Silvan received a BID from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada working on the design of smart assistive medical devices, and later an MSD from Arizona State University studying slow technology and new theories of human-machine interfaces. His research interests include advanced rapid prototyping techniques, local-scale manufacturing and product development, new human-machine interface concepts, smart products and embedded technologies.
Professor Ricardo Gomes has been a faculty member in the School of Design (formerly the Design and Industry (DAI) Department) at San Francisco State University for over 27 years. He was the Chair of the DAI Department from 2002-2012. Prof. Gomes coordinates the Design Center for Global Needs and the Shapira Design Archive Project in the School of Design (DES).
Ph.D., University of Brighton, Brighton UK
M.S. Eng, Product Design, Stanford University
A.B. cum laude, Harvard University
Yu-Charn Chen is an expert in computer-aided design and industrial engineering technology. Chen has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Computer Aided Design & Drafting (AutoCAD), computer simulation (PSPICE, LTSPICE, NI Multisim, Electronics Workbench), microcomputer control systems, and Industrial Research & Development (R&D). He has worked as a design engineer for several companies in the U.S. He also taught ENGR 353Microelectronics + ENGR310 Microelectronics Lab in the School of Engineering at SF State.