CV

Elizabeth Gerber
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Communication Studies
Northwestern University
2133 Sheridan Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
egerber.mech.northwestern.edu
delta.northwestern.edu
egerber@northwestern.edu

Academic Employment

  • Allen K. and Johnnie Cordell Breed Junior Professor of Design, Northwestern University in departments of:
  • Segal Design Institute (School of Engineering)
  • Mechanical Engineering (School of Engineering)
  • Technology and Social Behavior (School of Communications)
  • Industrial Engineering & Management Science (School of Engineering) by courtesy
  • Management & Organizations (School of Management), by courtesy
  • Learning Sciences (School of Education & Social Policy), by courtesy
  • Founder, Design for America, 2008-present
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Stanford University, 2007-2008

Education

  • Ph.D., Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University
 2003-2007. Advisors: Dr. Robert Sutton, Dr. Chip Heath, & Dr. Pamela Hinds
  • M.S., Joint Program in Product Design, Art and Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University.  Advisors: David Kelley & Rolf Faste, 2001-2003
  • B.A., Studio Art & Engineering, Dartmouth College, 1994-1998

Honors and Distinctions

  • Association for Student Government Academic Honor Roll at Northwestern University, 2014.  Voted by the Northwestern student body for consistently and excitedly enriching the student experience
  • Grace Hopper Celebration Scholarship, 2014. Selected by the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Celebration Committee as a model faculty in computing at the Celebration
  • Core 77 Design Awards: Professional Runner Up: Best Education Initiative, 2014. Design for America Process Guide selected for its iterative development and field tested curriculum for novice designers.
  • IEEE’s Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2014. Chosen for Design for America, her paradigm shifting extracurricular design initiative that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and learning
  • Crain’s 40 under 40 List of Chicago’s Next Generation of Leaders, 2013. Chosen by Crain’s Businessweek as 1 of 40 innovators at the top of their field under 40
  • Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award, 2013. Recognized by Ashoka U for high impact and highly replicable education innovation
  • Public Interest Design Top 100 People, 2012. Acknowledged by Public Internet Design blog as one of 100 advocates, communicators, funders, makers, and others shaping our world
  • Allen K. and Johnnie Cordell Breed Junior Chair in Design, 2012 – present. Appointed as an Endowed Chair in Design in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • OpEd Project’s Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellow, 2012 – 2013. Selected as one of twenty faculty at Northwestern University to dramatically increase the public impact of our nation’s top underrepresented thinkers, and to ensure our ideas help shape the important conversations of our age.
  • Core 77 Notable Professional Award for Design for Social Impact, 2012
  • Design for America recognized for excellence in design for social impact building cohorts, infrastructure, and tools
  • Searle Teaching Fellow at Northwestern University
, 2009
  • Nominated by Department Chair for her potential to contribute to teaching and scholarship at Northwestern
  • Centennial Teaching Assistant Award at Stanford University, 2007
  • Nominated by the School of Engineering and recognized for outstanding contributions to teaching in the Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering at Stanford University

Conference Proceedings (Long Papers)

