Austin S. Lee is a designer and educator in the U.S. As a designer, he has advised and supported UX and visual interaction design for Fortune 500 companies and startups, such as Microsoft, NAVER, Graviky Labs and Shaper Tools. For two full academic years from 2015 to 2017, as a tenure track assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)'s School of Design where he served as the Interaction Design Topic Chair, he has taught master's level courses such as the Graduate Studio 1: Designing for Interactions and Prototyping for Interaction Design, and contributed to the undergraduate Environments Track. He was also an affiliate faculty member of School of Architecture's Master of Tangible Interaction Design (MTID) program at CMU.

A former Research Assistant in the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab, Austin has explored system design for spatial drawing and 3D collaboration in both Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality settings. Previously, Austin was awarded the National Space Grant and worked at NASA JPL as a visual strategist, where he was in charge of the technical development of NASA's interactive installation that promoted the Juno mission, exhibited at the Exploratorium, San Francisco. His work was shown internationally at CHI, UIST, SIGGRAPH Asia's Emerging Technologies program, TEI, IDSA's International Conference, and he has received international design awards from the Red Dot and Adobe. As the lead coordinator and visual interaction designer in a team representing South Korea, he presented an interactive design installation piece at the London Design Biennale 2016 at the Somerset House in London. At Microsoft, as interaction design lead on the Skype’s Mixed Reality, he drove the UX design of immersive communication across multimodal devices, including VR and AR headsets (e.g., Skype for HoloLens, Windows Mixed Reality), as well as new categories of hardware platforms, such as third-party smart speakers. As the patent lead at the Skype Design, he enabled the design team to file numerous patents and protect novel ideas. Currently, Austin works at Microsoft as senior designer on the Open Studio, focusing on designing the future of human-centered productivity.

Austin received an M.F.A. in Media Design from the Art Center College of Design and an M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab. He also holds a B.F.A. with a double major of Visual Communication Design and Environmental Design from Kookmin University, Seoul.

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