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Design at the Intersections Event Series - Designing Freedom of Approach into Human-Machine Relationships

October 2021   On October 20, 2021, Northwestern Engineering's Bruce Ankenman and Todd Murphey discussed how humans and machines need to communicate, sometimes using nonverbal and/or emergent aspects of communication, leaving flexibility for the human. Watch the recording.

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Design at the Intersections Event Series - Design Stories

October 2021   Segal Design Institute's Design Intersections Series is a new event series that explores the intersections between design and engineering. During the first event in the series on October 14, 2021, Northwestern Engineering's Michael Peshkin and David Gatchell spoke about their experiences with design-engineering teams and clients, what talents and engineering skills team members bring, what happened, and what went awry. Watch the event recording,

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Students Featured in Chicago Inno’s 2021 ’25 Under 25’

September 2021   Five Northwestern students, including one Segal Design Certificate student, were recognized by Chicago Inno during a year of unprecedented growth in Chicago’s tech scene.

Pam Daniels Featured on America By Design

July 2021   Pam Daniels, clinical associate professor at the Segal Design Institute, was recently featured during a segment of America By Design. A creative, collaborative leader with global experience in human-centered design and organizational development, Daniels spoke with designer Scott Henderson about visual measuring cups and spoons.

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Segal Graduation Newsletter 2021

June 2021   The Segal Design Institute congratulates the class of 2021. Read letters to graduates from Segal Co-Director Kim Hoffman, Manufacturing and Design Engineering Program Director David Gatchell, and Segal Design Certificate Program Directors Stacy Benjamin and John Anderson.

Professor David Gatchell Receives 2020 Meshii Award

January 2021   Launched in 2016, the Masahiro and Eiko Meshii Award recognizes excellence in design education. This year Professor David Gatchell, director of the Manufacturing and Design Engineering (MaDE) undergraduate degree program, was honored along with Matthew Glucksberg, professor of biomedical engineering.

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Brown Named to National Academy of Inventors

December 2020   Clinical Professor Dan Brown, director of Segal's Prototyping and Fabrication Lab and a renowned inventor, is among 175 new fellows in the 2020 class.

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Design-A-Thon Ideas Rise to Occasion

September 2020   McCormick Design-A-Thon 2020, a virtual hackathon-style competition, challenged students to reimagine community in age of COVID-19. Segal students, faculty, and alumni served as mentors, moderator, and judges in the competition.

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A Contactless Bus Designed for the Pandemic Age

August 2020   John Hartman, clinical assistant professor in the Segal Design Institute, participated as a judge in the FourC Challenge, an international design competition sponsored by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Design. “Futurebus,” designed by an international team that includes Northwestern Engineering student Ryan Teo, won top prize.

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How McCormick Students are Helping Fashion Become More Green

July 2020   McCormick students Regina Morfin and Avantika Raikar are working to help the environment via the fashion industry with sustainable textiles.

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June 2020 Segal Graduation Newsletter

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Trio of McCormick First-Year Students Win Design Contest

May 2020   Three McCormick first-year students won the White Space Challenge for designing a natural air purifier that uses moss.

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Design 384 Students Help Farm Streamline Composting System

April 2020   A five-student team from Design 384 proposed a five-pile system to compost Wagner Farm’s 50-50 manure-straw waste more efficiently by introducing air through a pipe system beneath the pile.

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EDI Team Collaborates to Move Design Studio Courses Online

April 2020   Segal Design Institute faculty and staff adopt distributed design tools to deliver coursework in the wake of COVID-19.

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Designing a New Approach to DTC

April 2020   Northwestern Engineering’s Design Thinking and Communication course will emphasize labor-based assessments and iteration as it transitions to remote learning this spring.

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MaDE Capstone Quickly Adjusts to COVID-19 Realities

April 2020   COVID-19 leads Segal professors Dan Brown and David Gatchell to quickly adjust the capstone project at Northwestern Engineering’s MaDE program.

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Human-Centered Designs on Display at Thesis Fair

December 2019   On December 13, graduating EDI students presented their thesis projects before faculty, mentors, family, friends, and classmates at the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center.

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Design Research

December 2019   The MMM Program's Design Research course taught by Amy Schwartz provides a deep dive into the human-centric element of the design thinking process.

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Designing a Measure of Success

December 2019   Pam Daniels, a clinical associate professor with Segal Design Institute, cooks up an innovative design now sold at New York’s Museum of Modern Art store.

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MMM Students Sweep Kellogg Design Challenge

November 2019   Teams representing the MMM Program took home the top prizes at the Kellogg Design Challenge in partnership with Amazon.

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EDI Alumni Network Helps Students Find Internships and Jobs

November 2019   Chris Spaulding (EDI '19) interned at Milwaukee Tool over the summer where he was mentored by two EDI alumni.

