Yong Gyun Ghim

Yong Gyun Ghim , MDes, MS

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Professional Summary

Yong-Gyun Ghim is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati. He holds an MDes in Human-Centered Product Design from the IIT Institute of Design in Chicago and an MS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University in South Korea. 
Before joining UC, he had worked as an industrial designer for global corporations for thirteen years, such as LG Electronics in Korea and Midea in China. Among his many design works, robot vacuum cleaners for LG earned him several international design awards. His current research interests are a systematic design process for emerging technologies, human-centered design in robotics, and robot morphology.


MDes: Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL, 2006 (Human-Centered Product Design)

MS: Seoul National University Seoul, Korea, 2003 (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

BS: Seoul National University Seoul, Korea, 2001 (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Research and Practice Interests

  • Human-centered design in robotics and automation
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration on intelligent products

Positions and Work Experience

2014 -2019 Principal Industrial Designer, Midea Group, Suzhou, China

2011 -2014 Senior Industrial Designer, LG Eelctronics, Inc., Seoul, Korea

2006 -2011 Industrial Designer, LG Electronics, Inc., Seoul, Korea

Research Support

Grant: #N/A Investigators:Ghim, Yong Gyun 07-01-2020 -06-30-2021 UC's Launch Awards Spring Semester (20SS) Research Launch Awards Role:PI $2,500.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Grant: #R40224 Investigators:Kim, Donghoon; Ghim, Yong-Gyun 07-01-2020 -12-31-2021 UC's Collaborative Research Advancement Grant Program - Track 1: Pilot Teams Intelligent Shopping Assistant System Design and Development Role:Co-PI $20,000.00 Active Level:University


Peer Reviewed Publications

Yong-Gyun Ghim (2017. ) Formative Design Methods for Visually Perceived Size Minimization in Product Design Development .Journal of Korean Society of Design Culture, , 23 (1 ) ,75-85

Ghim, Y.G., Lee, D.H., Lee, D. (2002. ) Collaborative Optimization for an Aircraft Wing Design .Proceedings of Korean Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences Conference, , 2002 ,920-923

Jun, S., Ghim, Y.G., Lee, D.H., Lee, D. (2003. ) Collaborative Optimization Using Response Surface Methodology .Proceedings of Korean Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences Conference, , 2003 ,494-497

Yong-Gyun Ghim (2021. ) Allocated Flow Diagramming: A Structured Process and Methods for Teaching Interactive Product Prototyping in Industrial Design.Archives of Design Research, , 34 (4 ) ,7-21 More Information

Yong-Gyun Ghim (2022. ) Experience Matrix: A Structured Concept Development Method for the Industrial Design Practice in New Product Development.The Design Journal, , 25 (2 ) ,205-224 More Information

Book Chapter

Ghim, Y.G. and Shin, C. (2021 ) Ageless Design: Interdependency Between Complexity and Simplicity in Visual Perception of Product Aesthetics for Product Longevity Advances in Industrial Design. AHFE 2021. (pp. 54-62).Springer (Co-Author)

Ghim, Y.G. and Shin, C. (2020 ) Ageless Design: A Design Method of Product Longevity for Cross-Generation Advances in Industrial Design. AHFE 2020. (pp. 330-337).Springer (Co-Author)

Zhu, S. and Ghim, Y.G. (2021 ) Shape-Changing Control Interface Design: Augmenting Physical Affordances to Enhance a Digital Interface Experience in Cross-Device Interaction Advances in Industrial Design. AHFE 2021. (pp. 24-31).Springer (Co-Author)

Ghim, Y.G. (2022 ) Designing Mobile Robots: A Systems Thinking Approach for Industrial Designers Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design. AHFE (2022) International Conference. AHFE International (Author)

Contact Information

Academic - Phone: 5135564210