Distinguished Alumni

 


Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

MA, Design Education, 1997; MFA, Industrial Design, 2002

Senior Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. A tenured associate professor and administrator with industry experience and 20+ years teaching and applying design thinking and strategy, user centered design methods, and product design and innovation in academia and professional service organizations. 


Paul Benson

Paul Benson

BSD, Interior Design, 2009

Emmy award winning designer passionate about improving user-experience over a wide spectrum of environments, both physical and digital, including broadcast news set design, event design, experiential marketing and environmental graphics. 


Prasad Boradkar

Prasad Boradkar 

MA, Industrial Design, 1993

Prasad Boradkar is professor in Industrial Design at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe. He is the Director of InnovationSpace, a transdisciplinary laboratory at ASU where faculty and students from design, business, sustainability and engineering partner with corporations to develop human-centered product concepts that hold societal benefit and minimize impacts on the environment. He also serves as the Co-Director of the Biomimicry Center at ASU, an organization dedicated to the exploration of biologically-inspired solutions to problems of sustainability. He is the author of Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects (Bloomsbury, 2010) and co-editor of Encountering Things: Design and Theories of Things (Bloomsbury, 2016). He is also a Design Lead managing efforts in ID, UI, UX for a project in Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group.


Amanda Buck

Amanda Buck

BSD, Visual Communication Design, 2008

 

 


Chris Calori

Chris Calori

BSD, Visual Communication Design, 1974

Chris Calori co-founder and principal of Calori & Vanden-Eynden. Chris Calori has extensive experience in signage and identity design for a wide range of project types; she developed C&VE's effective information/graphics/hardware systems approach to signage program design and management and originated their pioneering service of master planning signage programs for large-scale, phased-implementation sites.


Elle Chute

Elle Chute

BSD, Interior Design, 1979

Co-founder of Chute Gerdeman and widely respected creative force in the retail design industry. A global leader in retail experience innovation, insights and design.
 


Uday Dandavate

MA, User Research, 1995

Founder and CEO of SonicRim, a global design research company engaged in studying people, cultures, and change around the world. At SonicRim, Uday heads up a multidisciplinary team comprised of professionals from the fields of industrial design, market research, psychology, anthropology, information design, and sociology. SonicRim’s clients range from Fortune-500 companies to start-ups and venture capitalists looking for consumer insights to drive the innovation of products, brands, marketing messages, and point-of-purchase experiences. 


Shelley Evenson

Shelley Evenson 

BSD, Visual Communicaiton Design, 1978

Group Director for Organizational Evolution at Fjord. Previously Shelley was a Manager and Experience Researcher at Facebook focusing on tapping into people’s needs and defining novel ways to respond. Before joining Facebook, she was a Principal in User Experience at Microsoft, collaborating with researchers and developers of new digital social media experiences. Shelley came to Microsoft from Carnegie Mellon University where she was an Associate Professor teaching interaction design. She integrated design innovation with business opportunities by collaborating with colleagues from the Tepper School of Business and the Human Computer Interaction Institute, and outside sponsors including GM, Intel, Microsoft, and Motorola.


Lorraine Justice

Lorraine Justice

(1988)

Industrial Design Consultant and International Speaker. Professor of Industrial Design, Rochester Institute of Technology.
 


Martin Keen

Martin Keen 

BSD, Industrial Design, 1989

Founder of KEEN Footwear and founder of Focal Upright furniture. Keen opened his first industrial design office, KEEN Design Studio, in Rhode Island in 1994. In 2003, he launched KEEN® Footwear. In 2012, he started Focal Upright™ with the aim of transforming the way we work.


EunSook Kwon

Eun Sook Kwon

MA, Design Education, 1990

EunSook Kwon has developed the curriculum of the new ID program at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston, and built it as a hub for the design community in the southern United States. Kwon has published and lectured throughout the world about creative design thinking and design strategy development. She has consulted to numerous corporations, including Amore Pacific Co. and Samsung, and has conducted private educational programs for government agencies and corporations.


Steve Martino

Steve Martino 

BSD, Visual Communication Design, 1981; MA, Art Education, 1989

Director of The Peanuts Movie. Martino has directed such past features as Horton Hears a Who! (2008) and Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) for Blue Sky Studios.


Kelly Mooney

Kelly Mooney

BSD, Visual Comminication Design, 1980

A widely influential thought leader and spokesperson in the digital and multichannel arenas, Kelly Mooney is a twenty-year veteran of consumer-centric marketing and industry-renowned for her uncanny gift to translate the complexities of the digital channel and consumer behavior into actionable business solutions.


Thomas Ockerse

Thomas Ockerse

BFA, Graphic Design, 1963

Professor at Rhode Island School of Design where he heads graduate studies in graphic design. He is a design consultant and a frequent lecturer in the USA, Europe, and Asia on visual communication and design education. Tom is known for his explorations in language experiments (concrete poetry, bookworks, visual-linguistic systems) and theories in semiotics and concretism applied to design practice and education. His work has won many awards and is represented in publications internationally. He is a partner with The Humanity Initiative (www.humanity.org) and active in other non-profit making organizations.


Maria Palazzi

Maria Palazzi 

BSID, Visual Communication Design, 1982

Professor of Design and the director of the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) at The Ohio State University.  In the Department of Design she teaches and advises in the MFA program.  As director of the Center, Palazzi is responsible for fostering multidisciplinary research opportunities for graduate students and faculty in the evolving areas of computer animation, the arts, and technology. 


Cynthia E. Smith

Cynthia E. Smith

BSD, Industrial Design, 1987

Curator of Socially Responsible Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

 


Karen Stone

Karen Stone

BSD, Industrial Design, 1980

Karen Stone is an award-winning designer whose work for Knoll has been recognized by ID, Domus, and Interiors, among other publications. She is responsible for the design of Knoll Showrooms, Knoll Retail Shops, exhibitions and trade shows, including NeoCon in Chicago. In addition, she has worked on growing sustainable design, new materials and technologies and new finish directions at Knoll. Stone is passionate about educating future generations of design leaders, establishing the Knoll Design Student Internship program and acting as Faculty Advisor to both the IDSA Student Chapter and the Pratt Legends Design Award. She is Adjunct Professor in Industrial Design at Pratt Institute in New York City. 


Rainer Teufel

Rainer Teufel

MA, Industrial Design, 1978 

Rainer is a founding Principal and Chairman of Design Central, a global innovation consultancy and industrial design company. He holds awards from Industrial Design Excellence Awards, the Industrial Designers Society of America, Design Excellence Awards from I.D. Magazine, the IF Award, and other U.S and international entities.  Rainer’s career has been spent building Design Central, a 33 year old product development firm in Columbus, Ohio. Throughout his forty year career Rainer has cultivated strong relationships with his team and his clients. As a result, Rainer’s mentorship continues to influence their design aesthetic, user-centered solutions and product brand language innovations as they venture through their career paths. Rainer has impacted design solutions for clients such as Procter & Gamble, Crown Equipment, Xerox, and Midmark Corporation. Rainer’s diploma of design is from Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, Germany and his Masters in Industrial Design is from the Ohio State University.
 


Surya Vanka

Surya Vanka

MFA, Design, 1990

Vanka is a designer, educator and author—at the leading edge of physical and digital experiences for more than 25 years. He served as director of user experience at Microsoft, a tenured professor of design at the University of Illinois and a fellow at the prestigious Center for Advanced Study. Vanka has authored design books and other publications; lectured in more than 20 countries; and earned several industry awards. He’s also the chair of IDSA’s 50th anniversary International Conference, set for August in Seattle.

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