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Alumna Heather Stern Discusses Solutions to Close the Gender Gap

November 2019   Alumna Heather Stern discussed strategies to support gender equity in brand and design leadership as part of the Dean’s Seminar Series.

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Design by EDI Alumnus Chosen for Nike By You x Cultivator

November 2019   Morgan Lewis (MS EDI '18) designed a sneaker for her Industrial Design class and now it is available as a limited edition shoe on the Nike website.

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Segal Design Institute Hosts Prototype Purple

October 2019   To celebrate Homecoming, Segal Design Institute and the McCormick School of Engineering welcomed alumni and their families to its annual event, Prototype Purple, in the Ford Engineering Design Center.

EDI Students Win dmi:Design Value Award

October 2019   A team of EDI students were honored as third place winners for an innovative menstrual cup system.

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Ford Design Center Unveils Renovations

September 2019   The Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center underwent renovations to create more spaces for collaboration and innovation.

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Beyond Good Intentions: How Do You Create a Culture of Responsible Design?

September 2019   Northwestern and Design for America alumnus Anna Blakley shares her reflection after helping to organize a panel discussion on responsible design. The event was co-hosted by LinkedIn and Design for America.

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Designing a Better World

September 2019   Fernanda Pupe Colaco (MMM '20) interned with over the summer. Her internship took her to Tanzania where she designed financial tools for street food vendors.

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Visual Measuring Cups by Faculty Member in The New York Times

August 2019   Visual measuring cups designed by Pam Daniels, Clinical Associate Professor with the Segal Design Institute, were featured in The New York Times.

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Leveraging MMM Skill Set at Sephora's Innovation Lab

August 2019   Mark Carrott Odden (MMM '20) spent his summer interning with the Sephora's Innovation Lab, an opportunity that aligned with his passion for combining retail, innovation, and technology.

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As Design for America Turns 10, Summit Spotlights Climate Change Effects in Local Communities

August 2019   More than 100 students from schools around the country will attend the Northwestern-hosted event from August 8-11.

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Design for America Leadership Studio to Explore Climate Change Solutions

July 2019   More than 100 students from schools around the country will attend the Northwestern-hosted event from August 8-11.

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Solar Car Team Unveils Reimagined Vehicle at Formula Sun Grand Prix

July 2019   Featuring greater reliability and structural stability, NUSolar introduced its new solar car at the Formula Sun Grand Prix from July 1-6 in Austin, Texas.

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Segal Design Institute Hosts San Francisco Design Week Panel Discussion

July 2019   Jim Wicks, Director of the MS EDI program, moderated a panel with representatives from Uber Health, HopeLab, and the City of Chicago before an audience of nearly one hundred people.

Innovating through Design Sprints

June 2019   Fourteen EDI students enrolled in a course called Design Sprints developed projects for industry partners, including Kraft Heinz, Lurie Children's Hospital, and Actualize Therapy.

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Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, Design Class Explores Geometry, Manufacturing, and Art

June 2019   The second year of the interdisciplinary class, DSGN 395-64: Leonardo, Geometry, and the Art of Manufacturing, introduced students to hands-on experiences from an iron pour to creating pieces for an art exhibit.

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Class of 2019 Celebrates Graduation

June 2019   Graduates from the Manufacturing and Design Engineering (MaDE), McCormick Integrated Engineering Studies (MIES), and Segal Design Certificate programs attended a reception hosted by the Segal Design Institute.

MMM Students Journey to Design Solutions

June 2019   Students in the MMM Program spent the winter term collaborating with Discover Global Network and Half Acre Beer Company as part of Business Innovation Lab, the program's capstone course.

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Deep Dive

June 2019   Northwestern Engineering students continue to delight Shedd Aquarium scientists year after year with innovative, collaborative solutions to important challenges.

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EDI Students Compete in VentureCat

May 2019   Christy Zhang, Hanna Lauterbach, and Chris Spaulding (EDI '19) will represent their startup called Maya in VentureCat, an event celebrating Northwestern's most promising student-founded startups.

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Accenture’s Baiju Shah Visits Campus to Discuss the Future of Design and Strategy

April 2019   Baiju Shah, chief strategy officer for Accenture Interactive and global lead at Fjord, gave the talk “Design and Strategy: What’s Next?” as part of the Segal Design Leadership Series on April 17.

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MMM Innovation Day Explores Design in Business

April 2019   Students came together for the first-ever MMM Innovation Day on April 12 to hear different perspectives about fostering design innovation in business.

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Design 384 Students Work to Expand Sensor Network to Prairie Environment

April 2019   Working with Professor Bill Miller and researchers, four Design 384 students helped design a power system for the Array of Things sensor network useable in a prairie setting to collect environmental information.

