Noah Wangerin


Noah Wangerin
Clinical Assistant Professor, Industrial Design

MDes Industrial Design, University of Illinois Chicago
BFA Industrial Design, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Noah Wangerin’s international childhood across four continents fostered curiosity and an awareness of a variety of worldviews. These became the seeds of his industrial design career. Beginning with five years at Choi Design, he lead the largest launch of grill accessories for client Weber. Noah founded a private practice in 2014 to balance contract design work with creative freedom to explore his passion for handmade bicycles. This practice continues to grow through client collaborations, as well as commissioned custom bicycle projects.

He seeks to explore new technologies while leveraging proven techniques—for example, using 3D printed metal with traditional metal craft processes to manufacture bike frames or converting old bicycles into electric cycle trucks. He values learning regardless of outcome, building on past failures and successes. Success itself, without learning, can be mere luck.

Noah’s work has been presented at the 2008 IDSA Midwest conference, as well as through guest lectures at multiple universities. His art was exhibited at the Bridgeport Art Center as part of “Where’s the Revolution?” in 2020. In 2022, Noah presented his graduate thesis on responsible design within electric micromobility at the Philly Bike Expo.