tate johnson





BDes industrial design, minor in physical computing

Carnegie Mellon University


GPA 3.92 / 4

dean's list s2020, f2020, s2021, f2021

high school dual enrollment

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


dean's list s2018, f2018, s2019


researcher, research assistant

Morphing Matter Lab, CMU HCII

feb 2021 - present

structures special projects captain


driver interface engineer

Carnegie Mellon Racing FSAE

sep 2020 - present

industrial design intern

Avient Corporation

may 2021 - aug 2021


Humphrey Yang, Tate Johnson, Ke Zhong, Dinesh K. Patel, Gina Olson,

Carmel Majidi, Mohammad Islam, and Lining Yao. 2022.

ReCompFig: Designing Dynamically Reconfigurable Kinematic Devices Using Compliant Mechanisms and Tensioning Cables.

In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’22). ACM, 2022.

best paper honorable mention

Tate Johnson, Humphrey Yang, Lining Yao. 2022.

Automated Morphing Food Production for Deep Space Travel.

In Proceedings of SpaceCHI 2.0: Advancing Human-Computer Interaction for Space Exploration.


Lee Goldman scholarship award recipient

CMU School of Design

may 2022


people's choice award

CMU Graduate Entrepreneurship Hack-A-Startup hackathon

nov 2020


adjunct instructor, 05-499/899 Inclusive Tangible and Material Interfaces

(Lining Yao, spring 2022)