Pieter Jan Stappers is chair of Design Techniques at Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. His research and teaching focus on the connections between research and design, such as techniques for user participation (contextmapping), and the role of doing design as a part of doing research (research through design). His key areas of interest include perception, creativity, visualisation, empathy, systems thinking, and prototyping.
He has directed the MSc program, Design for Interaction, and is currently director of Graduate School and Research of the Faculty at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. Pieter holds a Master’s degree in Experimental Physics and Informatics from Radboud University and a Ph.D. from the Delft University of Technology.
Matt Ward is the Head of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he has worked for over 15 years. His work engages in a wide range of subjects from speculative design to radical pedagogy. He is a practicing designer, writer and all-round enthusiastic amateur generalist.
He directed Undergraduate studies at Goldsmiths (the BA Design; ranked the number 1 programme in the UK) for over a decade and has held numerous External Examiner roles, including Design Products at the Royal College of Arts (RCA) and Graphic Media Design at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London.
Matt holds international patents on the work he did at NCR’s Advanced Research Lab on the emerging contexts of the Internet of Things and Urban Computing. He has been a research affiliate to MIT Media Lab and Interaction Design at The RCA and has consulted for a range of organisations; such as Nokia, BBC and the Design Council, United Kingdom.
He lectures internationally about design, technology and education, and writes a blog [http://sb129.com/] and takes a lot of photographs [www.flickr.com/mattward].
Lucienne Blessing is the Co-director of the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre and Professor in the Engineering and Product Development Pillar at Singapore University of Technology and Design.
Lucienne has held positions at the University of Luxembourg (Vice-president Research, Prof Engineering Design and Methodology), University of the Greater Region (interim Director), Technical University of Berlin (Prof Engineering Design and Methodology, Vice-president Research and International Relations), Cambridge University Engineering Design Centre (Senior Research Associate, Associate Director) and at the University of Twente (Lecturer).
So far, Lucienne has graduated 30 PhD students and has authored over 180 peer-reviewed publications. She is a former Editor-in-Chief (Europe) of Research in Engineering Design (Springer), as well as co-founder and board member of the Design Society.
Her research areas include Empirical studies into the design process, Design methodologies and methods; Product service systems; User experience, product meaning; Design research methodology, Design Theory and transdisciplinarity.
Loh Chin Ee is Assistant Professor of the English Language and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her current research focuses on reading, equity and the design of school library spaces for effective reading and learning.
She has authored several publications, including The Space and Practice of Reading: A Case Study of Reading and Social Class in Singapore (Routledge, 2017) and Literature Education in the Asia-Pacific: Policies, Practices and Perspectives in Global Times (Co-Editor, Routledge, 2018). She is also a Book Review Editor of Pedagogies: An International Journal.
More details and resources on reading, school libraries and design can be found on the project website: https://www.readingculturesg.org.
Dominique Sciamma is the Director and Dean of Strate School of Design, Paris, France. Before becoming Strate’s Director in 2013, Dominique set up its R&D lab in 2010. He created the “Interactive Systems and Objects” department in 2007 and created its Multimedia Department in 1998.
As a software designer, he authored Rexpublisher (1999), a CMS tool, and the A.I language XILOG (1986). He directed the newspaper La Tribune’s digital strategy as its Electronic Editor. As a Marketing manager, he defined EDS France’s Multimedia strategy, after creating a consultancy team devoted to “very complex” problem solving.
He has 12 years of work experience at Bull, a French Computer company. During this time, he also worked in Singapore as an AI expert, heading the Bull Far East AI Department for two years. Dominique holds a Master’s degree in Computer Sciences and a Bachelor with Honours in Mathematics.
Pee Suat Hoon is currently a Project Director and Principal Academic Mentor at Singapore Polytechnic. Suat Hoon loves to explore new teaching and learning methods for promoting creativity and innovation among students.
Her exploration and experimentation have helped initiate CDIO (conceive-design-implement-operate) and design thinking as an innovative way to inculcate design into the curriculum at Singapore Polytechnic.
In recent years, Suat Hoon has spent concerted effort to understand how creative ideas are produced and has recently passed her Ph.D. thesis “Inside the Creative Leap”.
Suat Hoon holds a Master’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Design, Chicago. She is trained in the field of electrical and electronics engineering and specialises in control and instrumentation.
Cassandra Foo Li Ming is currently the Head of Department Aesthetics at Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, overseeing the Social innovation efforts at Cedar through the design thinking process. An educator with 16 years of experience, Cassandra has spearheaded many initiatives that bring out not only the creative thinker in the child but the empathetic value that is central to the actions of her students.
Cassandra has been instrumental in the launch of Cedar as the Centre for Social Innovation in 2017. She is also working on the introduction of DSA (Social Innovation), the first of its kind among Singapore schools, targeting at Primary 6 students who have shown a keen interest in creating user-centric solutions for the community that they serve.
With the introduction of these initiatives, Cassandra hopes to inspire and create greater opportunities for students and teachers to work together and instill in our young the mindset and disposition towards innovative practices for social causes.
Nah Hong Leong is the Head of Department for Research, Innovation and Design (RID) at the Commonwealth Secondary School, Singapore. He currently leads the school in the planning and implementation of Maker Education and Design Thinking for teachers in the school curriculum.
He has provided professional development in Design Thinking for teachers as part of the school innovation protocol. He believes that Making and Design Thinking can help to foster creativity among our students, deepen their understanding on empathy, and enhance their ability to devise user-centeredness solutions.
Daniel Soh is the subject head of Chemistry, and co-chairperson of the Social Innovation Committee at Cedar Girls' Secondary School, Singapore. His area of interest in design education includes the effective and authentic incorporation of Design Thinking into different subjects across the school core curriculum.
Having gained inspiration from partners in design education across the world, Daniel currently organises Design Thinking workshops targeted for secondary school students and has experience in training Singapore educators on Design Thinking.
Daniel is currently leading a research project investigating the effectiveness of assessment strategies in Design Thinking for secondary school students.
Together with his committee, Daniel supports educators in mentoring student groups to bring about social innovation in the local community, in areas including the building of inclusive societies, and creating environmental awareness.
Arlindo is an Associate Professor in the Engineering Product Development Pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He is the Director of the NAMIC (National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster) hub at SUTD, liaising Singaporean companies with SUTD’s expertise in Additive Manufacturing and Composites Technologies. He currently teaches Introduction to Design at SUTD, and develops his research between the SUTD-MIT International Design Center, where he co-leads the Experimental Design Thrust, and DManD(Digital Manufacturing and Design. Arlindo holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and has more than 25 years of teaching and research experience. His research interests rest on engineering design, product development, creativity, materials selection methodologies and management of uncertainty in design. Arlindo has published over a hundred and twenty academic papers, more than 50 patents and three books in engineering related topics.