Instructor for Cal Poly SLO – Dr. Xiaoying Rong earned her Bachelor of Engineering from Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, a Master of Business Administration from Beijing Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Printing from Western Michigan University. She is currently teaching printed electronics and product development, specialty printing technologies, and consumer packaging at Cal Poly SLO.

Her teaching and research interests are interactive tangible products development, design for smart packaging, and marketing applications. She has experience with technologies for manufacturing printed, flexible, hybrid electronics; specialty imaging technologies, materials for packaging and graphic communication products, conventional and digital printing technology, and color management. Xiaoying is also currently the PR person for a local Chinese association, managing their website, social media, and marketing materials.

She considers herself an engineer with a decent amount of creativity, with a passion to design physical products that are both aesthetic and functional. Her experiences focus more on technology, material, and production aspects of graphic communication.