhode Island School of Design / Providence RI, United States Sept 2005 - Present Industrial Design / Architecture / Foundation Studies University of Cincinnati / Cincinnati OH, United States Sept 2008 - June 2009 Industrial Design / Foundation Studies AWARDS IDEA Award 2010 - Student Category Finalist Pico - Projector Camera iF Concept Award 2010 Samsung Arc Printer Plantronics - Wireless headset design competition Finalist Designed a wireless headset that resembles a piece of jewellery. Peugeot Automobiles - Concours de design Finalist urban transportation for the future metropolis Designed a futuristic, sustainable, compact single passenger vehicle. Chungho Nais - Water purifier design Finalist Designed an appliance that doubles as a furniture and interior decor. i-Sound - wireless headphone + design identity Finalist Designed wireless headphones with integrated wire management. Samsung Electronics - portable hard disk drive enclosure Finalist Designed a line of enclosure that features culturally authentic aesthetics. Hyosung Group - plastic bottle design Finalist Designed PET bottles that can nest into each other to save space. Microsoft / IDSA - Next Generation PC design Finalist Designed a futuristic concept for visually impaired computer users. SPONSORED STUDIO Samsung Electronics / University of Cincinnati, United States September 2008 - June 2009 Developed concepts for future office printers and cell phones for the American market LG Electronics / University of Cincinnati, United States March 2009 - June 2009 Developed concepts for kitchen appliances targeted at the American baby boomer market. SKILLS Research / Ideation / Collaboration / Innovation / Prototyping / Sustainability / Narratives Adobe Creative Suit, Sketchbook Pro / Rhinoceros, 3d Max, Hypershot / Office / Mac + PC Sketching + Rendering / Foam modeling / Basic Woodworking / Basic Metalworking LANGUAGES Fluent in English, Korean, and French.


Rhode Island School of Design



Cincinnati, Providence


IDEA2010 / iF Design / Microsoft / IDSA / Samsung / Plantronics / Peugeot /