DEC Fellows

The DEC Fellows program invites experts in the fields of design, engineering and business to conduct a series of focused workshops relating to core DEC concepts. Thought-leaders from industry and academia draw on their wealth of knowledge and experience to enhance the College’s curriculum and give students and faculty fresh perspectives on some of today’s real-world challenges.

The DEC Fellows emphasize skills that are integral to the DEC curriculum: creative thinking, ideation, brainstorming, teamwork and collaboration. In addition to working directly with students, DEC Fellows host workshops to help faculty to teach in ways that cultivate this type of creative culture in the classroom.

DEC Fellows

BowesJeremy Bowes is a tenured Professor in Design at OCAD University, and teaches in the Environmental Design program and the Strategic Foresight and Innovation graduate program. He has 35 years of experience as an interior and architectural designer. He has operated his own design office since 1987, and has pursued a variety of design work from film and television studios, interior and architectural design, to exhibit and furniture design. His current practice encompasses residential design; small urban infill, cottage and rural residential projects, with a focus on new sustainable methods, constructional systems and materials. Bowes has served in numerous administrative capacities, most recently as an assistant dean in the faculty of design, and as a chair of the Environmental Design program. He is also a course leader in the Strategic Foresight and innovation Masters of design graduate program, and an advisor to Slab.

His research centers around sustainable living design approaches for habitat dwellings, building on past architectural housing experience, and systems design background. Key areas of research are minimal residential habitat design, sustainable prefabrication, material constructional system methods, and integrated living systems within architectural, urban and rural ecologies.

BradfordKipp Bradford is passionate about the Maker movement and is the founder of Maker Faire RI and online editor for Make Magazine. Since its founding, Bradford has been an active leader in the Better World By Design Conference. He is currently a faculty member in engineering at Brown University where he teaches social entrepreneurship and senior design studios in their integrated program: Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship. Previously Bradford was chief technology officer at Bionica, a hearing aid company he founded; chief scientist at Q-Labs, a dental diagnostic firm that performed mechanical-failure analysis of dental implants; and vice president of engineering at Providence-based Design Lab Inc., an industrial-design firm and an incubator for start-up companies. Bradford has a degree in biomedical engineering from Brown University. To read more about Kipp Bradford an Sarah Rottenbergs's visit, click here.

DiCarloLisa Di Carlo is an applied cultural anthropologist and linguist with a passion for exploring the ripple effects of social innovation. An alumna of Brown and Fulbright Hays Fellow, she has held faculty positions in the Entrepreneurship Division at Babson College, served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Clark University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and is currently at Brown University as faculty in the Sociology Department and in the Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations program to teach courses in social innovation and qualitative, ethnographic and design research methods.

She writes about migration, identity and social innovation and has been conducting fieldwork in the US, Europe and Turkey for 20 years. She is the founder of The Field School for Social Innovation, which will launch in Turkey in July 2012.

In RI, Lisa serves on the boards of several local social ventures and is also the ethnographic adviser to Leadership RI’s Central Falls initiative. She divides her time between Pawtucket, RI and Istanbul, Turkey.

DirestaEllen Di Resta is currently translating market insight into a breakthrough offering in diabetes care for Becton Dickinson. In this role, she is incorporating new methods for product development through Worldwide Strategic Marketing, and introducing new theories and methods for incorporating innovation throughout the organization. Di Resta is also the founder of Synaptics Group, Inc., where she continues to apply broad industry experience to teaching and writing venues.

Previously, Di Resta was managing principal at Design Continuum, where she managed a variety of client relationships for companies such as LL Bean, Motorola, Groupe Danone, TetraPak, The Center for Creative Leadership and Procter & Gamble. One example of her product strategy work is in the building of Proctor & Gamble’s Pamper Cruisers line from a $1 billion to a $6 billion product line. Her other previous experiences include project engineering for C.R. Bard, a medical device company and independent consultant work for companies like Gillete and Hewlett Packard’s medical division.

Di Resta earned her BS in Packaging Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, an M.S. in graphic design and marketing from the University of North Texas, and an MBA from Boston University. She is an adjunct faculty member at Boston University. Contact her at or 617.513.3575.

