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Design Education for the Maker World



Thanassis Rikakis

Vice Provost for Design, Arts and Technology,
Carnegie Mellon University





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Design students are relentless tinkerers, insatiable innovators, whether in class or outside. Now more than ever, we need students who will push the boundaries of design and tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges.The next generation of designers and engineers will play a vital role in addressing these challenges with innovative approaches that will change the way we work, enliven the way we play, make and enhance the way we live. Is education prepared for the future?
DMI’s Lab Culture session dedicated to education, will examine some of these through an interactive panel presentation hosted by Professor Craig Vogel, FIDSA
Participating panelists will bring new exciting new vision and ongoing practices from various viewpoints within their academic endeavor  (higher education, K-12, and campus incubator labs).


Craig Vogel, FIDSA, Associate Dean For Research & Graduate Studies, The College of Design Architecture Art and Planning,The University of Cincinnati


Surya Vanka, Director of User Experience, Microsoft

Sunand Bhattacharya IDSA, Global Education Strategist, Autodesk

Thanassis Rikakis, Vice Provost, Carnegie Mellon University 

Doris Wells-Papanek MEd, Director, Design Learning Network 

Neal Doyle, Associate Director, Harvard iLab 

Kerstin Strom, Graduate Student in Design, Notre Dame University


Thanassis Rikakis is Vice Provost for Design, Arts and Technology at Carnegie Mellon University. He serves as a full professor in the Schools of Design and Music and holds a courtesy appointment in the Biomedical Engineering Department. His research and creative work are in the areas of experiential media, mixed reality rehabilitation, interdisciplinary education and computer music.

As Vice Provost, Rikakis’ charge is to facilitate the growth of the many existing synergies among design, arts and technology – each term broadly conceived – as well as to create opportunities for new ones. Since his arrival at CMU in 2012 Rikakis has coordinated the development of the Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (, the Emerging Media Masters and Integrative Media Program in NYC (part of the applied sciences initiative).


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10/7/2018 » 10/9/2018
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