Industrial Design Professor

PROFESSOR STATEMENTIndustrial design is going through a significant change.   The democratization of design, shared authority, and desktop 3D printing is changing the role of the designer from the maker of products to problem solver.  For the new generation of industrial designers their ability to critically analyze users and context, will be their most important skills. As artificial intelligence and automation become more prevalent the human body will take on a role as “sensing unit”.  Industrial designers will be tasked with deciding how the users will interact with the experiential process with surroundings. Future scenarios of human to human communication and human to computer communication (HCI).    

Future industrial designers will be as likely to work on a societal issue as creating experiential environments. 

Passionate about teaching experience design and the power of wonder.

What I Do
  • Museum Planning
  • Exhibition Design
  • Project Management
  • User-centered Design
  • Teach
  • Service Design
  • Exhibit Development
  • Write


Mark Walhimer is a part-time industrial design professor and managing partner of Museum Planning, LLC a museum consultancy.

His company specializes in the planning, design, and management of interactive educational experiences. Walhimer started his firm in 1999 to assist start-up and expanding museums with museum master planning, exhibition design, and museum project management. His firm has completed more than 40 projects worldwide for an international clientele that includes science centers, art museums, history museums, libraries, and corporations.

Projects include Museo Interactivo de Economía (MIDE) in Mexico City, “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock,” traveling exhibition and Trans Studio Science Center in Bandung, Indonesia. Prior to starting his company, Walhimer held positions at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and Liberty Science Center. Walhimer is the author of Museums 101a how-to guide for creating and organizing all varieties of museums. Mark is also the author of Designing Musem Experiences, a “how-to” book on creating interactive educational experiences.

Walhimer has a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and a master’s degree in industrial design and exhibition design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.