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Chris NaunheimerAdjunct Lecturer


Chris Naunheimer is an adjunct faculty member and a capstone project advisor in the Masters of Product Design and Development Management program.

Chris has more than 20 years of experience at multi-national Fortune 500 industrial companies with leadership roles in engineering, R&D, strategic marketing, new product ventures, and user-centered design.  Over his career, he became a named inventor on 25 granted US utility patents and brings this innovation and continuous improvement mindset to teaching.  This mindset, coupled with his user experience design education and industry experience, brings a broad cross-functional skill set to his roles at Northwestern University.

Chris is passionate about design and has a deeply held belief that we can use design to develop insights and solutions that can change people, cultures, and the world.


MS, Product Design and Development Management, Northwestern University, Evanston IL
BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

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