M.I.D. - Auburn University
M.B.A. - Georgia State University
B.S. - National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Tsai Lu Liu graduated in 1985 from the Department of Industrial Design of National Cheng Kung University of Taiwan. After working for a year as a designer for an architecture firm in Taiwan, he went to Georgia State University and received a MBA degree in Marketing in 1990. Professor Liu went to Auburn University and completed the graduate study of industrial design with a MID degree in 1992. He then worked for three years for Design Principles, a new product development firm in Huntsville Alabama.
In 1995, Professor Liu went back to Taiwan and started working for several companies managing product design and corporate marketing. His teams developed and introduced several new gaming machines, toy vehicles, and computer products to the international market, some of which are still on the market today. In 2002, Professor Liu started his own company designing and producing adaptive products for disabled children. A series of special chairs, tables, and rehabilitation products were marketed to hospitals, schools, and to families with special needs children. In 2004, Professor Liu returned to Auburn University as a member of the faculty of industrial design.
Professor Liu’s research interests include industrial design methodologies, universal design, product innovation management, and strategic design planning, as well as the integration of technologies in design methods.