DYPDC is proud to have on board, as its faculty, an extraordinary panel of teachers and scholars. Our faculty has the talent and a passion for teaching bright and eager minds. Not only do our faculty share the in-depth and extensive subject knowledge that they have with the students but they do so in a manner that is refreshing and lively making the classes highly interactive where students become active learners.
Education at DYPDC is about learning how to think. Our faculty encourages students not to become passive recipients of knowledge, but they facilitate the students path of discovery. With small class sizes the faculty has a chance to focus on every student encouraging them to think critically and express themselves clearly. Our faculty consists of a combination of full-time and visiting faculty drawn from within the top echelons of educational and industry circles from India and abroad.
Emanuele Nicosia graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 1976 and has more than 30 years of experience in designing production and concept cars for worldwide car industries employing Italian creativity and designing concepts.
During his stint with Centro Ricerche Pininfarina, he worked with some of the world's most renowned brands, including, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Peugeot, Cadillac, and Honda. Presently, he heads the Automobile Design program at DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies.
"Emotion is the soul of any new car design, knowledge is the tool to make it possible"
Abhijeet Bhoge earned his Masters in Transportation Design from Istituto Europeo di Design, Turin (Italy). In the past he has worked with F & F design in Turin, where he was part of the team working on a project for Ferrari. He has also worked as a senior designer at Yobykes, Ahmedabad. His expertise lies in concept design, hand skills and engineering aspects, in regards to automobiles.
“A designer has the power to control the choice of people.”
Mizhuo Tomita Nicosia graduated from Waseda University, Japan, and went on to work with Creative Box, Inc - The Advanced Study Design Studio of Nissan Motor Company Ltd, where she was in charge of Project Management, Strategy, Concept Development of Various Show Cars that were presented at various important motor shows; Internal Advanced Study, Next Model Study, and Contextual Trend Study. After quitting Creative-box, she moved to Switzerland, where she worked as a Project Planner, Conceptor and Coordinator at DSN (Design Service Network s.a.). Since the year 2007, she has been with Bee Studio s.a.s. in Turin, Italy, and has collaborated with automobile giants such as, Subaru, Nissan, Honda, Daihatsu, Centro Ricerche Fiat, Martini and several others.
She believes that automotive design involves understanding and creating emotion with products that should also be functional.
"Think the future. Shape the move."
C P Nallure a graduate of Istituto Europeo di Design (IED), Torino, Italy, Chandra Prasad has been inundated with offers from internationally renowned automobile companies. However, his passion lies in pedagogy.
Ashutosh Shembekar has a mixed background of user focused product designing and product engineering. He has close to 5 years of industry experience working with Dutch and French clients, in the areas of CAD-PLM interoperability, product development, user research and interface design domains.
He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pune University and Master’s in Integrated Product Design from Industrial Design Faculty of Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
He is focused on working on human-centred designs, where solutions are designed considering user's emotions, feelings, culture and lifestyle.
He has worked for a variety of clients like Brands Structural BV, Philips; Erasmus MC hospital, Matador B.V, amongst others. In Matador B.V he has applied for a patent for one of his designs based on inventors mock up.
“Being creative is being curious with open eyes and mind.”
Youngchol Chon has done his Doctor’s course in Design Management / Chung-Ang University. Prior to this he has done his Masters in Transportation from Kook-Min University and B.A in Industrial Design from Sejong University.
He has more than seventeen years of experience as designer and design project manager in Renault Samsung Motors, Kia Motors and Samsung Motors. Presently he has joined DYPDC as faculty to pass on his knowledge and experience which he has gained over the years in order to groom the incumbent automobile designers specially in Transportation Design and Design Management.
According to Youngchol "Transportation Design is communication business between designer and people. The fundamental language is thumbnail sketches. The most of great cars come from them"
Gutenberg Award Winner
Mahendra Patel is one of the finest teachers of design today. He has been a faculty with National institute of Design, Ahmedabad for the past 39 years. He conducts workshops and training programs at Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda; Srishti College of Arts and Design, Bangalore, Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad, Industrial Design Center, IIT Mumbai, and Indian Institute of Crafts, Jaipur. He has also taught at Rhode Island School of Design, USA, Nova Scotia College of Arts, Canada, Christchurch College of Arts, New Zealand and Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, Pakistan. Presently, he is serving as adjunct faculty member at the Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID) & MIT Institute of Design. He recently won the Gutenberg International Award for his contribution to font designing for Indian scripts, and map design and signage design for Indian cities.
Delft University of Technology
Henri Christiaans is an associate professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of the Delft University of Technology (TUD). He is also a visiting professor at the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), The Korean University of Technology (South Korea) and the Fachhochschule Voralberg (Austria). Furthermore, Henri is member of PATO-board (Post-academic Education in Technology) and chairman of PATO committee ‘Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Besides this, he is also the editor-in-chief of the ‘Journal of Design Research’. His education and research areas are focused on design thinking, information processing in design, cultural diversity, and cognitive ergonomics. He has published several books and papers on these topics. In the same areas, he’s supervising eight PhD projects and has been involved in several PhD committees abroad. Since 2008, he has been a visiting professor at the Faculdade de Arquitectura de Lisboa, Departamento de Artee Design in Portugal.