  1. Hui, J., and Gerber, E. Crowdfunding for Science: Sharing Research with an Extended Audience. in Proceedings of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, ACM Press, 2015 (to appear)
  2. Harburg, E., Hui, J., Gerber, E., and Greenberg, M. Understanding the Effects of Crowdfunding on Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy. in Proceedings of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, ACM Press, 2015 (to appear)
  3. Hui, J., Gerber, E., and Dow, S. Crowd-Based Design Activities: Helping Students to Access Users Online. In Proceedings of Designing Interactive Systems, ACM Press, 2014
  4. Easterday, M. Rees Lewis, D., Fitzpatrick, C., and Gerber, E. Computer Supported Novice Group Critique. In Proceedings of Design of Interactive Systems, ACM Press, 2014
  5. Easterday, M., Rees Lewis, D., and Gerber, E. The Phases of Design Based Research. in Proceedings of the International Conference on Learning Sciences, ISLS Press, 2014 (pdf)
  6. Dontcheva, M., Brandt, J., Morris, R., and Gerber, E. Combining Crowdsourcing and Learning to Improve Engagement and Performance. in Proceedings of Computer Human Interaction, ACM Press, 2014
  7. Greenberg, M. and Gerber, E. Learning to Fail: Experiencing Public Failure Online Through Crowdfunding. in Proceedings of Computer Human Interaction, ACM Press, 2014
  8. Miller, R., Zhang, H., Gilbert, E., and Gerber, E. Pair Research: Matching People for Collaboration, Learning, and Productivity. in Proceedings of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, ACM Press, 2014
  9. Hui, J., Greenberg, M, and Gerber, E. Understanding the Role of Community in Crowdfunding Work. in Proceedings of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, ACM Press, 2014 (*Best Paper Honorable Mention)
  10. Morris, R. Dontcheva, M., Finkelstein, A., and Gerber, E. Affect and Creative Performance on Crowdsourcing Platforms. in Proceedings of Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction Conference, IEEE Press, 2013
  11. Dow, S., Gerber, E., and Wong, A. A Pilot Study of Using Crowds in the Classroom. in Proceedings of Computer Human Interaction, ACM Press, 2013
  12. Kittur, N., Bernstein, M., Nickerson, J., Gerber, E., Shaw, A., Lease, M., Zimmerman, J., and Horton, J. The Future of Crowd Work. in Proceedings of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, ACM Press, 2013
  13. Gerber, E. Tech Break Ups: A Research Tool for Understanding People’s Attachment to Their Technology. in Proceedings of Creativity and Cognition, ACM Press, 2011
  14. Gerber, E. The Psychological Experience of User Observation. in Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, 2011
  15. Lewis, S., Dontcheva, M., and Gerber, E. Affective Computational Priming and Creativity. in Proceedings of Computer Human Interaction, ACM Press, 2011
  16. Gerber, E. Using Improvisation To Enhance the Effectiveness of Brainstorming. in Proceedings of Computer Human Interaction, ACM Press, 2009
  17. Gerber, E. Improvisation Principles and Techniques for Design. in Proceedings of Computer Human Interaction, ACM Press, 2007
  18. Gerber, E., Relations in Design Thinking: A Case Study of a Social Network. in Proceedings of the Academy of Management, Technology and Innovation, Management Division, 2006 *Best Paper Award Nomination
Conference Proceedings (Short Papers)

  1. Hui, J., Gerber, E., and Gergle, D. Understanding and Leveraging Social Networks for Crowdfunding: Opportunities and Challenges in Proceedings of Designing Interactive Systems, ACM Press, 2014
  2. Bao, P., Gerber, E., Gergle, D., and Hoffman D. Momentum: Getting and Staying on Topic During a Brainstorm. in Proceedings of Computer Human Interaction, ACM Press, 2010
  1. Chung, H. and Gerber, E., Emotional-Storyboarding: A Participatory Method for Emotional Designing for Children in Proceedings of the International Conference on Design & Emotion, Design and Emotion Society, 2010

Journal Publications

  1. Gerber, E., and Hui, J. Crowdfunding: Motivations and Deterrents for Participation. Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, Vol. 20 (6), 2014
  2. Gerber, E. and Carroll, M. The Psychological Experience of Prototyping. Design Studies, Vol. 33 (1), 2012
  3. Leonardi, P. Beyene, T. and Gerber, E. How Managers Use Multiple Media: 
Discrepant Events, Power, and Timing in Redundant Communication. Organization Science, Vol. 23 (1), 2012
  4. Gerber, E., Olson, J., and Komarek, R. Extracurricular Design-Based Learning: Preparing Students for Careers in Innovation. International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 28 (2), 2012
  5. Gerber, E. and Kennedy, C. Supporting Creativity in Web-Based Services. International Journal of Design, Vol. 16 (1), 2012
  6. Gerber, E., McKenna, A., Hirsch, P. and Yarnoff, C. Learning to Waste – Wasting to Learn? How to Use Cradle to Cradle Principles to Improve the Teaching of Design. International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 26 (2), 2010

Trade Publications

  1. Gerber, E. Design for America: Organizing for Civic Innovation. ACM Interactions, ACM Press, 2014
  2. Shaw, A., Zhang, H., Monroy-Hernandez, A., Munson, S., Hill, B., Gerber, E., Kinnaird, P., and Minder, P. Computer Supported Cooperative Action. ACM Interactions, ACM Press, 2014
  3. Morris, R., Dontcheva, M., and Gerber, E. Priming for Better Performance in Micro-Task Crowdsourcing Environments. IEEE Internet Computing, IEEE Press, 2012

Under Review

  1. Hui, J., Glenn, A., Dow, S., and Gerber, E. Understanding the Role of Social Capital in Online Help Seeking. under review for The Proceedings of Computer Human Interaction, ACM Press, 2015
  2. Rees Lewis, D., Fitzpatrick C., Easterday, M., and Gerber, E. A Model of Novice Computer Supported Group Critique. under review for The Proceedings of Computer Human Interaction, ACM Press, 2015
  3. Rees Lewis, D., Harburg, E., Easterday, M., and Gerber. E. Scaling Help Seeking Between Professionals and Students. under review for The Proceedings of Learning at Scale, ACM Press, 2015

