Students are the heart of our team. With over 600 students in our network from over 60 different majors, Design for America believes interdisciplinary collaboration is key to innovation and effective problem solving. We bring together a broad spectrum of students from different majors ranging from biology, engineering, psychology, anthropology, physics, policy, design and beyond to lead the way in using design to create local and social change.
Faculty Founder & Staff
Hannah Chung, → As a DFA co-founder and advisor, Hannah is a doodler, tinkerer, and a creative problemsolver. Living both in US and South Korea, Hannah loves meeting new people and learning different cultures. Sheis passionate in building confidence in people through design, and in exploring different communication methods to show the bigger picture and inspire others.
Aaron Horowitz → Aaron is a maker; from sculptures to business,he is fascinated with the process of taking an idea from concept to reality. In his time at Northwestern, he has cultivated a curiosity for the way in which we interact with our surroundings,fueling his passion in design and driving a desire to take a deep dive into the problems which face our world.
Jeanne Marie Olson → Jeanne is a consultant, researcher and designer who has worked for 20+ years at the crossroads of design thinking, learning strategy, and organizational systems change for global corporations and local not-for-profits. She is a faculty member of the graduate program in Learning & Organizational Change in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern, and is a lecturer for the Segal Design Institute. Learn more about Jeanne here.
Paul Gudonis → Paul brings 25 years of leadership experience in the information technology and communications industries, as well as a consistent commitment to improving the impact of technology and education in our society. FIRST, President. Launched the country’s first cell phone company at Ameritech Mobile; Chairman and CEO of Genuity, Inc., President and CEO of Centra Software, Inc. Expertise: pioneer inwireless, internet, and eLearning software and services.
Dr. Bruce Ankenman → As the Director of Undergraduate Programs at the Segal Design Institute Bruce is the institutional liason between DFA and Northwestern. He has recently been working on design of simulation experiments for discrete event simulation models. He is primarily interested in statistical tools of experimental design and analysis such as factorial and fractional factorial experiments, response surface methodology, and model building.
Julio M. Ottino → Professor Ottino is the dean of the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Northwestern University where he holds the titles of Distinguished Robert R. McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Born in Argentina, he had a career as an artist before he moved to the U.S. for his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota.
Yuri Frank Maxwell Malina → As a DFA Co-founder, Yuri is many things, a rocket scientist, plant biologist, design activist, but most of all, he is an eternal optimist. Born in France, educated in the United States, Yuri has spent his life exposed to different European and American peoples and cultures, and as a result truly feels part of one human family. Through Design for America, and his many projects Yuri’s passion is taking on the greatest challenges facing our species.
Mert Hilmi Iseri → As a DFA