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Daniel Spooner

Daniel Spooner is an engineer and teaches at the Université de Montréal in the engineering and industrial design faculties, where he helped create a multidisciplinary program in which engineering, industrial design and business students work together on open-ended projects with industry. He specializes in project-based teamwork, cognitive ergonomics, innovation, design methods and decision-making processes.

During his career, he founded designfabrik to help his clients market their innovative products. He has designed over 70 products, including products for Nortel Networks (saving a $500M contract), Victhom Human Bionics (the world’s first motor-powered leg prosthesis), Hydro-Québec (the first hydrogen-powered bus in operation), CAE Electronics and Omron Japan.



  • Associate professor, Polytechnique Montréal
  • President, designfabrik inc.
  • Professor, Université de Montréal's School of Industrial Design



  • Project-based teamwork
  • Cognitive ergonomics
  • Innovation
  • Design methods
  • Decision-making processes


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