In Preparation

  1. Greenberg, M. and Gerber, E. Understanding Diversity of Engagement in Crowdfunding, to be submitted to Proceedings of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 2016
  2. Greenberg, M., Gerber, E., and Easterday, M. Critiki: A Scaffolded Approach to Gathering Design Feedback from Paid Crowdworkers. to be submitted to Proceedings of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 2016
  3. Rees Lewis, D., Harburg, E., Easterday, M., and Gerber, E. Coach on Call: Enhancing Help Seeking Interactions Online. to be submitted to Proceedings of Learning at Scale, 2015
  4. Gerber, E., The Future of Collective Innovation. to be submitted to Proceedings of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 2016
  5. Gerber, E., Easterday, M. and Rees Lewis, D. Design Research: A Formal Definition. to be submitted to ACM Communications

Popular Publications

  1. Rodriguez, D. and Gerber, E. Creativity at Work, LinkedIn, 2014 (7,962 views)
  2. Gerber, E., What Entrepreneurs can learn from the Olympic Snowflake, Wall Street Journal, 2014
  3. Gerber, E. STEM Students Must Be Taught to Fail, US News and World Report, 2013
  4. Gerber, E. Does Crowdfunding Failing Some of the Most Promising Entrepreneurs, Huffington Post, 2013
  5. Gerber, E. Why Do People Give to Crowdfunding Sites, NPR Marketplace, 2013 (48,638 views)
  6. Gerber, E. 4 Daily Habits of Game Changing Social Innovators, Forbes.com, 2013 (9,104 views)
  7. Gerber, E., Insights Per Minute: Liz Gerber on Feedback, Design Observer, 2013 (1,561 views)
  8. Gerber, E., Trifecta of Feedback, Design Observer, 2013
  9. Gerber, E. Innovation Self-Efficacy: Fostering Beliefs in Our Ability Through and By Design, Core77, 2011

Book Chapters

  1. Gerber, E. Using Improvisation to Enhance Brainstorming Sessions. Rotman on Design, Martin, R., and Christensen, K. Co-Editors, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Canada, 2013

Organized Workshops

  1. Kim, J., Laseki, W., Siangliulue, P., Zhang, H. and Gerber, E. Human Computation Crowdcamp. AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing, Pittsburgh, PA, 2014 (forthcoming)
  2. Carletti, L., Coughlan, T., Christensen, J., Gerber, E., Giannachi, G., Schutt, S., Sinker, R., Denner dos Santos, C. Structures for Knowledge: Co-Creations Between Organisations and the Public. ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Baltimore, MD, 2014
  3. Andre, P., Bingham, J., Chilton, L., Dontcheva, M., Gerber, E., and Gilbert, E. CrowdCamp: Rapidly Iterating Crowd Ideas. ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, San Antonio, TX, 2013
  4. Andre, P., Bernstein, M., Dontcheva, M., Gerber, E. Kittur, N., and Miller, R. Collective Intelligence Crowdcamp. ACM Conference on Computer Human Interaction, Austin, TX, 2012

Organized Panels

  1. Gerber, E., Muller, M., Wash, R., Irani, L., Churchill, E., and Williams, A.  Crowdfunding: An Emerging Field of Research. ACM Conference on Computer Human Interaction, Toronto, Canada, 2014
  1. Jain, A., Kam, M., Best, M., Gerber, E., and Luk, R. Can you do good and do well? Exploring HCI Careers for Societal Impact.  ACM Conference on Computer Human Interaction, Toronto, Canada, 2014
  1. Bernstein, M., Bright, M., Cutrell, E., Dow, S., Gerber, E., Jain, A., and Kulkarni, A. Micro-volunteering: Helping the Helpers in Development.  ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Baltimore, MD, 2013

