Tim Purdy

Senior Lecturer & Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Industrial Design

Tim Purdy is a senior lecturer in Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial Design with a special interest in 3D development (scanning, modeling, rendering, animation, & rapid prototyping output) and interface prototyping. He teaches courses in introduction to 3D concepts, free-form modeling, advance modeling concepts, interface prototyping and advance immersive environments

His research focuses on the use of augmented reality with 3D rapid prototype models that overlay interface prototypes. The goal of the research is to help users have a high fidelity experience when testing 3D products with physical and embedded interfaces.
Tim has worked to help students apply technology to the design process by understanding the most effective way to use technology for research, ideation, and presentation while respecting the traditional methods. He teaches a series on introductory and advanced 3D classes, as well as a popular graduate level course on interface prototyping.


  • Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama
 - Atlanta Extension Program 

    Master of Theological Studies, June 2002
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
Master of Science in Industrial Design, Dec. 1995
Master of Science in Management, June 1995
Management of Technology Graduate Certificate Program
  • TSM Business School, Enschede, The Netherlands 

    Exchange student with the Full-Time MBA Program, Dec. 1994 -March 1995
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

    Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, Dec. 1986
Engineering Psychology Certificate

Teaching / Research

  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
    Instructor, School of Industrial Design; Jan 1996 – Present.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
    Digital Expert, Inclusive Indoor Play Project; November 2008 – December 2009.
    Participated in Team Effort for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch; April 2001 – November 2001.


  • Tim Purdy Designs, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia
    President; Jan 2004 – Present. Work for both local and national design clients;
  • Archdiocese of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
    Technology Consultant, August 1998 – June. 1999.
  • McDonnell Douglas Electronic Systems Co., St. Charles, Missouri
    Pricing Analyst - Business Management, Visual Simulation Systems, July 1991 – Aug. 1992.
  • Design Engineer, Visual Simulation Systems, Jan. 1987 – July 1991.


  • As a research assistant, Tim helped model and render concepts and the final production designs for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Torch. Concept ideation included exploring alternate material for the glass crown and body, laying out internal components, and working on manufacturing methods. Final design elements included modeling the complete torch for manufacturing in Alias Studio, and finding potential vendors for production.