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CURRENT SPEAKERS

First DGN Design Jam… Invitation only…

PAST SPEAKERS

Western Washington University

Sean Schmidt

Lifestyle Ambassador and Co-founder

Sustainable Style Foundation

Sean is the Lifestyle Ambassador and Co-founder of SSF. Sean learned his first lessons in respecting people and the environment from his grandmother, Rosie, while growing up on a small family farm in Nebraska. As the son of a zoological park administrator, Sean learned first-hand the art and science of preserving biological and cultural diversity from an early age. [...]

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Adam Richardson

Strategy Director

frog design

Adam is responsible for overseeing many of frog's strategy engagements for product, digital and brand clients. He combines a background in industrial design, interaction design, and sociology and has a broad range of experience in both consulting and corporate settings. Clients have included DaimlerChrysler, HP, Microsoft, Motorola, Oral-B, Sun Microsystems, Vodafone, and Yahoo. [...]

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Sophia Wang Traweek

Co-founder

o2 Cascadia

Sophia is an environmental consultant with WSP Environment & Energy. She works with clients on sustainability issues related to their products and carbon footprint. Educated as an engineer and designer, her green design training began at IDEO and continued at Apple. She is also the co-founder of two chapters of o2, an international network of designers dedicated to sustainable design.

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Arunas Oslapas

Program Coordinator / Associate Professor

Western Washington University

Arunas Oslapas spends most of his academic months experimenting and learning design principles with his passionate university students as they collectively attempt to understand the profession of industrial design and sustainability. In the summer he weaves recycled metal baskets which he sells at fine art shows and galleries throughout the northwest. [...]

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Marc Stoiber

Founder

Change

Marc Stoiber has been building brands for 20 years.

He began his career as a copywriter at Grey Hong Kong. After this, he moved to BBDO Germany, then helped launch an ad agency in Calgary, Canada.

He joined Palmer Jarvis Vancouver in 1996. In Stoiber's 5 years at the agency, it won Canadian Agency Of The Year 4 times. [...]

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The Art Institute of Portland

Phil Berry

President

Sustainable Product Works, LLC

Phil Berry runs Sustainable Product Works, LLC. The foundation of SPW is Phil’s 25 years working to improve business performance and environmental performance. The goal of the work is to help clients create meaningful innovations, better designs for products and services, and improved supply chains.

From 1999 through 2007, Phil was Director of Footwear Sustainability at Nike. [...]

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Richard Whitehall

Director of Industrial Design

Smart Design

Richard’s diverse background and multi-disciplinary perspective help Smart Design fuse innovative Engineering, Industrial Design and Research to produce breakthrough products for high profile clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Imation, and OXO. He is part of Smart Design’s sustainable design task force and helps lead the Industrial Design practice from the New York office. [...]

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Debbie Driscoll

Sustainability Group Account Director

Ziba

Debbie Driscoll works with a variety of multi-disciplinary projects with clients such as Citi, PGE, and Proctor & Gamble.

Prior to Ziba, Debbie worked for Fiori Product Development as a Researcher, Product Design Engineer and Eco-Designer. Debbie also served as a member of Lawrence Berkeley Lab’s award-winning Lighting Research Group, [...]

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Peter Kallen

Men's Products Design Director

Nau

Peter received his bachelor’s degree in apparel design from Bassist College (now AiA) in 1986 and was hired by Nike to design their ACG and Aqua Gear lines. In 1994, he left to start a snowboard brand which he sold before setting out to create his own brand, ‘Peter Kallen,’ available only in Japan. [...]

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Andrew Personette

Executive Director

EcoSystems

Andrew has designed contract furniture, high end men’s fashion, show rooms and store interiors for Jhane Barnes Inc., a multidisciplinary design firm. His background in the furniture industry and focus on social and environmental responsibility are what spurred the creation of EcoSystems. As the Executive Director of EcoSystems Andrew blazes the trail toward a waste free future with simple frameworks for planet friendly products.