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MMM Students Win PitchTexas Competition at SXSW

April 2019   A startup created by three Northwestern students won $10,000 at the 2019 SXSW PitchTexas Competition on March 8.

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Segal Design Leadership Series Presents Accenture Interactive’s Baiju Shah

April 2019   Shah will visit campus on April 17 to discuss how design can promote the fusion of creativity and science and lead to breakthroughs.

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Intuitive Design for Measuring Cups Earns Recognition at Housewares Show

March 2019   Pam Daniels, a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern, was a finalist for the 2019 Global Innovations Awards for product design at the International Home + Housewares Show earlier this month.

MMM Students Win AbbVie Innovation Challenge

March 2019   Northwestern students competed in the AbbVie Innovation Challenge on March 6, with a team consisting of three MMM students and a Kellogg MBA student placing first.

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Northwestern Students Apply Design Thinking to Legal Service Delivery

March 2019   Twenty-four students from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Segal Design Institute’s EDI program teamed up for Design + Law, an event that focused on design thinking as a problem-solving approach for legal service delivery.

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City of Chicago Partners with Northwestern Engineering to Explore Civic Service Design

March 2019   Master of Science in Engineering Design Innovation (EDI) students worked with the City of Chicago to explore new ways for residents to engage with city services.

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Three Faculty Members Join Design Research Cluster

March 2019   Meet the three newest faculty members at Northwestern to have joined the Design Research Cluster: Jessica Hullman, Noshir Contractor, and Nicholas Diakopoulos.

Procter & Gamble Takes Tide Cleaners Nationwide

February 2019   In 2015, EDI students collaborated with the consumer products company to design a direct-to-consumer service called Tide Spin. Procter & Gamble announced it will roll out a version of the service to 2,000 locations by next year.

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MMM Students Research-Design-Build Their Way to Innovation

February 2019   During the fall 2018 term, students in MMM's Research-Design-Build course partnered with DICK'S Sporting Goods and Lowe's Home Improvement.

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Northwestern, SAIC Students Partner through ‘Data as Art’ Class

January 2019   Multimedia art projects created in the fall 2018 ‘Data as Art’ class will be on display in the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center until late February.

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Hybrid Designers Show Projects at EDI Thesis Fair

December 2018   Eighteen EDI students presented their thesis projects before faculty, mentors, family, friends, and classmates at the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center.

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Student Projects Showcased at Fall Design Expo

December 2018   The two-day event featured student work from Segal Design Institute courses and programs, including the MS in Engineering Design Innovation program, Segal Design Certificate, and first-year course Design Thinking and Communication.

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Northwestern Undergrads Advance to Final Round of Big Ten Student Design Challenge

December 2018   Three undergraduate students from Northwestern Engineering will advance to the final round of competition in the Big Ten Student Design Challenge sponsored by Herman Miller.

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EDI Students Prepare for Human-Centered Design Careers

December 2018   Students in the EDI program benefit from intimate conversations with alumni about how design integrates in different fields. That's important in an industry where integrated design innovation skills don’t fall easily into one job category.

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MMM Students Win Kellogg Design Challenge

November 2018   Thirty-six teams competed in the Kellogg Design Challenge to create solutions to reduce barriers to insulin pump therapy for Medtronic.

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Service Design Course Partners with Feeding America to Address Food Insecurity

October 2018   Twenty students in the winter 2018 Service Design course worked with Feeding America to create solutions to distribute rescued foods from retail stores to food insecure community members.

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Segal Design Institute Hosts Chicago Ideas Week Lab

October 2018   “Designing a More Authentic Life” was the first lab of Chicago Ideas Week, which focused on using the design process to create a more joyful life.

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Design for America Honored with National Design Award at Cooper Hewitt Gala

October 2018   Founded at Northwestern in 2009, the national student group was honored during the National Design Awards Gala on October 18.

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Liz Gerber Receives 2018 Meshii Award

October 2018   The Masahiro and Eiko Meshii Award recognizes excellence in design education, honoring Liz Gerber this year.

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EDI Students Begin Their Journey

October 2018   The EDI program welcomed 19 new students from 5 countries and 15 different schools to campus for Design Boot Camp, a pre-term session.

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EDI '18 Students Reflect on Internships

September 2018   This past summer, EDI students interned at Feeding America, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Microsoft, and Procter & Gamble Ventures among others. Four students share their experiences.

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Q&A with Jeanne Gatto, MMM '13

September 2018   Jeanne Gatto is Director, Innovation Strategy at Baxter Healthcare Corporation in the medical devices industry. In a Q&A, she reflects on her experience in the MMM Program and how it has impacted her career.

