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SPEAKERS & EMCEES

IDC 2021 will feature keynote and main stage presentations, workshops, panel discussions, rapid-fire sessions, and includes all new content presented here for the first time.

Afshin Mehin

Main Stage

Track 3

Afshin Mehin

Founder, Card79

Design for the Brain

San Francisco, CA (US)

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Anh Nguyen

Emcee

Track 3

Anh Nguyen

Designer & Co-Founder of Creative Session

Creative Director at Playground

IDC Track 3 Emcee

San Francisco, CA (US)

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Bryan Howell, IDSA

Rapid Fire Session

Track 2

Bryan Howell, IDSA

Associate Professor, Industrial Design, Brigham Young University

Exploring the Gender Stereotype Threat Women Experience in Team-Based EDU Settings

Salt Lake City, UT (US)

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Colton Mehlhoff

Main Stage

Track 6

Colton Mehlhoff

Applications Engineer, Stratasys

Stratasys 3D Printing Highlights

Minneapolis, MN (US)

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Don-tae Lee

Keynote

Track 3

Don-tae Lee

Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Design Center, Samsung Electronics

Design for a Better Tomorrow

Seoul, South Korea

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Giuliana Mazzetta

Main Stage

Track 1

Giuliana Mazzetta

Business Design & Creative Strategy, Studio Cosmati

Crafting a Future for Interspecies Design

London, England

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Hunter Elmore, IDSA

SMA Winner

Track 3

Hunter Elmore, IDSA

Transportation Design Student, University of Cincinnati

2021 Central District Student Merit Award Winner - University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH (US)

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Jason Morris, IDSA

Co-Presenter: Panel Discussion

Track 2

Jason Morris, IDSA

Director of Industrial Design, Western Washington University

Breaking Down Barriers & Crossing Aisles: Enhancing ID Education with User Experience Design

Bellingham, WA (US)

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Kellie Walters

Main Stage

Track 4

Kellie Walters

CMF Designer, Garmin

Design for Utopian Futures

Kansas City, MO (US)

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Linsey Nancarrow

Keynote

Track 6

Linsey Nancarrow

Senior Creative Strategist, Indigo Slate

Why Is It Hard to Be a Climate Designer?

Seattle, WA (US)

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Mila Penrith, IDSA

SMA Winner

Track 3

Mila Penrith, IDSA

Director Of Brand Marketing, Studio Skosh

2021 West District Student Merit Award Winner - University of Oregon

Eugene, OR (US)

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Raja Schaar, IDSA

Co-Presenter: Breakout Workshop

Track 2

Raja Schaar, IDSA

Program Director, Product Design, Drexel University

Cli-fi Futures

Philadelphia, PA (US)

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Shelton Davis, IDSA

Breakout Workshop

Track 6

Shelton Davis, IDSA

Founder, Empathy Lab

Empathy Fuels Innovation - Empathy Decathlon™ Practice

Atlanta, GA (US)

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Steven Wakabayashi

Main Stage

Track 5

Steven Wakabayashi

Founder & President, QTBIPOC Design

Designing Equitable Creative Teams

New York, NY (US)

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Victor Ermoli

Co-Presenter: Keynote

Track 2

Victor Ermoli

Dean of the School of Design, SCAD

SCAD + Lextant: Partnering to Create a Certification in Upfront Design & User Experience Research

Savannah, GA (US)

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Alex Lobos, IDSA

Main Stage

Track 4

Alex Lobos, IDSA

Professor and Graduate Director of ID, Rochester Institute of Technology & Research Fellow Emeritus, Autodesk

Enhancing Design (Neuro)diversity

Rochester, NY (US)

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Annabel Huber, IDSA

SMA Winner

Track 6

Annabel Huber, IDSA

Industrial Designer

2021 Midwest District Student Merit Award Winner - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL (US)

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Cameron White

Rapid Fire Session

Track 2

Cameron White

UX Designer, Q2

Enhancing Diversity Through Design Education w/ MOLD (Minorities' Opportunity to Learn Design)

Austin, TX (US)

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Cynthia Jih, OTD, OTR/L

Rapid Fire Session

Track 2

Cynthia Jih, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

Understanding the User in Design

Gaithersburg, MD (US)