Harfoush Nabil Harfoush is Senior Fellow at the Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) and graduate faculty at the MDes Strategic Foresight & Innovation program at OCAD University. He provides consulting services through his practice Manara International. Harfoush is a contributor the best-selling Business Model Generation book. He has over 35 years of experience as an engineer, entrepreneur, and executive. He held senior executive positions in the information industries, including CIO & VP Corporate Development at HelpCaster Technologies, CIO & SVP, MedcomSoft Inc, and CIO, Nightingale Informatix Inc. He has consulted extensively for governments, enterprises, and international organizations including the World Bank, UNESCO and IDRC. He holds a PhD in Digital Data Communications from Germany.

LinYvonne Lin is an Associate Director at Smart Design and is one of the founding members of the Femme Den. Her area of expertise is considering gender in developing unique and functional solutions to complex design problems. She has a BA in Visual Art and a BA in Engineering from Brown University. She is the inventor on more than twenty patents and has designed products for companies like Nike, Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett-Packard, Lego, Pyrex, Microsoft, and Under Armour. She also spends a lot of time skiing, rock climbing, traveling super economy class, and putzing around her apartment making small art projects.

The Femme Den is here to save good women from bad products. They started as an underground collective of international women at Smart Design, searching for answers in a world that was not designed for them. They've now grown into a leading team of design researchers, industrial designers, and engineers who are paving the way for a deeper understanding around design and gender. They speak around the world on the topic, working to stimulate positive change in the design and business communities. To read more about Yvonne Lin and Tara Marchionne's recent visit to campus, click here.

MarchionnaTara Marchionna is a product design freelancer, specializing in research, user-centric design, and manufacturing. She brings a knowledge of engineering and aesthetics and an ability to strategize with clients to create products that are useful and meaningful to consumers. As a design engineer at the consultancy Smart Design, she was part of a world class team creating products for global companies. Clients included Under Armor, Pyrex, Sally Hanson, and OXO, among others.

Prior to Smart Design, she worked for Pratt and Whitney designing jet engine parts for military aircraft. She earned a BA in Industrial Design and a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. In her down time, she enjoys throwing elaborate dinner parties, reading, and running her local CSA. She recently started her own craft business, mockturtledove, in an attempt to make fiber arts cool and bring it into the 21st century. To read more about Yvonne Lin and Tara Marchionne's recent visit to campus, click here.

MolanderErik Molander is the managing director of Mentor Capital Partners Inc., an investment banking and management consulting firm. Molander and his partners focus on serving clients high in technology, consumer electronics, marketing services and media services, which are currently in the commercialization stage of development.

Prior to founding Mentor Capital, Molander was a consultant with top tier management consulting firms and acted as the Director of Information Industrial practice for Adventis, Inc. and Practice Leader of the Global Industrials Practice for the Mitchell Madison Group (marchFIRST). Before entering consulting, he held top positions at transportation companies CSX Intermodal and CSX Transportation having starting his career at McCormick & Co., the global leader in spices, extracts and specialty foods.

Today Molander is also an executive-in-residence in the Strategy and Innovation Department at Boston University’s School of Management and has held faculty positions at the Johns Hopkins University, Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management and the University of New Hampshire. He holds a B.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. in international finance from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a certificate in diplomacy from the Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center (Italy).

RottenbergSarah Rottenberg is a directing associate at Jump Associates and co-leads the New York office. An experienced innovation coach and business strategist, she regularly writes and speaks about how organizations can create new experiences for their customers that increase top-line growth. Rottenberg guides teams to desired outcomes by facilitating them through the learning process and shaping deliverables to maximize organizational impact. She is also a part-time lecturer in the Integrated Product Development program at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Jump, Rottenberg worked as a Research Manager at Doblin Group (now part of Monitor), a strategic planning firm in Chicago. She has a Master of Science in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University. Prior to her career in consulting, Rottenberg worked as an assistant to the cultural attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C.  To read more about Kipp Bradford an Sarah Rottenbergs's visit, click here.