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Design Thinking in the NFL

August 2018   Richard Xie (MMM '19) spent his summer interning with the National Football League, working in Media and Business Development in both New York and Shanghai.

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Design Strategy for iRobot

August 2018   EDI students developed conceptual ecosystems for the consumer robot company iRobot as part of their course DSGN 455: Design Strategy.

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Design for America Leadership Studio to Focus on Student Empowerment

July 2018   More than 100 students from 38 universities across the nation will attend the Northwestern-hosted event from August 1-5.

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Peer Power

July 2018   Nearly 50 student-trainers help their fellow Wildcats with the safe and effective use of equipment in the Segal Prototyping and Fabrication Lab.

MMM '18 Graduates Celebrate

July 2018   Northwestern University's MMM Program celebrated the graduation of 58 master's students on June 22 and 23 as part of the University's 160th Commencement.

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Exploring the Future of Freight and Logistics

June 2018   Thanks to a pilot course at Northwestern's Segal Design Institute, 11 Master of Science in Engineering Design Innovation (EDI) students gained a hands-on experience with Uber Freight's efforts to transform one of the nation's most critical industries.

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Designing Solutions for Real-World Problems

June 2018   This past winter, students in the MMM Program collaborated with NorthShore University HealthSystem, McDonald's, and Hormel Foods Corporation as part of the program's capstone educational experience, Business Innovation Lab.

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Wheels Up

June 2018   Julia Savich (EDI '17) and Northwestern students with Design For America Summer Studio work to take the stress out of air travel for wheelchair users.

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Dollars and Design Sense

June 2018   Students in Northwestern's MMM Program combine design thinking and business expertise in a collaborative initiative with Visa.

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Manufacturing Marvels

June 2018   With a 3,000-degree furnace melting iron before them, 10 Northwestern students enrolled in a course titled Leonardo, Geometry, and the Art of Manufacturing participated in a centuries-old manufacturing process.

Empowering Undergraduates at the Intersection of Design and Computer Science

May 2018   The Design, Technology, and Research course uses a new, fast-paced teaching model to empower undergraduates to lead independent computer science research projects.

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PedalCell Competes in VentureCat

May 2018   When Gar Waterman (EDI '18) is not busy learning about human-centered design during his courses for the MS Engineering Design Innovation program, he helps run a student-led startup called PedalCell.

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Alumnus Takes Idea from Thesis Project to Manufacturing

May 2018   Phoebe Evans (EDI '17) is a Breakthrough Technology Process Engineer for Mars Wrigley Confectionery. In her spare time, she has developed her EDI thesis project, Gumdrop, into a market-ready product.

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MMM Students Compete in VentureCat

May 2018   Five MMM students are getting a chance to hone their entrepreneurship skills while competing in VentureCat, an event celebrating Northwestern’s most promising student-founded startups.

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Design for America Recognized with Prestigious National Design Award

May 2018   Founded at Northwestern in 2009, Design for America has been awarded Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s National Design Award for corporate and institutional achievement.

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Taking on Food Insecurity

March 2018   In a Service Design course, 20 EDI students developed new ways for Feeding America to get food into the hands of those who need it most.

Alumna's Company Wins Award at 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

March 2018   Alumna Hannah Chung’s company Sproutel won the Tech for a Better World Innovation Award at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

IBM’s Phil Gilbert Discusses Transformative Power of Design

March 2018   A part of the Segal Design Leadership Series, Gilbert revealed the critical role that human-centered design has played in IBM’s transformation to become the largest design-thinking organization in the world.

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EDI Class Brings Together Designers and Entrepreneurs

February 2018   EDI students help solve human-centered design issues for undergraduate entrepreneurs working on startup companies.

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White Space Design Challenge

February 2018   On January 27, seventy-seven students from Northwestern, Illinois Institute of Technology, Purdue University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago gathered on Northwestern’s Evanston campus to kick off the White Space Design Challenge.

Segal Design Leadership Series Presents IBM Design’s Phil Gilbert

February 2018   Gilbert will visit campus on February 26 to discuss how IBM uses human-centered design to develop products that address today’s complex challenges.

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‘Data as Art’ Explores Live Music, Government Spending, and Dreams

January 2018   Interdisciplinary course’s five final projects on display until February 26 in the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center.

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Improving Patient Care

January 2018   An interdisciplinary team of graduate students from Northwestern and Oregon Health & Science University took second place in the Student Design Challenge hosted by the American Medical Informatics Association in November 2017.

Class of 2017: EDI Thesis Projects

January 2018   Each graduating student from the EDI program completed a thesis project with support from faculty and industry mentors. The projects spanned multiple fields of design including product, interaction, service, strategy, and user experience.

