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Dr Nyein Chan Aung is an Industrial Designer, Design Researcher and Artist. He has given himself a mission to "Make Cool Stuff" and has been following that mission since 2005. As a result, Nyein has won several major design awards for products in aerospace, healthcare and camping. Nyein is currently a Senior Design Researcher at Monash University's Design Health Collab, where he oversees the design of high-impact healthcare services and products.

Nyein completed his Industrial Design PhD in 2018. His work looked into improving the in-flight sleep of economy class passengers through the design of the aircraft cabin. Some of Nyein's most notable awards include Creative Victoria's Creators Fund (2020), Melbourne International Arts Festival, Art Trams (2019 Launch Tram), the TEAGUE PhD Design Research Scholarship (2015), Casey Hyun Industrial Design Graduate Award (2009), and Carl Nielsen Professional Development Award (2007).

Nyein was born in Myanmar and has studied and practised Design in The United States, Myanmar, and Australia. He received his Associate degree from the Art Institute of Seattle (USA) and his Bachelor degree from the University of Technology Sydney.

Research interests

Health Care and Medical Technology Design

Mobility Design

Industrial Design

Camping, Outdoor, Recreational and Survival Gear Design

Humanitarian Design

Behaviour Nudging Through Design

Public Art

Supervision interests

Available for PhD supervision of projects within the above-listed research interests.

Monash teaching commitment

Chief Examiner and Lecturer in the B.Des Industrial Design program.

Education/Academic qualification

Industrial Design, PhD, Repose: An Aircraft Cabin Design Research To Improve The In-Flight Sleep Of Long Haul Economy Passengers, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 26 Sept 2018

Research area keywords

  • Industrial Design
  • Design Ethnography
  • Design Theory
  • Design-based research
  • Design Value
  • Design for Sustainability
  • Design Optimisation
  • Design education
  • design and co-design
  • Interior Design
  • mobility
  • Medical Devices Engineering
  • Medical imaging
  • Medical technology
  • Palliative Care

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