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Efecem Kutuk, IDSA

Rapid Fire Session

Track 2

Efecem Kutuk, IDSA

Program Coordinator, Industrial Design, Michael Graves College, Kean University

Healing Trauma Through Design

Hoboken, NJ (US)

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Gokul Beeda, IDSA

SMA Winner

Track 3

Gokul Beeda, IDSA

Industrial Design Intern, Sprout Studios

2021 Northeast District Student Merit Award Winner - Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY (US)

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Ilene Shaw

Emcee

Track 1

Ilene Shaw

CEO of Shaw + Co Productions and Founding producer of Design Pavilion

IDC Track 1 Emcee

New York, NY (US)

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Jesse Rademacher

Main Stage

Track 4

Jesse Rademacher

Co-Founder & CEO, Madeium

Creatives Make Terrible Pets - NFTs Unleash Us!

Portland, OR (US)

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Kelly Custer

Breakout Workshop

Track 6

Kelly Custer

Founder & Design Director, Knack

Why Your Good Ideas Don’t Go Anywhere & How to Fix That

Knoxville, TN (US)

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Mandy Drew

Main Stage

Track 5

Mandy Drew

UX Research Manager, Capital One

How Researchers & Designers Can Help Improve the Social Impacts of Emerging Design Technology

Washington DC (US)

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Mina Kasirifar, IDSA

GSMA Winner

Track 1

Mina Kasirifar, IDSA

Industrial Designer, Intern at Bould Design

2021 West District Graduate Student Merit Award Winner - San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA (US)

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Robert Watters, IDSA

Rapid Fire Session

Track 2

Robert Watters, IDSA

Instructor at the School of Industrial Design, Carleton University

Leveraging Designers for Patent Content

Ottawa, Canada

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Sheng-Hung Lee, IDSA

Breakout Session

Track 2

Sheng-Hung Lee, IDSA

MIT Office of Sustainability Fellow, MIT AgeLab Designer

Carbon Neutrality in Makerspaces: Circular Makerspace Evaluation Toolkit (CMET)

Cambridge, MA (US)

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Tati Ferrucio, IDSA

GSMA Winner

Track 1

Tati Ferrucio, IDSA

Junior Industrial Designer, Barkbox Inc.

2021 Northeast District Graduate Student Merit Award Winner - Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY (US)

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Vijay Chakravarthy, IDSA

Breakout Presentation

Track 3

Vijay Chakravarthy, IDSA

Design Lead, Philips

Ergonomics of the Human Mind

Seattle, WA (US)

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Amin Hasani, IDSA

Main Stage

Track 5

Amin Hasani, IDSA

Founder, CURVD

Human Friendly Design

Brooklyn, NY (US)

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Aziza Cyamani, IDSA

Emcee

Track 2

Aziza Cyamani, IDSA

Assistant Professor of Product Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

IDSA Education Symposium Emcee

Lincoln, NE (US)

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Carly Hagins, IDSA

Main Stage

Track 2

Carly Hagins, IDSA

Assistant Professor, Product Design, Western Michigan University

Intro to Education Symposium w/ Aziza Cyamani, Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, and Bryan Howell

Kalamazoo, MI (US)

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Danielle Chen, IDSA

Rapid Fire Session

Track 2

Danielle Chen, IDSA

Senior UX Designer, Huge

Activism in Design

Philadelphia, PA (US)

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Fernando Carvalho

Rapid Fire Session

Track 2

Fernando Carvalho

University Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

Designing at the Edge of Civilization

Nottingham, England

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Hengbo Zhang, IDSA

GSMA Winner

Track 1

Hengbo Zhang, IDSA

Industrial Designer

2021 Midwest District Graduate Student Merit Award Winner - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Savoy, IL (US)

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James Rudolph, IDSA

Co-presenter: Panel Discussion

Track 2

James Rudolph, IDSA

Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame

Breaking Down Barriers & Crossing Aisles: Design Agency

St. Joseph, MI (US)

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Jules Pieri

Keynote

Track 1

Jules Pieri

Co-founder, The Grommet

Powerful Products

Boston, MA (US)

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Kiki Redhead, CMG

Breakout Presentation

Track 3

Kiki Redhead, CMG

Global CMF & Trend Manager, Sherwin-Williams

How to Anticipate, Understand, and Forecast Future Trends for Application in Design