Bringing Design to the Friendly Skies

December 2017   Insights and prototypes took flight in a MMM course called Research Design Build during the fall quarter as students partnered with United Airlines for a design innovation project.

Growth on Display

December 2017   On December 8 at the Ford Engineering Design Center, graduate students displayed their projects at the 2017 EDI Thesis Show, the culmination of the students' 18-month academic journey.

Three Professors Named to National Academy of Inventors

December 2017   Walter Herbst, Mark C. Hersam, and Teresa K. Woodruff were elected by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation.

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Segal Design Expo Showcases Innovative Projects

December 2017   The two-day event featured student work from several Segal Design Institute courses and programs, including the MS in Engineering Design Innovation program, student group Design for America, and first-year course Design Thinking and Communication.

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MMM Students Compete in Kellogg Design Challenge

November 2017   Students from across the United States and Canada competed to find better ways to deliver information to millennial parents.

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User Research for Sustainability

November 2017   Vivien Ng, a Northwestern Engineering student in the MaDE program, conducted user research for House by Northwestern. Her research contributed to a solar-powered home designed and built by students.

Designing for Inclusion in 24 Hours

November 2017   Graduate students from Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon presented prototypes intended to help those with disabilities navigate urban areas.

Creating a Category for Graduate Design Degrees

October 2017   Walter Herbst and Amy O’Keefe work toward making design degrees more consistent among peer institutions.

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Designing for A Just Harvest

October 2017   On October 18, the Segal Design Institute received the Sr. Cecilia Fandel Award for Community and Economic Development from A Just Harvest, a non-profit organization in the nearby Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Homecoming with Segal Design Institute

October 2017   On October 6, over 200 current students, alumni, faculty, and staff celebrated Homecoming for Northwestern at our Prototype Purple event.

Northwestern Solar Home Shows Off in Prime Time

October 2017   A team of students from House by Northwestern competed in Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, a collegiate competition that challenges teams to build a solar-powered home. Vivien Ng, a junior in the MaDE program, led on interior design.

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EDI Announces New Director

October 2017   The EDI program has announced Jim Wicks as the new Director of the EDI program. Before joining the faculty at Segal Design Institute in 2016, Wicks was the Senior Vice President of Consumer Experience Design at Motorola.

EDI '18 Students Go 'Into The Wild'

September 2017   The newest students in the MS in Engineering Design Innovation (EDI) program completed a ten-day boot camp in design, mechatronics, and fabrication before the official start of their program.

Advancing Design Research through Interdisciplinary Collaboration

September 2017   This year, four more faculty members have joined the Design Research Cluster: Brent Hecht from the School of Communication, Stephen Schueller from the Feinberg School of Medicine, Eleanor O’Rourke from Northwestern Engineering and the School of Education and Social Policy, and Madhu Reddy from the School of Communication.

Solar House Readies for Competition

August 2017   House by Northwestern’s ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Wednesday, August 23; next stop is the DOE Solar Decathlon.

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Using Design to Make Cities More Accessible

August 2017   More than 105 Design for America students tackled urban accessibility at Northwestern’s annual leadership studio.

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University Shop Managers Gather at Northwestern to Discuss Safety

July 2017   The Segal Design Institute hosted the third Student Shop Managers Conference (SSMC), which fostered dialogue on combining theory and practice in education, as well as standards for training, safety, and operations in educational student shops.

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MaDE Alumni Reinvent Technology for Adventure Travel

July 2017   James Kubik and Alan Besquin met as first-year students at Northwestern and they both majored in Manufacturing and Design Engineering (MaDE) through the Segal Design Institute. Now, they are co-founders of a startup called Somewear Labs.

3D Printing Empowers Students to Create New Designs

July 2017   Michael Beltran is the director of the 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping Lab in the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center at Northwestern. He teaches design as a concept integrated within product development, engineering and manufacturing.

Northwestern Students Envision the Future of Care

June 2017   During Intersect CPG: Transformative Product and Business Model Innovation, a multidisciplinary course offered by the Segal Design Institute, graduate students from Northwestern Engineering, Medill and Kellogg work with coaches from Procter & Gamble.

A New Way to Practice Passing

June 2017   As part of a Segal Design Institute course, students collaborated with Northwestern’s men’s soccer team to develop a soccer trainer that improves field awareness and passing accuracy.

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Northwestern Participates in San Francisco Design Week

June 2017   Segal Design Institute hosted an open house during at Northwestern's campus in downtown San Francisco on June 20.

MMM Students Celebrate Graduation

June 2017   Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering celebrated the graduation of students from the MMM Program on June 17 as a part of the University’s 159th Commencement.

MPD²​ Students Design New Products for Home

June 2017   Graduate students in the Master of Product Design and Development program presented their capstone projects at the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center in June.

