Clinical Associate Professor
Chip Wood has been a professional Industrial Designer for over 30 years, since graduating from Brigham Young University. He began his career designing large main-frame computers for Sperry-Univac in Minneapolis.
He also worked as a consulting designer for Gregory Fossella Associates in Boston where he designed a variety of consumer and commercial products including helicopters, sailboats, bank ATMS, computer equipment, medical instruments and the Kurzweil 250 electronic piano (custom designed for Stevie Wonder). He also worked for Honeywell Information Systems, managing the design of intelligent airline and banking terminals, including some of the first generation PC's.
In 1984, he took a position with Texas Instruments as Design Manager of their Data Systems Group in Austin, Texas, teaming up with other designers to create a full line of computer products including mini-main-frames, terminals, printers and experimental projects such as the first Artificial Intelligent workstation, 'Explorer', a joint project with MIT.
In 1989, he assumed the position of Corporate Manager of Design, managing a staff of 45 designers in four countries as they worked on product lines of calculators, toys, notebook computers, laster printers, factory control systems, digital cameras, micro-mirror video projectors (DLP), high speed automotive tolltag transmitter(RFID), FLIR infrared night sight devices, etc.
In 1995, Mr. Wood was asked to build a new research facility called the User-understanding and Business Simulation Lab, to help TI business planners gain a deeper understanding of the needs of the emerging mobile Knowledge professional. The result was the creation of a new business enterprise called Livegear, which in it's first year generated over one billion dollars.
Mr. Wood left Texas Instruments in 1998 to become an independent consultant and in 2005 he joined the University of Texas at Dallas as an Assistant Director and Graduate Advisor for the Arts and Technology program.