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John Kruse, Ph.D.

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Adjunct Faculty Member

B.A. in Psychology - Rutgers University

Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology - University of Minnesota

Killam Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psychology - Dalhousie University, Canada


Senior Product Development Specialist, 3M Corporate Research Systems Laboratory

John Kruse uses a variety of approaches to user research, prototyping, and usability testing. He applies principles of perceptual and cognitive psychology to assure good usability and an enjoyable user experience for 3M products. He also does research into innovative technology opportunities.

Products & Projects

  • Welding helmets and other personal protective equipment
  • Patient warming and other medical products
  • Post-It Plus smartphone app
  • Fingerprinting, passport scanning devices
  • RFID for library systems and asset management
  • Web sites, including product selectors
  • Visual attention and conspicuity for safety applications

18 patents, including “Radio frequency identification in document management,” “Applications for radio frequency identification systems,” and “Software notes”.

Learning & Teaching

  • Industrial Firefighter Certification to gain insights for 3M safety products for the fire service
  • “Tactics for efficient and effective formative usability testing – lessons learned” Talk at the 4th Annual Human Factors Excellence for Medical Device Design conference in Minneapolis in 2018
  • Course on design and usability over the last 20 years for the Masters of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE) program at the University of Minnesota