Scott L. Minneman, PhD

Award-Winning Designer – Inventor – Seasoned Researcher


1550 Noe Street
San Francisco, CA  94131

+1 (415) 505-7234


Seeking a research and development, design, and/or management position utilizing my user experience,
interaction design, mechanical engineering, physical computing, and mechatronics skills.




1986 – 1991

Doctor of Science in Mechanical Engineering – GPA 3.8/4

Stanford University, Center for Design Research, Stanford, CA, USA

1978 – 1984

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering – GPA 4.60/5


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering – GPA 4.44/5


Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design – GPA 4.42/5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA


Work Experience

Onomy Labs, Inc., Menlo Park

Co-Founder, Principal, CTO, CEO

Interaction Designer, Mechatronics Engineer, Art Director

August 2002 to Present

o    Primary mechanical and mechatronics designer; invents and fabricates hands-on physical computing devices.

o    Creates award-winning interactive exhibits for science centers, trade shows, and corporate sites worldwide.

California College of the Arts, San Francisco

Adjunct Faculty

Studio Professor and Critic

September 2009 to Present

o    Teaches innovative physical computing and interaction design studio courses in the Graduate Design program.

o    Invited to submit curriculum plan for new undergraduate Interaction Design Program - 1 of 3 on Chair shortlist.

Xerox Palo Alto Research Center

Senior Member of the Research Staff

Technology Innovator and Designer

February 1987 to December 2001

o    Researched innovative video communication and shared drawing systems for spatially-distributed design teams.

o    Formed a novel team that ushered advanced technologies out of the lab and into the hands of the public.

o    Awarded role as Artist/Researcher and Board Member of PARC’s renowned Artist-In-Residence program.

Tufts New-England Medical Center, Boston

Rehabilitation Engineer

Principal Investigator and Staff Researcher

September 1982 to September 1986

o    Assessed, designed, developed, and built novel technological systems for disabled clients.

o    Created and clinically deployed a custom computer language and applications for interactive rehabilitation robotics.

Stanford – Center for Design Research

Fellowship, Researcher, and Faculty Roles

Researcher and Course Design/Teaching

September 1986 to June 2006

o    Performed fundamental research on the workings, performance, and efficacy of multidisciplinary design teams.

o    Redesigned, co-taught, and coached the ME218 Smart Product Design (mechatronics) graduate sequence.


Awards and Commendations

Recognized for innovative design, engineering, and scholarship contributions in a variety of fields, including:

US Presidential Scholar (Ohio)
1 of 2 per state, per year


12 US Patents

2 Gold, 2 Bronze Medals
ID Magazine Interactive Review

Best Paper Award

ACM Multimedia Systems - 1995

US Student Design Contest Winner

Rehab Engineering Society - 1983

Invited Exhibitor, 1998, 2001, 2005

SIGGRAPH Electronic Garden


Exhibitions and Installations

Interactive Exhibits

Pieces exhibited at TED, Where2.0, FooCamp, Pop!Tech, and Maker Faire.  Permanent commissions in Singapore (4), Mexico (6), and in more than 20 US locations.


Art Installations

Exhibitions at San Jose’s 01 New Media Biennial, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and IngenuityFest.  Public art commissions for the cities of San Francisco and San Jose.



Skills and Interests            

CAD (AutoCAD, Solidworks, Rhino)

Embedded Systems (Arduino, 68HC11, PIC)

Bicycle Building and Racing

    Creative (CS5, Vizio, Flash, Corel)

Programming (Python, Processing, C/C++)

DIY and Maker Culture