Peter Pfanner

Executive Director, UIC Innovation Center, and Research Professor, Industrial Design


Peter Pfanner

Peter Pfanner — Photo: Jenny Fontaine

Peter Pfanner is a research professor in the Department of Industrial Design in UIC’s College of Architecture, Design and the Arts as well as a research professor of Urology and the Executive Director of the UIC Innovation Center.

Pfanner works with the department’s residents and faculty members, to help them bring their research projects to life. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the Innovation Center combines students and faculty with backgrounds in medicine, business, design and engineering.

Pfanner has worked with urology on projects such as an automatic sewing machine, smart bicycle shorts that prevent erectile dysfunction and the Uroflow Meter, which helps catheter users measure urine volume. Professor Pfanner has three decades of experience as an innovator, educator and as an industrial designer. He works in both commercial and educational settings around the world as a leader in innovative design.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from the University of Canberra, Australia and his Master of Design Methods, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

Subject areas:
Industrial/Innovative design

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