Profile: Yoon C Han

by Mark Thompson

The College of Humanities & the Arts proudly welcomes Professor Yoon C Han to the Department of Design. Yoon is an interaction designer, multimedia artist, and researcher who holds a PhD in Media Arts and Technology from UC Santa Barbara. Prior to her doctoral work at UCSB, she studied Graphic Design and Interaction Design at Seoul National University and achieved two Master degrees at SNU and Design|Media Arts in UCLA. 

Yoon has taught interaction design and computer programming at the Academy of Art University, the University of San Francisco, and California State University, Fullerton. She’s excited to be teaching at San José State. “SJSU students have great talent,” she says. “They are so kind, sweet, and humble but very passionate in creating their designs. I can’t wait to get to know more about them and support their life journey!” As a lifelong learner herself, Yoon hopes to share her own journey as an artist with her students. “Life is a never-ending learning process. I am hoping to share my previous experience and any knowledge I have with them.”

Yoon’s research includes data visualization, biometric data visualization and sonification, new interfaces for musical expression, and mobile user experience design. She worked at Samsung Electronics, Experimental Visualization Lab in UCSB, and SENSEable City Lab in MIT as a Visiting Researcher. Considering that her creative work and research are an intersection of technology and art, San José is a perfect place for Yoon. “SJSU is at the heart of Silicon Valley where art/design and engineering meet,” she says. “I think it will be beneficial for me to continue my research with a wide variety of collaborators both within and outside of the university. I am planning to conduct research on making data-driven designs and artworks using new media technology and disseminate the work in various exhibitions in the new few years.”

Yoon recently participated in an art show “Intersections” in Fort Mason in San Francisco ( and has two upcoming art exhibitions in 2019, Alliance of Women In Media Arts and Technology (AWMAT) 2019 ( ) at UC Santa Barbara, and Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) SIGGRAPH DAC exhibition (