Laura is a PhD pre-candidate in Design Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her work explores ways to make design processes more empathetic and inclusive so that design outcomes across industries are more inclusive. Her background is in disability design, manufacturing and supply chain, and front-end design research.
Shanna Daly is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. She has a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton (2003) and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University (2008). Her research focuses on strategies for design innovations through divergent and convergent thinking as well as through deep needs and community assessments using design ethnography, and translating those strategies to design tools and education. She teaches design and entrepreneurship courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, focusing on front-end design processes.
Dr. Seda McKilligan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial Design at Iowa State University, in the United States. She has a B.I.D. in Industrial Design from METU in Turkey and an M.F.A. in Design and a Ph.D. in Design Science from the University of Michigan, in the US. Her current research on approaches in the design innovation process, ideation flexibility, investigations of problem-solution spaces, and concept generation and development practices of novices through practitioners is supported by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation. She produces theory, design principles and systems to support design, engineering and educational innovation processes, through studying experiences of individuals and teams that lead to innovative thinking and through integrating that knowledge into organizational change.
Colleen M. Seifert is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and psychology at Yale University. She was an ASEE postdoctoral fellow at the University of California – San Diego and the Navy Personnel Research Development Center. Her research interests center on learning, memory, and creativity.
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