EDI Students Head Out for Summer Internships

June 2017   Students enrolled in the MS in Engineering Design Innovation (EDI) program participate in summer internships at a variety companies, including Autodesk, IDEO, Medtronic, and Procter & Gamble.

San Francisco Design Week

June 2017   The Segal Design Institute will be opening the doors of Northwestern's new campus in downtown San Francisco on June 20 as part of San Francisco Design Week. This casual open house will give the Bay Area design community a chance to get to know our faculty, students and alumni.

Sarah Lim Wins Student Research Competition

May 2017   Northwestern Engineering junior Sarah Lim won the ACM CHI 2017 Student Research Competition earlier this month. Lim has been working in Northwestern's Delta Lab, an interdisciplinary research lab and design studio led by Segal research faculty, to make web design more accessible for beginners.

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Design Cluster Fellow Talks Crowdfunding on Marketplace

May 2017   Julie Hui, a Segal Design Cluster Fellow working at the Delta Lab at Northwestern, spoke to American Public Media's Marketplace about her research on crowdfunding.

Northwestern Student's Redesign of Apple Music Goes Viral

May 2017   Northwestern student Jason Yuan created his own redesign of Apple Music and published it on Medium. In just a few days, his posted received over 250,000 views and attention from Fast Company Design.

MMM Team Brings Special Forces to Code Platoon

May 2017   A team of MMM students that included military personnel identified cost-effective channels to improve user experience with Code Platoon, a Chicago vocational school that trains veterans through an intensive coding program. The student team tackled this project as part of Design 480: Business Innovation Lab, a unique experiential course for MMM students.

Northwestern’s Car Teams Gear Up for Competition

May 2017   With newly redesigned cars, Northwestern’s Baja and Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) teams are gearing up to speed past the competition. Both teams will race in three competitions this quarter.

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Northwestern Launches 'Make' Site

April 2017   Northwestern Engineering has several facilities for fabrication and prototyping. But how do you know which one is best for your project? Head to MAKE Northwestern, the University’s new one-stop information hub for all of its fabrication facilities and resources.

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Design For America alumnus wins Audience Choice prize at Cupid’s Cup

April 2017   The automated lighting system Luna Lights, led by Northwestern alumnus Donovan Morrison, won the Audience Choice prize on March 30 at Cupid's Cup, an entrepreneurship competition sponsored by Under Armour's CEO. Luna Lights began as a student project in Design For America's Northwestern studio. Design for America is housed within the Segal Design Institute.

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MMM Team Wins Rotman Design Challenge

April 2017   Held on April 1-2, the Rotman Design Challenge recognized a team of four students in the MMM Program with the best business and design solution on behalf of wireless telecommunications company and challenge sponsor TELUS.

Helping Students with Food Allergies Transition to College

April 2017   Students in the Engineering Design Innovation program collaborated with Dr. Ruchi Gupta, a Northwestern-based food allergy researcher, to address the vulnerability of students with life-threatening food allergies on college campuses.

Design for America Alumnus Leads Luna Lights to Cupid's Cup Finals

March 2017   On February 6, the start-up Luna Lights, which began as a Design for America project at Northwestern, was named a finalist for Cupid’s Cup, an entrepreneurship competition started by Under Armour founder Kevin Plank. Northwestern will host the finals March 30 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Design for America is housed within the Segal Design Institute.

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Northwestern students learn by doing in Bay Area Immersion Program

March 2017   Anthony Jakubiak, an Engineering Design Innovation alumnus and Senior Experience Designer at SAP Labs, comes full circle. This quarter, Jakubiak is a co-instructor with faculty member Liz Gerber at Northwestern's inaugural Bay Area Immersion Program where they emphasize experiential learning.

Student Perspective: Bay Area Immersion Experience

March 2017   Milan Samuel is a junior in the Manufacturing & Design Engineering (MaDE) program. This past quarter, Milan participated in the inaugural Bay Area Immersion Program. Here is her perspective on the program.

TA-DA - Undergraduates Design Expandable Electric Car

December 2016   Four Northwestern students picked up the top award from the P.A.C.E. annual forum sponsored by General Motors, HP, and Siemens for their work as part of an international design team.

The End of a Journey: Class of 2016 Thesis Presentations

December 2016   Thirteen students presented their individual thesis projects, efforts that touched on topics ranging from education and healthcare to food and travel.

Managing Directors of Moment Speak to MMM Students

December 2016   The MMM program at the Segal Design Institute welcomed Josh Lucas-Falk and John Devanney of Moment for an event called “Integrate: Business + Design: How to get the most from your degrees in the corporate world.”

MMM Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

December 2016   Proctor & Gamble challenged student teams to design a new foot care routine. The winning team included Nick Anastasiades, Natasha Singh, and Tom McIntyre from the MMM program.