Managing Director, Kovent Infotech
Patrick Roupin is an award-winning Belgian designer. In 2004, he won the Designer for Real World – Victor PAPANECK Prize. He holds a Masters degree in product engineering design from ISD - Supinfocom Group, Valenciennes. Patrick formerly worked as a usability specialist for one of the world's leading usability company in India. He has also worked as a product designer with companies such as Decathlon and Faurecia in France.
Design Manager & Consultant
Nicola Crea,a design manager and consultant for product development was born in 1957. He has worked as a car designer at Pininfarina Concept Institute, Fiat, Mercedes-Benz cars and Giannini. In 1992, he ventured into designing of boats and motorcycles. He started his consultancy, “Victory design”, an engineering studio devoted to yacht design based in Naples. Upon moving to Germany, he worked for “Daimler-Chrysler” at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design studio in Sindelfingen (Stuttgart), from 1996 to 1998. From 2006 to 2008 he headed CISME (Centro Interdipartimentale di Studi sulla Mobilità Ecosostenibile), research center of studies on sustainable mobility.
Delft University of Technology
Elmer Van Grondelle is the Head of Advanced Automotive Design at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. He has close to thirty years of experience in automotive design and the design processes. He holds a B.A. from the Dutch Royal College of Art and a Design Management MBA from the University of Westminster. He has worked for companies like Ford, BMW, Lamborghini, Volkswagen, Toyota, Kymco and Hyundai. Currently Elmer freelances as a strategic automotive designer, and spends half of his time at Delft University of Technology, where he is the program manager for Advanced Automotive Design. Elmer teaches automotive design, strategy and design processes. His research involves the design of management models that frame and facilitate tacit knowledge in automotive design.
Northern Illinois University
Jon Ashmann has taught in the Visual Communication Program at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb for the past 22 years. Prior to teaching at Northern, he was an instructor for five years at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design. In addition, he has been an adjunct professor and visiting designer at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago over a period of twenty years. He has received international recognition for his design, having worked for over 40 Chicago and national companies. In 1995, he was honored with recognition for excellence in teaching at Northern Illinois University, and in 1999 he received the "Above and Beyond Award" from the American Institute of Graphic Arts Chicago Chapter for his advocacy for design and contributions on the board and education committee. Jon Ashmann has been invited to give numerous lectures across the United States at conferences and other events. He has the distinction of lecturing in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and the South Pacific and having travelled to over 70 countries worldwide. As a frequent guest at the Accademia di Comunicazione in Milan, Italy; he has conducted many lectures and workshops over the past ten years. In addition, he has directed fifteen short-term study programs in the countries of England, France, Spain, Switzerland and Italy.
College of Creative Studies
Bryon Fitzpatrick's professional career spans more than 60 years wherein he has worked with numerous institutions of repute and automotive companies like Ogle Design, Letchworth, England, UK, Bernadotte & Bjorn, Copenhagen, Denmark, Ford Motor Company, England and Cologne, Germany, British Motor Corporation, Sydney, Australia.
Some of the academic institutions he has been associated with include, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design (Europe), La Tour-de-Pellz, Switzerland, and Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.
Hanbat National University
Sang Koo is an Associate Professor at the Hanbat National University School of Industrial Design, Korea. Some of his vehicle design projects include, Mini Van Pregio Seat Design, Mid-size passenger car Credos interior design, senior designer, Mid-size passenger car Credos minor change exterior design, Kia Motors concept car in Tokyo Motor Show KMS III, Kia Motors sporty coupe concept design, Kia Motors sub compact passenger car Spectra Wing design, Hyundai Motors Starex Ambulance Design, Hyundai Motors compact car concept ‘Sneakers’ design, Hyundai Motors sub-compact car ‘Olive’ design, Hyundai Motors Grand Starex Ambulance design, Hyundai Motors Luxury car concept research and Seoul Grand Park Online Electric Vehicle Body design.
Delft University of Technology
Koos Eissen is the head of the drawing department and associate professor for Industrial Design at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. He is best known for his world-renowned book called, Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers, which has sold more than 50,000 copies the world over. Many of his students are currently heading design divisions in many reputed automobile companies.
Arizona State University
Prasad Boradkar is an assistant professor in the School of Design at Arizona State University in Tempe. He holds degrees in industrial design and mechanical engineering, and has held positions at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands as well as ITT Technical Institute in California. At ASU, Prasad teaches studio, design history, and materials & processes at the undergraduate level, and a graduate course on design and cultural studies. The central objective of his research activities is to perform critical cultural analyses of objects, thereby expanding their accepted meanings in industrial design discourse. He is the co-founder of CriticalCorps, an interdisciplinary group of design researchers and educators who use critical and cultural theory as a means to understand the social significance of the designed environment and everyday life.
