Brook Kennedy will give a public lecture about his industrial design career on Monday, January 29 at 5:00 PM in room 200 Riley Hall.
Brook Kennedy is currently associate professor of industrial design at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, popularly known as Virginia Tech. He has a professional background in human centered design and ergonomics, and his recent research interest is in aging, health, and sustainability. After spending 12 years in an award-winning career in product design consulting, most recently in New York City as an Associate Director of Industrial Design at Smart Design, Professor Kennedy has spent the last 5 years teaching in Virginia Tech’s well regarded College of Architecture and Urban Studies. While working in New York, he served as a visiting professor at the New School and Pratt Institute. His externally-funded research has been published widely on related topics of sustainable materials, design process and research, including a 3d Printing method for which Virginia Tech recently filed an international utility patent application.
Kennedy earned an MFA from Stanford University in Design where he was a TA for David Kelley, the renowned thought leader behind Human Centered Design and co-founder of IDEO and the d.School. Kennedy also holds a BA in Art and Art History from Reed College.