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Jonas Hauptman

Assistant Professor

MFA, Cranbrook


Jonas is an inventor and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in practice and research. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Hauptman served as director of the graduate program in product design at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His work is at the intersection of software, hardware, and material. He has been developing and building a range of products and processes that explore the relationship between consumer, designer, and maker. His latest venture, roomio™, is a product that shapes space using the overhead plane while giving off light and controlling acoustics. It is a highly customizable product by a user-driven design interface, which is then produced with hacker built robotic manufacturing tools.