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Faculty

Leadership

Amy O'Keefe

Director, EDI program
Assistant Faculty

Amy O'Keefe is the Director of EDI and teaches Service Design. She leads design sprint and micro-pilot coursework. Amy has consulted on service, experience, and integrated multi-channel initiatives for Fortune 50 retail and global Am Law 100 clients.

Jim Wicks

Director, MPD2 program, Co-Director, EDI program
Clinical Professor, Segal Design Institute

Jim Wicks is the Co-Director of the EDI program and teaches Product Design, Thesis Studio, and Management of Product Innovation. He was the Senior Vice President of Consumer Experience Design at Motorola, Google, and Lenovo.

Human-Centered Design Studio Faculty

Liz Gerber

Co-Chair, Design Research Council
Executive Committee, Design Research Council
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Founder, Design for America

Liz Gerber teaches Service Design and leads research in the Segal Design Institute. She studies and designs social computing systems to support innovation.

Greg Holderfield

Executive Director, Segal Design Institute
Co-director, MMM Program
Pentair - D. Eugene and Bonnie L. Nugent Clinical Professor of Design Innovation

Greg Holderfield teaches Design Strategy Studio. Greg was the vice president of design and strategy at ARC Worldwide / Leo Burnett, where he led breakthrough initiatives for McDonald's, P&G, Kellogg's, and Symantec.

Faculty

Dan Brown

Clinical Professor
Director, Ford Prototyping Lab
Faculty Advisor, Segal Professional Bridge

Dan Brown teaches Differentiation by Design and Intellectual Property and Innovation. He is the founder and president of LoggerHead Tools and a principal at Consul-Tech Concepts. He also holds over 30 U.S. utility patents.

Michael Chapman

Adjunct Lecturer

Michael Chapman teaches Design Research. He spent 12 years with IDEO as a design director before joining Ascension Health as a senior director with the mandate to initiate the design research team.

Susan Curtis

Adjunct Lecturer

Susan Curtis teaches Interaction Design with Tom Quish and Jesse Wilbur, and mentors EDI thesis projects. She is the founder and president of Bloompath Studios, a consultancy helping purpose-driven organizations design better products and services.

Mike Edmonds

Adjunct Lecturer

Mike Edmonds teaches Mindful Product Management and mentors EDI thesis projects. Mike is the Co-Founder and VP of Product at Moonshot by Pactera, a global innovation studio helping brands co-create purposeful experiences based on emerging technologies.

John Hartman

Clinical Assistant Professor

John Hartman teaches Communication Design and a number of industrial design courses in the Segal Design Institute. He was previously Industrial Design Lead at Lunar Design.  

Erica Isaacs

Adjunct Lecturer

Erica Isaacs teaches a Design Sprint course focused on healthcare innovation. Currently she is working as a Senior Design Researcher within Nemera's Insight Innovation Center. 

Sabrina Katz

Adjunct Lecturer

Sabrina teaches Making Things. Sabrina has been contributing to the Chicago design community for nearly 25 years as an industrial designer, artist, and educator.

James Ludwig

Adjunct Lecturer
Vice President, Global Design and Product Engineering, Steelcase

James teaches Brand and Design Leadership and is the Vice President of Global Design and Product Engineering at Steelcase.

Tom Quish

Adjunct Lecturer

Tom co-teaches Interaction Design with Susan Curtis and is the SVP, Head of Design for Rightpoint, a global experience consultancy.

Craig Sampson

Adjunct Lecturer

Craig Sampson teaches Designing Product Interactions and Intersect CPG. He is the founder of TBD Innovation. Craig previously founded and directed the IDEO Chicago office.

Amy Schwartz

Adjunct Lecturer

Amy Schwartz teaches Design Research and Thesis Studio. Currently, she consults as a Principal at Empathic Innovation and is the Design Researcher in Residence at MATTER, the Chicago health-tech incubator.

Jill Sherman

Adjunct Lecturer

Jill Sherman teaches Design Communication. She is a Design Principal and Enterprise Design Thinking Leader at IBM. She has over 20 years of extensive graphic design, branding and integrated marketing experience in a variety of industries.

Rotimi Solola

Adjunct Lecturer
Principal Designer at SO dsgn LLC

Rotimi Solola is the Principal Designer at SO dsgn LLC. Before becoming an independent designer, Solola worked as a member of the Motorola Mobility design team, where he acquired much of his knowledge of bringing products to market.

Elisa Vargas

Adjunct Lecturer

Elisa Vargas teaches Service Design. Currently, she leads the global user experience design practice as design director at Motorola Mobility.

Helen von den Steinen co-teaches Product Design Studio and Intersect CPG. She is a Principal Scientist for research and design at Procter & Gamble. 

Jesse Wilbur

Adjunct Lecturer

Jesse co-teaches Interaction Design with Susan and Tom. He is the Interaction Design Group Director at IA Collaborative.
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