Research and Interest 

As a multidisciplinary designer, researcher, and engineer, Jiwon Woo has extensive experience in both academia and industry. She integrates creativity and technology to solve complex problems and collaboratively build unprecedented products that substantially improve people's lives.

Her design innovations thrive across various industry sectors from consumer products, healthcare, sportswear, and food. Woo's strengths include critical thinking, human-computer interaction, UX/UI design, digital/innovation strategy, creative storytelling and biodesign. 

Woo’s individual and collaborative works have been awarded as the finalist for Harvard President’s innovation Challenge, National Hall of Fame’s Collegiate Inventors Competition, Ars Electronica, and Bio Art and Design Award. Her works are also exhibited internationally in venues including the Istanbul Design Biennial (2016), Milan Design Week, London Design Week, Ars Electronica, Victoria and Alber’s Museum, and more.   
Jiwon Woo
  • [Design Reserch, Material Science, Biodesign] Design research exploring the importance of biodesign in theoretical and functional aspects of design studies and its application for creating new sustainable materials as bio-inks of 3D printers, 2019 ~ 2020 

  • [Design Research, Ethnographic Research, Prototyping, Bioengineering, Biodesign] Design project, Mother's Hand Taste, explores the relationship between human hand microflora and the development of flavor in fermented foods to trace, record, and eventually biofabricate the hand microbiome of different generations in the same families, living in a variety of countries. This research, the resulting mechanical machine designed to capture and reproduce a person’s Son-mat, is a poetic but tangible way of crystallizing that elusive essence of ethnic and genealogical food culture, 2016 - 2019 

*Award at Prix Ars Electronica 2019 

*Final Winner for Bio Art and Design Award 2017

*Showcased at V&A Museum (London) 2019, Arx Electronica (Austra) 2018, London Design Festival (London) 2018, Hungary Korean Cultural Center (Hungary) 2017, and more. 

*Received the Laurence Shprintz MFA Award from PennDesign

  • [Design Research, Material Science, Biodesign] Design Project Stabilimentum investigates the possibilities of spider web fibers as new material and bridging a new symbiotic relationship between humans and spiders, by trading spider nourishment and habitat for natural web fibers. The project suggests three different design uses of natural spider web fibers as air filters, 2015 - 2016 

*Selected as a representative of the University of Pennsylvania PennDesign for BioDesign Challenge 2016 at MOMA New York

*Permanent collection of the TECH Museum, San Jose

*Showcased at Emerge festival, Arizona University 

*Further explored in personal project Symbion 2017

  • [Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence] Application invention platform for cloud-sharing programming modules and final creations, offering limitless digital interface customization and the further possibility for adaptation of physical products2014  

  •  [International Cooperation, International Management] Accepting and Accommodating Multicultural Families in Korea: Assessment of Public Policies and the Educational System, 2013

    • A thesis to pursue a deeper understanding of multicultural education and the dearth of educational support services that are available for this particular group in Korea

*Invited as a presenter and for journal submission to International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS) in Rome October 2014

  •  [International Cooperation, International Management] Problems and Improvement Directions for Global Youth Leadership Program, 2011

    • A thesis focusing on a program developed by the Korean government to combat youth unemployment

*Available on request

  • [UI/UX ] Dynamic Rehearsal, 2009

    • Tangible User Interface research for the first model of Microsoft Surface