Usability is important, but the realities of designing an elegant workflow involve difficult tradeoffs and challenging group dynamics. Aesthetics are often seen as a frilly “nice to have,” but if incorporated thoughtfully, aesthetics can profoundly contribute to the usability of a product. In this talk, Hanuschik and Kossack will present their experience implementing a design framework in an engineering-driven culture. They don’t propose to have all the answers but they will present more of a “the good, the bad and the ugly” dialogue about our experience developing the latest generation of the da Vinci Surgical System.
2014 IDEA Student Designs GOLD - 'L-Burner' 2014 IDEA Student Designs Finalist - 'Dewdrop Tree'
Yoon Taesik graduated from Cheongju University’s College of the Arts, having majored in industrial design. He was awarded the grand prize in the student division of the 2012 International Light Vision Expo (2012 Photonics Korea).
MERRICK KOSSACK Manager of Human Factors Engineering Intuitive Surgical
Merrick Kossack is the Manager of Human Factors Engineering at Intuitive Surgical. He has studied and worked in the field of human factors for over 20 years, mostly within the medical device industry. During his career, he has introduced, championed and institutionalized human factors engineering processes and techniques. Additionally, Merrick has co-developed and teaches a course on human factors in medical device development. At Intuitive Surgical, Kossack leads the team responsible for introducing human factors engineering into the organization’s established development processes to ensure the development of a safe and effective system.
MIKE HANUSCHIK Director of Design and Product Management Intuitive Surgical
Mike Hanuschik is the Director of Design and Product Management at Intuitive Surgical. Hanuschik is passionate about bringing together highly talented people to develop groundbreaking products that make a significant impact on society. His hobbies include backpacking, photography, songwriting and cooking.
Amanda Bibik, IDSA | SS Industries Designer and CAD Support
Amanda is a product designer with a specific interest in manufacturing and technical information.
Introduced to technical drawing in sixth grade, she quickly took an interest in the precision art form that is hand drafting. Later, she refined these interests in a high school drafting class where she learned AutoCAD and Rhinoceros, gaining an interest that would drive her career.