Minneapolis, MN

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Marty Gage

Co-Presenter: Keynote

Track 2

Marty Gage

VP User Experience Research, Lextant

SCAD + Lextant: Partnering to Create a Certification in Upfront Design & User Experience Research

Columbus, OH (US)

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Olivia Herms

Main Stage

Track 1

Olivia Herms

Designer & Founder, bada&bou

Design for the Smallest Ones

Bavaria, Germany

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Ryan Chen

Main Stage

Track 5

Ryan Chen

Executive Director of Strategy, Bresslergroup

Visionary Product Strategy

Philadelphia, PA (US)

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Spencer Murrell

Co-Presenter: Keynote

Track 2

Spencer Murrell

VP Insight Translation, Lextant

SCAD + Lextant: Partnering to Create a Certification in Upfront Design & User Experience Research

Delaware, OH (US)

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Tsai Lu Liu, IDSA

Main Stage

Track 5

Tsai Lu Liu, IDSA

Professor of Industrial Design and Department Head, NC State University

Design for COVID Vaccine Hesitancy

Raleigh, NC (US)

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Vinod Kizhakke

Co-Presenter: Main Stage

Track 6

Vinod Kizhakke

Principal, Strategic Design Consulting, Infosys

Designing For a Future with Biometrics

Chicago, IL (US)

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Ana Mengote Baluca, IDSA

Main Stage

Track 6

Ana Mengote Baluca, IDSA

Founder & Creative Director, lowercase innovation

Activating Designers as Design Activists

New York, NY (US)

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Becca Carroll

Main Stage

Track 4

Becca Carroll

Director, IDEO CoLab

Decentralized Money and Financial Inclusion

San Francisco, CA (US)

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Chris Baeza

Co-Presenter: Breakout Workshop

Track 2

Chris Baeza

Program Director, Design & Merchandising, Drexel University

Cli-fi Futures

Malvern, PA (US)

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Derek Tucker, IDSA

SMA Winner

Track 6

Derek Tucker, IDSA

Industrial Design & User Experience Intern, Medtronic

2021 South District Student Merit Award Winner - Auburn University

Birmingham, AL (US)

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Frances Yllana

Breakout Presentation

Track 3

Frances Yllana

Experience Director & Design Ops Lead, Projekt202

Design for the Design Team Experience

Dallas, TX (US)

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Hoang Nguyen

Emcee

Track 3

Hoang Nguyen

Designer & Co-Founder of Creative Session

Creative Director at Playground

IDC Track 3 Emcee

San Francisco, CA (US)

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Jason Lopes

Breakout Presentation

Track 1

Jason Lopes

Global Market Development Engineer, Carbon

Driving A-List Innovation with Additive Manufacturing

Los Angeles, CA (US)

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Julia Shao

Co-Presenter: Main Stage

Track 6

Julia Shao

Consultant, Design Strategy & Research, Infosys

Designing For a Future with Biometrics

Chicago, IL (US)

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Kwela Hermanns

Co-Presenter: Keynote

Track 2

Kwela Hermanns

Associate Chair of Industrial Design & Design for Sustainability, SCAD

SCAD + Lextant: Partnering to Create a Certification in Upfront Design & User Experience Research

Savannah, GA (US)

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Melissa Ferere

Breakout Presentation

Track 1

Melissa Ferere

Senior Researcher, Google

Design for Those Who Don’t Have a Seat at the Table...Yet

New York, NY (US)

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Radhika Seth

Main Stage

Track 5

Radhika Seth

Sales Director, Yanko Design

Design Journalism

Mumbai, India

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Sam Gwilt

Emcee

Track 6

Sam Gwilt

Industrial Designer at Layer Design

IDC Track 6 Emcee

London, England

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Steve Love

Rapid Fire Session

Track 2

Steve Love

Designer & Founder, dext

Wishcycle

Houston, TX (US)

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Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness,
IDSA

Emcee

Track 2

Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness,
IDSA

Assistant Professor Industrial Design at Iowa State University

IDSA Education Symposium Emcee

Aimes, IA (US)

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William Nickley, IDSA

Co-Presenter: Panel Discussion

Track 2

William Nickley, IDSA

Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University

Breaking Down Barriers & Crossing Aisles: No Distance Too Far

Columbus, OH (US)

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