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California College of the Arts

Sam Grawe

Editor-in-Chief

Dwell

Sam Grawe is the Editor-in-Chief of Dwell. He started at the magazine in October 2000 as the editorial assistant and currently holds the staff record for most title changes. Sam is also a contributing photographer for the magazine. Prior to Dwell, Sam worked for The Burdick Group. [...]

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Yves Béhar

Founder

fuseproject

Yves Béhar is the founder of the San Francisco design studio, fuseproject. Yves is focused on humanistic design and the “giving” element of his profession, with the goal of creating projects that are deeply in-tune with the needs of a sustainable future, connected with human emotions and enable self-expression. [...]

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Dawn Danby

Sustainable Design Consultant

Autodesk

Dawn Danby is an interdisciplinary designer and sustainability consultant. For nearly a decade, Dawn has been tracking the emerging field of sustainable design, working with green builders and ecological land planners, product developers, public artists and engineers. [...]

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Bob Adams

Sustainability Lead

IDEO

Bob Adams is focused on the intersection of design and sustainability at IDEO. Trained in mechanical engineering, product design, and agronomy, Bob has been working on the integration of the design process with principles of sustainable development since 2000, when he joined The Natural Step to develop their Sustainable Design Services Initiative. [...]

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Ken Wood

Creative Director

Lunar

Ken is a co-founding employee and creative director of industrial design at Lunar Design. He was key in helping develop many early innovative products for Apple Computer, including Apple’s first compact laptop, the pioneering PowerBook 100. And he has been directly responsible for leading Lunar’s long-term relationship with Hewlett Packard’s Home Products Division, maker of the market-leading Pavilion and Compaq lines of personal computers. [...]

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California State University, Long Beach

Rob Curedale

Founder

Curedale Design

Rob Curedale was born in Australia and worked as a designer, design manager and design educator in London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Switzerland, Detroit, Silicon Valley and currently as a design consultant in LA.

For more than 25 years, Curedale managed the development of hundreds of products including furniture, medical, technology, automotive, and consumer for companies [...]

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Heidrun Mumper-Drumm

Graphic Designer; Adjunct Associate Professor

Art Center College of Design

A graphic designer and letterpress printer, Heidrun Mumper-Drumm serves as adjunct associate professor in the Graphic Design and Liberal Arts & Sciences departments at Art Center College of Design. Her design practice includes identity systems, marketing materials and books. [...]

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Sara Louise Todd

Senior Design Analyst

frog design

Sara is a leader in user-centered research and interaction design, as well as an educator on how behavioral changes and design can positively impact on our environment. She has over twelve years of experience designing web/software interfaces and architecting systems for clients such as Packard Foundation, Sprint and Polycom.

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Nathan VanHook

Art Director

Body Glove Wetsuits

The passion I have for creating art and design work as well as creating change has taken me on a career path from student, to teacher, to designer and artist, to a mentor and director where I currently work at Body Glove Wetsuits as the Senior Wetsuit Designer and Art Director. [...]

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Jorden Segraves

Principal

Jorden Segraves Architect: Inc.

Jorden Segraves is a LEED Accredited Profession, NCARB Certified Licensed architect in the State of California and Nevada. He is a founding board member and current Chair of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) – Orange County Chapter and elected Chair for the USGBC - Pacific Coast Region (PRC). [...]

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Pratt Institute | Materials

Dan Rubinstein

Articles Editor

Surface Magazine

Dan Rubinstein is the articles editor at Surface magazine, where he covers everything from furniture and fashion to architecture and art. Previously, he was the editorial associate for design at Condé Nast's House & Garden and over the past decade has contributed to numerous publications, including The New York Times' T Magazine, Out, O at Home, Slate.com, Architectural Record, and others.

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Paul S. Mankiewicz, Ph.D.

