Sean earned a Bachelor of Science in Product Design from The Ohio State University’s Industrial Design program, minoring in human factors engineering. Sean has over 35 years of R&D experience in a variety of industries ranging from luxury yachts to ruggedized electronics and medical devices. His current focus at BH is in the management of the user research and insight translation phases of product development. That focus includes contextual inquiry, usability testing, user-centric innovation, establishing user requirements, device definition and user interface design.
Since founding BlackHägen Design in 1995, he has led research and usability design projects, in both institutional and home environments, across twenty countries. Sean has contributed to usability standards as an author for AAMI TIR 50, 59 and in the revisions of HE75 and IEC 32366. He was the IDSA Medical Section Chair from 2010-2013 and served two terms on the Board of Directors. He is currently the Chair of the Patient Safety Initiative.