Michael McAllister

Associate Professor and Corzo Center Senior Fellow


Human Factors and Universal Design

Michael McAllister is an industrial designer and associate professor of Industrial Design in the College of Art, Media & Design at the University of the Arts. He received his B.S. in Physics from Drexel University in 1978 and worked in the industry for over 20 years doing product development, engineering and project management. Working with a variety of manufacturers and consulting firms, Michael developed many products ranging from toys, skylights, aircraft equipment, quality-control equipment and office furniture. For several years, he also ran his own business manufacturing and distributing residential skylights to the construction industry. From 1987 to 2002, Michael worked at Knoll partnering with many renowned designers to develop award-winning office furniture. Following Knoll, he earned his master’s degree in Industrial Design at the University of the Arts, graduating in 2002. Subsequently Michael has consulted, run independent projects and taught. At Syracuse University, he helped launch COLAB, a center for interdisciplinary design explorations, and served as director of Design & Innovation. At Syracuse ,Michael was also given a “Special Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence” for expanding disability awareness through design education. Michael’s current research centers on design with and for people with disabilities. This research can be viewed at