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Kate Fu, PhD

Assistant Professor, GATech

Dr. Fu is an Assistant Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on design theory and methodology, design cognition, and computational design support.


Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design (joint)  
Georgia Institute of Technology, November 2014 to Present, Atlanta, Georgia United States

Postdoctoral Fellow  
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), September 2013 to August 2014, Singapore Singapore

Postdoctoral Fellow  
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), August 2012 to August 2013, Cambridge, Massachusetts United States

PhD Candidate  
Carnegie Mellon University, September 2007 to May 2012, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States

Product Design/Engineer Intern  
TODA, June 2006 to August 2006, New York, New York United States

• Responsible for producing three-dimensional CAD models for approximately fifteen products in OXO's new bathroom product line, as well as additional products for other OXO lines and an in-house design project • Participated in design charrettes for new products; built product “breadboards” to test functionality; developed original CAD models and refined existing models for production • Developed orders for rapid prototyping • Tested “looks like/feels like” models for strength, durability and functionality; constructed prototypes; and prepared client presentations

Engineering Technician II  
PB Power, June 2005 to August 2005, New York, New York United States

• Wrote specifications for design projects, including installation of fuel cells in built environment and refurbishment of low-voltage electrical systems • Developed bid packages for procurement of construction and installation services; interacted with potential bidders to solicit bids, respond to questions, and view sites • Calculated energy savings and building loads; analyzed/interpreted mechanical and electrical engineering drawings; and conducted research/wrote reports to support decisions regarding investments in pollution control technology

Studio Assistant  
LKStudio, July 2003 to August 2003, Washington, District of Columbia United States

• Constructed scale model of proposed architectural/art design for public space at Winona State University; company was awarded contract • Assisted in art installations and computer research


Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering, Aug, 2007 to May, 2012

Carnegie Mellon University  
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Jan, 2007 to Jan, 2009

Brown University  
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Jan, 2003 to Jan, 2007

Yorktown High School  
Jan, 1999 to Jan, 2003