Sheng-Hung Lee


Sheng-Hung Lee
Researcher | MIT AgeLab

Sheng-Hung Lee is a maker, MIT AgeLab researcher, MIT xPRO course experience strategist, MIT Office of Sustainability fellow, MIT Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB) curriculum designer, and Chair of the IDSA Boston Chapter. He is also a MIT Ph.D. candidate researching human behavior and service design to solve large complex and systemic social-technological challenges.

Sheng-Hung is inspired by multiple domains of knowledge and perspectives and has thrived in creating new value for clients on multidisciplinary teams while working at IDEO and Continuum. He is trained as an industrial designer and electrical engineer, and his approach to problem solving is influenced by his passion for how design and technology impact and can be integrated into society.

He has been invited to be a jury member for multiple international design competitions including the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), Spark Design Award, IDA Award, Golden Pin Design Award, and A’ Design Award and Competition. In 2021 and 2022, he was invited to be a member of the IDSA Award Committee, collaborating with the IDSA leadership team.

While pursuing his dual master’s degrees at MIT Integrated Design & Management (IDM) and MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, he co-lectured for the MIT graduate course Global Aging & The Built Environment. He also was invited as a guest reviewer for the MIT graduate course “Product Design and Development," and was invited to be a team lab instructor for the MIT undergraduate course “Introduction to Design.” In addition, he co-taught and co-led the MIT design course during MIT IAP, Independent Activities Period.

Sheng-Hung graduated with a double bachelor's degree (Hon.) in Industrial Design and Electrical Engineering from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. His design work has received prestigious awards including IDEA (Gold), iF Award (Gold), Braun Prize, Core77 Design Award, Red Dot (Best of the Best), Spark Design Award, and European Product Design Award (Gold). His work has been shown in Dubai Design Week, Venice Design Week, Cooper Hewitt Museum, and MIT Wiesner Student Art Gallery.

In 2019, Sheng-Hung won the designer in residence scholarship sponsored by the German government, EMMA Creative Center, and Pforzheim University to stay and exhibit his design in Stuttgart, Germany.

He is a member of the World Design Organization, Asia Designer Communication Platform, Taiwan Society of Technology and Sociology, Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society, and China Technical Consultants Inc. He taught product design at Fudan University Shanghai Institute of Visual Art and Detao Masters Academy as an adjunct Associate Professor from 2015 to 2019.



Statement of Candidacy (At-large Director, Awards - Board of Directors | 2023-2024 term)

To me, the meaning of this leadership role, At-Large Director – Awards, is more than just focusing on design award-related events. Instead, what I want to experiment with is scaling the impact of winning IDSA Awards and leveraging the candidates’ participation and the jury’s evaluation process to make both experiences more engaging and meaningful, integrating design education value.

1. Contribute to IDSA communities and beyond

I want to use the At-Large Director – Awards leadership position to take on more responsibilities and provide more community-wide contributions. I want to promote IDSA awards as being not only about winning awards for candidates, but also about raising people’s awareness of the value of design and of using the design process to tackle systemic social-technological challenges. This aligns with the vision of IDSA. The people who receive IDSA awards are viewed as the highest design standard, for the culture and values that we all believe in.

2. Bridge the gap between the design industry and design academics

Since design is an applied science and a team sport, I want to leverage this leadership role to foster more meaningful collaborations between industry and academic research. This can start from how we nominate suitable candidates through recommendations from our IDSA communities and experts for IDSA awards across all categories, especially considering the balance between the candidates from design academia and design practitioners.

3. Expand the definition of industrial design to integrated design

This leadership position would be an opportunity for me to think about how to expand the definition of industrial design from a product focus to a service- and experience-driven focus, and consider design ethics, including inclusiveness. Why does this matter to IDSA awards? Only if we can reshape the definition of “ID” with more inclusive and diverse considerations, can we confidently show the public that the IDSA award is also evolving, because we celebrate people who are not only good at design, but also care about our world with their heart and soul.

4. Promote the value of design education and the design process

For me, learning how to win design awards is one way to learn design and use it to pursue higher levels of understanding. The purpose of pursuing this path: to commit themselves to the design and creativity field. Our goal is not to help candidates win as many design awards as possible. In fact, our ultimate goal is to empower people who win design awards or design leaders through their influence and impact to improve our design education, allowing more people without any design background to learn how to appreciate the value of design and even want to learn about design and its creative process.

The above four key points: 1. Contribute to IDSA communities and beyond, 2. Bridge the gap between the design industry and design academics, 3. Expand the definition of industrial design to integrated design, and 4. Promote the value of design education and the design process are my motivation and this also explains what I want to achieve if I am elected to serve as At-Large Director – Awards for the IDSA community.

Thank you and I hope to get your support and vote.

Best regards,
Sheng-Hung Lee 李盛弘