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Jiwon Woo


2021 - 2023     Harvard University, Graduate School of Design + John A. Paulson School Of Engineering And

                        Applied Sciences, Cambridge, MA, USA     

  • Design Engineering

  • Harvard iLab - President's Innovation Challenge   

2015 - 2017     University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, Philadelphia, PA, USA     


2006 - 2009     Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, USA                                                                                                   

  • Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and Computer Sciences

  • Exchange student to Seoul National University - Seoul, Korea                      

  • Summer Language Program at Waseda University - Tokyo, Japan                           

  • Accelerated graduation*




Fall 2023 ~    New York University, Visiting Assistant Professor

  • NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

  • Media, Culture, and Communication department

Summer 2022    Ginkgo Bioworks, Design and Marketing Specialist

  • Designed creative workshops for new clients including P&G and researched for future ESG report

2019 - 2021    University of Pennsylvania, Lecturer

  • Taught undergraduate and graduate students on ‘Design with Creative Technology’, and ‘Creative Design Research'

2019 - 2021    NOA Brands, Upenn Stuart Weizman School of Design, Consulting Team member

  • Researched and created a special report on how to implement synthetic biology within the existing infrastructure to increase sustainability as a member of consulting team formed by the University of Pennsylvania
    Supervisor - Professor Orkan Telhan

2019 - 2020    Biorealize, Research Designer 

  • Designed UX of main product B.Design and researched biofabrication applications for future industry​​

2018               MIT Design Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biodesigner, and Project Coordinator

  • Led and coordinated a team for a collaborative biodesign project with PUMA which was exhibited at Milan Design Week 2018

2015 - 2017    University of Pennsylvania, Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Created and delivered teaching materials for ‘Creative Research’ (Orkan Telhan), ‘Biological Design’ (Orkan Telhan), and ‘Art, Design and Digital Culture’ (David Hartt)

Summer 2016    Singapore University of Technology and Design, Summer Intern  

  • Led design projects at the International Design Center in collaboration with MIT
    Supervisor - Dr. Ate Poorthuis



Sep 2022       *Finalist | National Inventors Hall of Fame CIC 2022 - Team A-SEP: Virginia, USA

May 2022       *Finalist | Harvard Innovation Lab PIC 2022 - Team A-SEP: Cambridge, USA

Oct 2021        *Finalist | BDC x Google Sprint 2021 - Harvard University Team Rhomb: USA

Sep 2019        *Winner of Prix ArsArs Electronica Festival 2019 - Honorary Mention: Linz, Austria

Sep 2018        *London Design Festival 2018 - "Biodesign Here Now" by Open Cell, London, United Kingdom


April 2018       *Milan Design Week 2018  PUMA + MIT Design Lab, Milan, Italy                                          

  • Biodesign: Living and Breathing the Future of Performance 

  • Project + Exhibition Coordinator 

May 2017        Winner of the 2017 *Bio Art and Design Award  (BAD Award), Netherlands                                          

Oct 2016         Are We Human?, *3rd Istanbul Design Biennale, Istanbul

June 2016      *Biodesign Challenge, MoMA, New York, NY                                                                          


Sep 2021 - Jan 2022       *Medical Museion - "The World is in You," University of Copenhagen, Denmark

June 2021       *Bio Design Challenge 2021 - Judge, MoMA New York, USA

June 2020       *Bio Design Challenge 2020 - Judge, MoMA New York, USA

Feb 2020        'Self-salvation 21' - *(Solo-exhibition), POSTSCRIPT, Philadelphia, USA

Oct 2019         *MIT DesForM 2019 - Panelist and speaker, Cambridge, USA

May - Oct  2019       *V&A Victoria and Albert Museum - "FOOD: Bigger than the Plate," London, United Kingdom

June 2019       *Bio Design Challenge 2019 - Panelist and Judge, MoMA New York, USA

Nov 2018        Food Friction at Artez Univerisity - Speaker, Zwolle, Netherlands

Nov 2018        Micro World - Closed conference participation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sep 2018        *Ars Electronica Festival 2018 - "Error - the Art of Imperfection," Linz, Austria

May 2018        Santo Palato - Holy Palate  Korean Cultural Center, Budapest, Hungary 

May 2017        Time in Dream is Frozen, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA                                                             

Feb 2017        Passage, FJORD gallery, Philadelphia, PA                                                                                  

Feb 2017        Emerge, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ                                                                                  

June 2016      Our Biotech Future(s), School of Visual Arts, New York, NY                                                    

Apr 2016        BioDesign Studio Exhibition, TECH Museum, San Jose, CA                                             


Apr 2016         Lightening Lecture, ICA, Philadelphia, PA                                                                    


Mar 2016        Infortainment, Addams Gallery, Philadelphia, PA                                                       


Dec 2015        BYO: 4 Inquiries into Biological Design, Morgan Gallery, Philadelphia, PA                             


2019 - 2021    University of Pennsylvania - Lecturer 

  • Taught design courses for undergraduate and graduate students: ‘Design with Creative Technology’, and ‘Creative Research’

2018               Ars Electronica, Austria - Workshop Lead (2018)

  • Coordinated and led the workshop ‘Process of Art and Science - from Strangers to Friends’

2018               MIT Design Lab x Puma - Workshop Lead (2018)

  • Led biodesign workshop at MIT Design Lab with Puma’s creative research team as one of the coordinator

2017                MU Hybrid Art House, Eindhoven - Workshop Lead 

  • Coordinated and led a workshop on the relationship among the hand microbiome, fermented foods, and design 

2015 - 2017    University of Pennsylvania - Graduate Teaching Assistant 

  • Created and delivered teaching materials for ‘Creative Research’ (Orkan Telhan), ‘Biological Design’ (Orkan Telhan), and ‘Art, Design and Digital Culture’ (David Hartt)

2015 ~            PennAlumni Interview Program 

  • Interviewing local applicants 

2010 ~            Wellesley College Alumnae Admission Representatives

  • Interviewing local applicants

2013 - 2015    Red Cross Korea, Seoul, Korea

  • Assisted fundraising events and created visual resources


The Common Table, 'My Home, My Biome,' July, 2021

Monthly Design (vol.501) March, 2020

V&A Victoria and Albert Museum 

Ars Electronica 

Women's Wear Daily




Bijutsutecho 美術手帖 Magazine, December 2017 Issue, Japan

NPO Radio 1 

Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research


Stroom Den Hagg

Waag Soceity

NOG Nationale


Popular Science

Science Friday



Curate This Philly

Wonderful Engineering

Fungi on your hands that give taste to food - NPO Radio1
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