MMM Students Give Back to the Community

November 2016   MMM students organized “Hoot for the Homeless,” a fundraiser for Kellogg School of Management students. Proceeds were donated to Connections for the Homeless, a local non-profit organization.

Students in "Designing Product Interactions" Listen Closely

November 2016   Students in "Designing Product Interactions" took a workshop in sound design led by Steve Milton, founder and CEO of Listen. Listen helps clients such as Microsoft, Tinder, Spotify, Virgin, and Audi shape user experience.

Twenty-Four Hours to Address a Twenty-Year-Old Problem

November 2016   Nearly 80 graduate students from four Integrated Design Innovation programs – Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania, MIT and Carnegie Mellon – were tasked to inject innovative design into medicine.

MMM Students Named Seibel Scholars

November 2016   Two students enrolled in MMM, a dual-degree program between Segal Design Institute and the Kellogg School of Management, were named 2017 Seibel Scholars.

Taking Aim at Food Allergies

November 2016   Engineering Design Innovation students targeted food allergy risks on college campuses with Dr. Ruchi Gupta from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Design Solutions for Aging Well with AMITA

October 2016   Three Northwestern students formed a multidisciplinary team and took the AMITA Health Design Challenge, a 24-hour design marathon for the next generation of problem solvers.

Making a Difference with Design

October 2016   Students in the “Design Communication and Methods” course created posters for a non-profit organization while learning typography, color theory, and layout.

Prototype Purple 2016

October 2016   Segal Design Institute celebrated Homecoming at Northwestern University by playing one-of-a-kind games during "Prototype Purple."

Connecting Chicago to the Classroom

October 2016   Chicago Ideas Week inspired city residents to think, dream and connect during October 17-23. Eleven students enrolled in courses at the Segal Design Institute were among the crowd, thanks to support provided by the Norman Fund.

Bay Area Immersion Experience

October 2016   Based at the Northwestern educational space in downtown San Francisco, 24 students – 12 each from the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science – will learn from and contribute to the Bay Area’s entrepreneurial culture.

MaDE Student Promotes Cycling Safety

August 2016   An undergraduate pursuing a BS in Manufacturing & Design Engineering developed informational road signs that promote bikers’ use of hand signals.

How Can Design Thinking Improve Voting?

August 2016   Design for America's national Leadership Studio was attended by 110 students representing 33 DFA chapters. Students explored ways to improve the voting experience.

Chicago Inno Features Luna Lights

August 2016   Chicago innovation website features the start up and DFA project Luna Lights, a lighting system that ensures the safety of the elderly at night.

Fast Company Highlights Undergraduate Work

July 2016   In the wake of IKEA recalling a popular furniture piece over safety concerns, Fast Company features projects by students from the Segal Design Institute. Students focused on making dressers "tip-proof" for children.

New Award to Honor Excellence in Design Education

June 2016   Family of emeritus faculty member Masahiro “Mike” Meshii (PhD ’59) have pledged more than $250,000 to endow the Masahiro and Eiko Meshii Award, which will be given by the Segal Design Institute to one or more faculty members.

Motorola Executive Jim Wicks Joins Faculty

June 2016   Jim Wicks, senior vice president of consumer experience design at Motorola, joins the Segal Design Institute as a full-time faculty member. Wicks is responsible for the design of many of the top mobile products of the last decade.

DFA Northwestern Featured on advisor TV's "Big Shoulders"

May 2016   DFA and Luna Lights were recently featured on "Big Shoulders" for their work in the civic technology space.

Two Segal Faculty Honored with 2016 University Teaching Awards

May 2016   Segal's David Gatchell and Liz Gerber are among five faculty members being honored with this year's Charles Deering McCormick Teaching Excellence Awards.

McCormick and Medill Offer New Bay Area Immersion Experience Program

March 2016   This quarter-long program in San Francisco is intended for sophomores and juniors in McCormick and Medill, with a focus on design innovation, digital communication, and the intersection of technology, media, and culture.

EDI Alumnus Helps Design Super Bowl City

March 2016   EDI alumnus and SAP Experience Designer Matt Glibbery helped design Super Bowl 50's Super Bowl City. Read this Q+A to learn more about his experience working on the project and what it was like getting to go to the Super Bowl.

First MOOC Session Receives Positive Feedback

March 2016   Segal's first session of "Leadership through Design Innovation" ended last week, and according to the data, learners were very pleased.

Meet Segal's James Dyson Foundation Scholars

March 2016   JDF awards yearly scholarships to students who demonstrate a commitment to engineering and the development of new ideas. Meet this year's three scholars from Segal.

