At one point, most designers were thinking about physical products. Now there’s a huge emphasis on designing experiences for users ... So students are constantly challenged to think about products in a more modern + inclusive way.”


Walter Zesk’s research and professional practice straddle the border between design and engineering, primarily focusing on using emerging technologies to develop parametric product systems.

As a graduate student, he collaborated on an investigation into automated folding that grew into a new business, Seeyond. In addition, Zesk is co-founder of Conform Lab, which provides consulting in design automation and direct manufacturing technologies.

Prior to joining JWU in 2015, he taught at RISD and the Boston Architecture College.

Areas of Expertise

  • Engineering management
  • Architecture
  • Philosophy and Art


  • Neocon, Gold Medal/Best of NeoCon, 2013
  • Neocon, Gold Medal/Best of NeoCon, 2011
  • Neocon, Inovation Award/Best of NeoCon, 2011


  • Geoinfo, “Spatial Patterns of Residential Segregation,” 2008.