Ashish Nar has done his MA, Master in Car Design from Domus Academy / Wales University. Prior to that he has done his BE from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He was also employed as Operations Executive at Nilkamal Limited, Mumbai. During the course of his Master program he has undertaken his Masters Project with Renault Technocenter (Paris)
Ashish was judged as the Runners Up at Seatec- Targa Rodolfo Bonetto Infrastructure (Pleasure Port) Design Competition 2011 as well has won the Inter Collegiate Robotics Competition. Currently he is employed at DYPDC as faculty.
Bhavin Mali an alumnus of National Institute of Design, India and industrial designer by profession, Bhavin Mali has close to 6 years of industry exposure. He has worked with companies like Maruti Suzuki, Godrej & Boyce, Elephant Strategy+Design, REVA Electric Car Company and YObykes electric vehicles in various positions ranging from sales executive to quality engineer to industrial designer. Prior to the design post-graduation, he graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the reputed Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Mumbai University.
Bhavin is a product designer with special affinity for 'green' products and services and he is passionate about transportation system, from vehicles to the whole supporting infrastructure. His hobbies are blogging and photography. Currently he is employed with DYPDC Pune as a faculty member."
Andre Elista has moved from native Russia to New Zealand in 1991. After two years in that beautiful country and having obtained permanent residency in Australia, he has relocated to Melbourne, where after some consideration has applied to Industrial Design course at Monash University. Design was a long nourished dream since his childhood. There was already an Automotive Design Award from the Russian magazine “Behind the Wheel” and some freelance design work for newly founded companies. Based on the strength of portfolio, developed before the admission and previous technical background Andre had been admitted to the second year of the Industrial Design Course.
There was number of commission works and internship with GM-Holden for several months while at uni, which paved the way for employment within automotive design field in the future.
Starting as a Virtual Reality games developer in Singapore and gaining product design experience, Andre has moved to the long cherished Automotive Design work. He joined independent automotive design company Millard Design, later Venture Industries in 1999 and have worked on many projects while with this company for the next 6 years, including Proton facelift, Australian Toyota Avalon, Ford Falcon Shelby, Lada Niva facelift, SGM Buick Royaum, quadrocycle, buses and scooter development for the Asian market. Andre has also been invited as a session lecturer by Monash University, where he later had had full time position in Industrial Design Program teaching.
After 1 year with Holden Special Vehicles division Andre has joined Ford Australia on the global platform project for upcoming Ford Ranger/Mazda BT-50 in 2005.
In 2006 he accepted an offer from the newly established design school in Moscow. Product Design program was developed in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire in England. While there, commission work and freelance work has developed to the point when it became necessary to make decision between full time lecturing and Design practice. The preference was given in favor of the latter. Many clients during this time included EMM (Russian supercar Marussia B1), Jaguar Toys, and Cardi with many transportation design projects, some of which included auto tuning kits, retro car and aerospace projects.
In 2012 Andre has returned to Australia, from where he has moved to Pune to take new position in Transportation Design course at DYP-DC.
Shri has over 6.5 years industry and academic experience in product design, design research, design strategy and product management. He has Bachelors in Mechanical engineering with two Masters, one in Product design and management from University of Liverpool and second in Integrated Product design from Technical University of Delft Netherlands. His professional experience includes working with companies like Procter and Gamble (Brussels), Sony Ericsson, (Netherlands) and Philips (Netherlands).
He initiated his design career as a Design Manager with Spiral Scratch Ltd, UK. In this role he designed and developed innovative product introduction process for the company, while developing animation rate 3D face scanners and desktop 3D scanners using propriety 3fm technology. Post his second masters he worked as design educator at Raffles design International, Mumbai. His profession experience also includes working as Lead Systems Designer at Lumium innovations Pvt. Ltd.; the role entailed managing research and strategy function of the new product development activity. Here he was also managing the internal branding activities for all the service verticals and outreach programs of the company. The prominent clients handled include – GSK, Godrej (brands- Ezee,& Goodnight), Orient fans, Engrid Global, Clear2O, Borosil, Educational initiative and Bigtech Ltd.
Currently he is works with DYPDC centre for automotive research and studies as a faculty and as a course coordinator for PG programs in Integrated Product Design and Business Innovation and Strategy. He has an additional asset and experience of conducting more than 10 product innovations workshops for diverse audience.
His professional and academic experience has given him the opportunity of hands on experience on a range of products in diverse sectors, across recognized multinational companies; Thus giving him unique experience and skill set to take the idea through various stages of design to deliver complete manufacture-able production ready products, services and experiences.
His dominant expertise consists in Design research, Design Strategy, product management and product embodiment.