Wall Street Journal Features Segal Design Institute

February 2016   Bruce Ankenman spoke with the Wall Street Journal about "Design Thinking and Communication," a course for freshman offered by the Segal Design Institute.

MOOC Offers Lessons for Design Innovation

January 2016   Starting on January 18, Northwestern Engineering will broaden its design curriculum by offering a massive open online course (MOOC) called “Leadership through Design Innovation,” which will teach participants about the process and power of design.

Class of 2015 Takes EDI Alumni Count Past 100

December 2015   EDI class of 2015 graduated this week, moving the program's alumni count into the hundreds. Family, friends and faculty celebrated the students and all of their accomplishments in Ford prior to the ceremony.

Another Successful Design Expo Under Segal's Belt

December 2015   Segal hosted its biannual Design Expo in a new location this year: The Garage. Students displayed innovative designs and polished portfolios that they worked on all quarter.

Connoisseurs of Touch

December 2015   Segal's Ed Colgate and Michael Peshkin continue to lead the way in haptics technology. Their most recent technology, The TPad, allows users to feel textures on a touchscreen.

Northwestern Research Highlights Segal and Shedd Aquarium's Partnership

December 2015   In its eighth volume, Northwestern Research publishes a piece on the robust relationship between Chicago's Shedd Aquarium and the Segal Design Institute.

MMM Students Reflect on Summer Internships

December 2015   Between their first and second year, MMM students take on challenging internships. Read about their experiences in this ongoing blog series.

Introducing Non-Engineers to Design

November 2015   Segal's new course Design Thinking and Doing introduces students outside of McCormick to the design process.

EDI + P&G: Six Years in the Making

November 2015   Segal Advisory Board member Robb Olsen talks about his role at P&G, the company's six-yearlong partnership with EDI, what it's like working with his wife and more in this Q+A.

Segal Offers New Design Courses and Sections

November 2015   Due to popular demand, Segal is offering additional quarters of some of its most popular DSGN courses, as well as adding a couple of new classes!

EDI+IPD Design Challenge: Emergency Epinephrine Access

November 2015   Students from Northwestern and the University of Pennsylvania participated in the third annual EDI+IPD 24-hour Design Challenge with this year's focus on emergency epinephrine access.

Prototype Purple '15: Segal Celebrates Homecoming

October 2015   Segal celebrates its third annual homecoming event Prototype Purple with students, alumni, friends, family and faculty.

Congratulations to Three Segal Research Council Members

October 2015   Segal celebrates two Research Council Members for their entrance into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame and another for her esteemed Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award.

MMM Course Partners with Local Nonprofit

September 2015   Answer this: What is design to you? That’s a pretty open-ended question, but that’s Professor Erin Huizenga’s intention when she asks her 60 MMM students the first day of class.

ABC7 Covers DFA Leadership Studio

August 2015   This year's DFA Leadership Studio attracted the news team from ABC7 Chicago. This year students focused on finding solutions to make life easier for people living with Down syndrome.

EDI Alumni Finalists in Global Design Award

August 2015   EDI alumni are finalists for INDEX: Award 2015, a global design award focused on "Designing to Improve Life." The winners will be revealed August 27 in Denmark.

Welcome DFA's Newest Fellows!

August 2015   DFA has two new fellows! Learn more about them here.


August 2015   EDI student and James Dyson Foundation scholar Torey Kocsik talks about her influencers and what it's like to be a female in a male-dominated industry.

Jerry the Bear: From NU to the White House

August 2015   NU and DFA alumni Hannah Chung and Aaron Horowitz show off their product Jerry the Bear at the first-ever White House Demo Day.

MMM Welcomes Its Newest Class

July 2015   MMM kicks off its orientation RSG by welcoming its new class of 60 with a bang!

Three Segal faculty awarded for their hard work

July 2015   We're excited to congratulate three of our faculty members on huge successes!

Segal Student Named NU Outstanding Senior

July 2015   Segal Design Certificate student Jenn Murphy was listed as one of NU's outstanding seniors making "The Innovators" list.

Segal Takes on Techweek

July 2015   McCormick Engineering had a booth at Chicago's techweek this year where Segal promoted its professional masters programs.

DESIGN: Chicago

April 2015   During this year’s DESIGN: Chicago, professionals from Doblin Inc., Audi, frog and IA Collaborative spoke about how design can be used as a strategic tool across industries.

The Power of Design Thinking: Q&A with Greg Holderfield

March 2015   Greg Holderfield is director of the Segal Design Institute, clinical associate professor and co-director of the MMM program. In this interview Holderfield discusses what makes design thinking so valuable.

Mockups Bracket Tournament: A Prototype is Born

February 2015   Liz Gerber debuts her quick-paced design-thinking game Mockups to Segal students during event.

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