Staff Profiles

Dr. Matthews Ollyn

PhD User-Centred Design (Loughborough University, United Kingdom)

MSc Strategic Product Design (Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands)

BSd Industrial Design (Arizona State University, United States)

Matthews Ollyn is a lecturer in the Department of Industrial Design and Technology at  University of Botswana. He has over 10 years of teaching experience at University level; and believes that there has to be a connection between what is taught in class and what the industry is doing. Therefore whenever possible, in class projects have an industry client waiting on a solution. His areas of research interest include but not limited to the following: User-centred and strategic design, design sketching and sustainability.

Industrial Design Practice

Design Drawing

Graphics (photoshop and illustrator)

Professional Practice

Design Management

Design Projects 

Design Education 

User centred design

Design Practice

Sustainable Design


Rapitsenyane, Y., Moalosi, R., Ruele, V., and Ollyn, M. (2019). Decolonising the New Product Development process for higher education. In: Proceedings of The 46th Annual International Conference of SASE, 25-27 October, Eastern Cape, South Africa.


Rapitsenyane, Y., Ruele, V., Ollyn, M. and Mosepedi, T. (2018). Cognitive Impacts Of Programme Revision In Teaching Design Sketching As A Modelling Tool For Industrial Design Courses At The University Of Botswana. In: Proceedings of the SADC International Conference on Postgraduate Research for Sustainable Development, October 28 – 31, Gaborone.

In pursuit of academic excellence