BYRON J. MOUTON Director URBANbuild, Tulane’s School of Architecture
Byron J. Mouton is an established architect, educator, New Orleans native and alumnus of Tulane University. He now finds himself building his locally based practice, BILD Design, in conjunction with his academic role as professor of practice at Tulane’s School of Architecture and as director of the school’s design/build program - URBANbuild http://tulaneurbanbuild.com/. With more than 20 years of experience in the fields of architecture and construction and receiving several design awards, Byron is committed to critical design and construction assignments that focuses on environmental remediation and affordable housing construction in New Orleans and throughout the Gulf Coast.
Alistair Bramley is a senior industrial designer at Smart Design where he works across categories to create solutions that make users and clients smile. He is inspired by how products and services can combine to form our understanding of the world and how design can intervene to make this better for everyone. Bramley holds multiple patents and design awards and recently exhibited at the St. Etienne Design Biennale. He is also a founding member of Smart Design’s Food Lab, which explores the larger cultural and societal aspects of food.
MICHAEL VOEGE (@Getaround) Industrial Design Lead Getaround
Michael Voege is the design lead at Getaround, a peer-to-peer car rental marketplace. Before Getaround he was the director of industrial design at Cooper, where he worked with clients on convergent design and strategy focused programs. Prior to Cooper he held multiple design leadership positions at frog design in California and Texas. During his 14-year career, Voege received 11 industry awards for his product design programs both in the traditional industrial design and convergent programs collaborating with interaction and visual design disciplines. He has worked on consumer products, software user interfaces, automotive interiors, furniture, medical and industrial equipment, among others. He was educated at ArtCenter College of Design in Switzerland and in the US, where he studied transportation and industrial design.
Sam Zaid is an engineer and entrepreneur. He is founder and CEO at Getaround, the leading marketplace for peer-to-peer car rentals that recently won TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2011. Before Getaround, Zaid founded Apption, an enterprise software consultancy, and Gazaro, a retail price intelligence platform. He is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, a Microsoft Code Award winner and a Google Scholarship recipient. He studied engineering and physics at Queen's University and is a graduate of the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program.
Chris Streng is the founder and director of Streng, an award-winning design firm located in Chicago and New York City. Internationally recognized, the firm demonstrates a diversity in expertise and mediums including product design, brand strategy and development, experiential design, anthropology and packaging. Streng’s extensive knowledge has allowed him to make significant contributions to consumer goods, fashion, housewares and emerging technologies for clients such as KitchenAid, Procter & Gamble, Kohler, Cappellini and Motorola. His work has been exhibited internationally in Japan, Seoul, Shanghai, London and Milan, and he also led the Smithsonian's first National Design Triennial. He’s won many awards from competitions including IDEA®, Good Design, Red Dot and SPARK. Streng studied industrial design at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, anthropology and human geography at Marquette University and architecture and product design at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. He sits on the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Design Council and runs the blog CreativeReuse.com.
An executive creative director at frog, Max Burton’s career spans 22 years working in product design, interaction and experience design. Burton has focused much of his recent career on delivering new consumer products enabled by emerging technologies. He has a master’s in industrial design from the Royal College of Art in London and a bachelor’s in industrial design from Manchester Metropolitan University. Burton’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Design Museum in London, the Cooper Hewitt in New York and the Chicago Athenaeum. His work has received numerous IDEA design awards, and he holds 16 utility patents and over 30 design patents. He is a fellow of the Charted Society of Designers in the UK.
ADAM KUMPF (@adamkumpf) Physical Prototyper Teague
Adam Kumpf plays a fundamental role at Teague as a physical prototyper, combining his passion for making things with his technical expertise to prototype and explore experimental user interfaces, forms and functionality. His unique approach blends software and circuitry with fast form giving, all of which he shares and discusses with designers, developers, hackers and online communities whenever possible. Previously Kumpf attended MIT where he conducted research with Rodney Brooks in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He also worked closely with Hiroshi Ishii in the Media Lab on Trackmate, an open source, do-it-yourself tangible user interface. From MIT, he earned a bachelor’s and two master’s in electrical engineering, computer science, and media arts and sciences.
As an interaction designer at Teague, Matt Wolfe continues to pursue his passion for problem solving, tinkering and board games. An avid proponent for agile design, he believes that ambiguous design problems can be resolved through rapid, focused iteration. To support this notion, he continues to look for and create ways to remove barriers between design and implementation. At Teague, he makes use of his background in small business and his mad Illustrator™ skills to deliver compelling, business-ready solutions. He achieves all this by using his liberal arts knowledge impressed on him by the Jesuits at Seattle University, where he majored in fine arts. In his spare time he is a professional darts player.
DANA RAGOUZEOS Senior Designer and Researcher Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation
Dana Ragouzeos is a senior designer and researcher at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. She works with an interdisciplinary team embedded in the clinic to design products, processes and services for people who provide, receive and facilitate health care. Before working at Mayo, Ragouzeos worked internationally in the fields of architectural and product design. She’s been fortunate to work in truly diverse teams and appreciates the rigor and empathy necessary to work across disciplines to design truly sustainable solutions. She studied architecture and urbanism at Smith College and product design at California College of the Arts. Her passion for working as a designer embedded within health care began with her graduate work designing interactive support tools for caregivers of dementia patients.
Travis Lontz worked as a mechanical engineer for 10 years in the field of product design and produced multiple designs that were efficient, manufacturable, but unfortunately “beauty challenged.” A desire to improve the appearance and user considerations of his concepts prompted him to return to school to learn the principals of form and procedures for ethnography. Two years of long hours allowed him to take care of his family while earning two degrees. Lontz recently graduated from Auburn University with a master’s degree in industrial design. His thesis work involved the exploration of DIY and design.