Walter Herbst created the MPD2 program as the only program in the country that deals with the totality of most of the issues related to product development. In addition to teaching courses in the MPD2 program, where he brings his expertise for product design development into the classroom, Herbst also teaches undergraduate courses and devotes many hours to independent study programs.

Herbst is a fellow in the Institute of Design Engineering and Applications (IDEA) program and a NCEER Scholar (Northwestern Center for Education Research). He serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Material Sciences at Arizona State University as well as serving on the Advisory Board for the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, for the School of Art and Design. He holds over 125 patents in hardware, housewares, and health-care.


Candidate: PhD Coventry University (expected spring 2017)

MS, Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

BFA, Industrial Design, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

Research Interests

Product Development Process and Pedagogy

Significant Recognition

Winner of Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Professor award from Northwestern University - 2015

Winner of an Edison Award 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 for design

Distinguished Alumnus – School of Art and Design / University of Illinois, for Accomplishments in the Field of Industrial Design and to his Professional Community – 2012

Faculty of the Year – Master of Product Design and Development Program / Northwestern University – 2009

ASG – Student Government - Faculty Honor Role Award – 2007

Red Dot – International Design Awards on behalf of Herbst Produkt – 2011 / 2010

IDEA (Industrial Design Excellence Award) from IDSA & Business Weeks on behalf of Herbst LaZar Bell – numerous