Executive Director

The Gaia Institute

Dr. Paul S. Mankiewicz, Executive Director of the Gaia Institute, received his Ph.D. from City University of New York/New York Botanical Garden Joint Program in Plant Sciences. He holds patents on a modular composting system and an ultralightweight green roof soil. Past president of the Torrey Botanical Society & boardmember of the NYC Soil & Water Conservation District. The Gaia Institute is presently completing the first greywater treatment green roof in NYC.

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Jason Salfi

Co Founder and President

Comet Skateboards

Jason graduated from Cornell with a degree in Natural Resource Mgmt. in 1992.  Salfi has consulted with several companies on sustainable business strategy and ran a program that nurtures progressive youth activism.  "The future is finding right the number of movements in a day, mastering the speed at which they occur and improving the quality of our interactions with each other and the world around us". 

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Dr. Andrew Dent

Vice President, Library & Materials Research

Material ConneXion

Dr. Andrew Dent plays a key role in the expansion of Material ConneXion’s technical knowledge base. His primary function is to direct research into innovative products and processes for the global materials consultancy. His research directs the implementation of consulting projects and the selection of the more than 50-60 new materials juried into Material ConneXion’s Materials Library monthly. [...]

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Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Partner

Terreform 1

Mitchell Joachim, earned; Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, M.Arch. Columbia University, BPS SUNY at Buffalo with Honors. He is a Co-Founder and Partner at the design collaborative Terrefuge. Currently he is faculty at Columbia University and Parsons. [...]

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Fashion Institute of Technology | Waste

Andrew Personette

Managing Partner, NYC

DMD Green

Andrew entered the professional design arena in 2001 working for Jhane Barnes in NYC. He collaborated with Jhane on a contract furniture collection for Bernhardt that won a Good Design Silver award at NeoCon in 2004. He is the Co-founder and Executive Director of EcoSystems since 2007 where he has cultivated a deeper understanding of what it takes to make market and sell truly sustainable products. [...]

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Tiffany Threadgould

Chief Design Junkie

TerraCycle

Tiffany Threadgould is the Chief Design Junkie at TerraCycle (terracycle.net) where she designs new products out of garbage. TerraCycle has pioneered the method of collecting millions of pounds of garbage and turning it into market-leading products sold at hundreds of retail stores. Disposable plastic bags become reusable totes, used wine barrels become rain barrels and much more.

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Parsons, New School of Design | Energy

Susan S. Szenasy

Editor in Chief

METROPOLIS

Susan S. Szenasy is Editor in Chief of METROPOLIS, the award-winning New York City-based magazine of architecture, culture, and design. Since 1986 she has lead the magazine through years of landmark design journalism, achieving domestic and international recognition. She is internationally recognized as an authority on sustainability and design. [...]

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Anthony O. Pereira

President & CEO

altPOWER

Anthony O. Pereira has more than 14 years of experience in leadership, building renewable energy projects throughout the New York Metropolitan area with some of the leading architectural, engineering and construction management firms in the world. [...]

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Brent Baker

CEO

Tri-State Biodiesel

Brent Baker is the Chief Executive Officer, President, and Founder of New York City based, Tri-State Biodiesel LLC, and its parent company The Sustainable Biodiesel Company. Under Baker's leadership, Tri-State Biodiesel is the first, most well-known and biggest biodiesel brand in New York City, and a national pioneer in urban, sustainable biodiesel. [...]

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Serge Appel, AIA

Associate Partner

Cook+Fox Architects

Serge Appel joined Cook+Fox in 1996 and since then has helped shape a small architectural practice into a thriving studio of 65 people. He works closely with the firm’s founding partners and has played a key role in many of the firm’s major projects. He was named an Associate in 1999 and a Senior Associate in 2006. In 2007 he was named Associate Partner. [...]

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Stephan von Muehlen

Design Director and co-founder

EnergyHub

EnergyHub is a Brooklyn-based startup building home energy monitoring and control systems to help people reduce the amount of electricity they use and provide a human interface to the 'Smart Grid'. Prior to founding EnergyHub, Stephan worked for Honeybee Robotics in the Technology Development group developing advanced R&D concepts for NASA and other government agencies. [...]

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