Lien Tran

Assistant Professor // Design, Game Development, Strategy
School of Design
Lien Tran

Bio and Research Information

Lien Tran (she, her, hers) is an assistant professor of games and design at the DePaul University's School of Design in the College of Computing and Digital Media. She is co-director of the New Experience Research and Design Lab (NERDLab), a student-faculty cooperative driven by design research, prototyping and development, and an enthusiasm for social impact. She is an award-winning designer who has serious fun breaking down real-world complexity into interactive systems, including for social justice. Her design portfolio includes online and game-based tools for organizations such as Open Society Foundations, World Bank, and United Nations and a variety of interactive and game-based tools with collaborators in health education, human rights law, and geography/GIS. Professor Lien Tran received her M.F.A. in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York, NY, and her B.B.A. in Information Technology with a minor in Computer Science from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. To find out more about Lien's work and activities please visit

Research Area

Design, Game Development, Strategy

Schedule for Fall 2021-2022

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