Dr. Zhining Zhao – product design – Best Researcher Award

University Putra Malaysia | China

Author Profile 

Early Academic Pursuits 🎓

Education and Training

she was born on August 2, 1989, in Qiqihar City, Longsha District, Heilongjiang Province. His academic journey began at Qiqihar Middle School, where he demonstrated a keen interest in design and the arts. This passion led him to pursue higher education in the United Kingdom. Zhao earned his Bachelor’s degree in Product Design from the University of Hertfordshire (QS851 Design School) between 2010 and 2013. He continued his studies at the University of Bedfordshire (QS121 School of Art and Design), where he obtained a Master’s degree in Art and Design in 2015. Driven by a desire to further his expertise, Zhao enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the School of Design and Architecture, University Putra Malaysia (QS159) in 2020, majoring in Industrial Design. He is expected to graduate in July 2024.

 Professional Endeavors 💼

Academic Positions

Her professional career began at Xiamen Songlin Technology Co., Ltd. in Fujian Province, where he worked as a designer in the Sanitary Ware Product R&D Department from 2015 to 2016. In 2016, he transitioned to academia, joining Qiqihar University as a lecturer in the College of Fine Arts and Art Design, specializing in Product Design. During his tenure at Qiqihar University from 2016 to 2020, Zhao contributed significantly to the development of the Product Design curriculum and mentored numerous students. His dual experience in industry and academia provided him with a unique perspective on the practical and theoretical aspects of design.

Contributions and Research Focus on 📚

  • Her research interests are centered around sustainable design, product development, and cultural confidence in design education. His work explores the integration of sustainability principles into product design and development, with a particular focus on the agility and adaptability of these processes. Some of his notable research achievements include:
    • Published Papers:
      • “Current status and development trends of water-saving design concepts for bathroom products – taking water-saving concept faucets as an example” (2018).
      • “Research on the application of conservation concept in bathroom product design” (2018).
      • “Research on cultivating cultural confidence of students majoring in product design in the new era” (2019).
    • Accepted Papers:
      • “Sustainable agility of product development process based on a rough cloud technique: A case study on China’s small and medium enterprises” (Plos One, 2023).
    • Projects:
      • Research on the Industrialization Path of Ceramic Art in Heilongjiang Province” (2019).
      • “Cultural confidence in product design teaching in the new era” (2019).
    • Patents:
      • Purifying faucet (Patent number: ZL 2016 3 0298687.1).
      • Kitchen faucet (Patent number: ZL 2016 3 0207117.7).


Accolades and Recognition 🏆

Her innovative work has been recognized with several prestigious awards. He has received accolades such as the Good Design Award (2016) for the Basin faucet-Amity, and multiple Red Dot Awards (2017) for the Kitchen faucet-Purigo and Kitchen faucet-Smooth. Additionally, he has won the iF Design Award (2017) for the Kitchen faucet-Smooth. His contributions to design education were also acknowledged with the Third Prize in the Social Science Group of the Teaching Competition for Young and Middle-aged Teachers and the Excellent Instructor Award at the 3rd Caige Cup Heilongjiang Province College Student Industrial Design Competition (2018).

 Impact and Influence 🌍

Community Impact

Her work has had a significant impact on both the academic and industrial design communities. His research on sustainable design practices has influenced the development of environmentally friendly products and the implementation of sustainable processes in design education. His emphasis on cultural confidence has fostered a greater appreciation for cultural heritage in design, encouraging students to integrate traditional elements into modern design solutions. Zhao’s innovative designs have set new standards in the industry, particularly in the realm of water-saving and sustainable bathroom products.

 Legacy and Future Contributions 🔮

  • As he continues his academic and professional journey, his legacy is poised to be one of enduring influence in the fields of industrial design and sustainability. His future contributions are expected to further bridge the gap between sustainable design theory and practical application. Zhao’s ongoing research on the agility of sustainable product development processes is likely to yield valuable insights for small and medium enterprises in China and beyond. Additionally, his commitment to education will continue to inspire and equip future designers with the skills and knowledge needed to address the environmental challenges of the 21st century.Personal Information
    • Name: Zhao Zhining
    • Birthday: August 2, 1989
    • Birthplace: Heilongjiang Province, Qiqihar City, Longsha District
    • Tel: 15663250802
    • Email: amao0452@qq.com
    • Languages: Mandarin, English (fluent), Malay (beginner)

    Computer Skills

    • Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
    • Adobe: Photoshop
    • 3D: Solidwork, Pro E, Rhino
    • Data Analysis: SPSS, Citespace, Matlab


Notable Publications 

Zhining Zhao | product design | Best Researcher Award

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