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Kiersten Muenchinger is the Director of the Product Design Program and a principal of the Green Product Design Network at the University of Oregon. Kiersten researches new materials and their processing methods to understand when new materials technologies can be accepted in consumer products. She has lectured on the intersection of materials, manufacturing and design at Stanford University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and across the country with ASM, the Materials Information Society. She is an active member in the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) and holds the Western District Education Representative position. Before coming to the U of O, Kiersten was a design engineer with IDEO, Fitch, Sottsass Associatti, Walt Disney Imagineering, the Long Now Foundation and Parapluie, and was the Assistant Chair of Industrial Design at California College of the Arts. She received her M.S. and B.A. degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and Dartmouth College respectively.