Invited Talks

  1. “Organizations and Technology to Empower Collective Innovation,” NYU Stern Business School (upcoming)
  2. “Organizations and Technology to Empower Collective Innovation,” DUB, Human Centered Design and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2014
  3. “Crowds, Computers, and Creativity: The Future of Design,” University of California, Berkeley Design Institute, Berkeley, CA, 2014
  4. “Crowdfunding Creative Work,” Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2013
  5. “The Role of Social Computing in Innovation,” Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, 2013
  6. “Crowds, Computers, and Community: The Future of Design,” University of California, San Diego, CA, 2013
  7. “Crowds, Computers, and Community: Understanding How Innovation Happens,” University of California, Irvine, CA, 2013
  8. “Understanding the Role of Crowdfunding in Innovation,” Penn State, College Station, PA, 2013
  9. “Educating the Next Generation of Social Impact Designers”, National Endowment for the Arts, New Haven, CT, 2013
  10. “Micro-volunteering: Helping the Helpers in Development,” Computer Supported Cooperative Work, San Antonio, TX, 2013
  11. “Crowdsourcing and Innovation,” Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2013
  12. “Design-It-Together: The Role of Crowdsourcing in Innovation, Media, Technology, and Society, Northwestern, Evanston, IL, 2012
  13. “The Design-It-Together Movement,” TedX, University of Chicago, IL, 2012
  14. “The Design-It-Together Movement: The Case of Design for America,” Industrial Designers Society of America, Midwest Conference, Chicago, IL, 2012
  15. “Innovation Self-Efficacy: Changing People’s Beliefs Through and By Design,” School of Design, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA, 2012
  16. “Innovation Self-Efficacy: Changing People’s Beliefs Through and By Design,” Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2012
  17. “Positive Innovation: Helping People Thrive Through and By Design” Segal Design Institute, Northwestern, Evanston, IL, 2011
  18. “Affective Computational Priming” School of Education and Public Policy,” Northwestern, Evanston, IL, 2011
  19. “Technology that Motivates Innovation: Influencing Autonomy, Connectedness, and Competence,” School of Communications, Northwestern, Evanston, IL, 2011
  20. “Technology, Affect, and Creative Problem Solving” Human Computer Interaction Institute Seminar Series, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA, 2011
  21. “Positive Design: Helping People Thrive Through and By Design,” College of Human Ecology, Cornell, Ithaca, IL, 2011
  22. “Positive Design & Innovation,” Colleges of Business and College of Human Ecology, Cornell, Ithaca, NY, 2011
  23. “Technology, Affect, and Creative Problem Solving,” HCI Seminar Series, University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana, IL, 2011
  24. “Using Technology to Motivate Creative Action,” Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Seminar Series, MIT, Cambridge MA, 2011
  25. “Technology that Activates: Priming Emotion and Achieving Goals,” Computer Science Seminar Series, Tufts University, Somerville, MA, 2011
  26. “Using Technology to Motivate Creative Action,”
Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series, MIT, Cambridge MA, 2011
  27. “Using Technology to Motivate Creative Action,”HCI Seminar Series, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2011
  28. “Design for America: Changing People’s Beliefs in Themselves Through and By Design,” CUSP Conference: The Design of Everything, Chicago, IL, 2010
  29. “Design for America: Thinking about Innovation Education Outside of the Box,” Design Chicago, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2010
  30. “Designing for Engagement,” Jones Lecture Series, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2010
  31. “Innovation Processes and Spaces,” Innovator Lecture Series, Management, Learning, and Organizational Change, Northwestern University and Catalyst Ranch, Chicago, IL, 2009
  32. “Devotion to an Innovation Process: The Case of Human Centered Design,” MIT Media Lab, MIT, Cambridge, MA, 2008
  33. “Devotion to an Innovation Process: The Case of Human Centered Design,” Segal Institute of Design, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2008
  34. “Devotion to an Innovation Process: The Case of Human Centered Design,” Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, 2007
  35. “Observation as a Tool for Designing for Extreme Affordability,” Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2007
  36. “Storytelling as a Tool for Design,” Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2006
  37. “Improvisation in Design,” Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2006
  38. “The Birth of a Knowledge Broker,” Department of Engineering, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2006
  39. “Sharing Creative Control” Department of Management Science & Engineering, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2006
  40. “The Unintended Consequences of Management” Department of Engineering, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2005

Selected Press Coverage

  1. How Crowdworkers became the Ghosts in the Digital Machine. The Nation, 2014
  2. Big Kickstarter Campaign Overwhelms Radiate Athletics.  The Wall Street Journal, 2014
  3. It’s Not Nagging: The Power of Persistent Redundant Communication.  Forbes, 2013
  4. The Millennials.  Architect Magazine, 2013
  5. The Unregulated Work of Mechanical Turk.  New York Times, 2013
  6. 40 under 40: Meet Chicago’s Next Generation of Leaders. Crain’s Chicago Business Week, 2013
  7. Scientists Experiment with CrowdfundingPhysics Today, 2013
  8. Engaging Online Crowds in the Classroom Could Be An Important Tool for Teaching Innovation. Communications of the ACM, 2013
  9. Got a Kickstarter Project? This Man Can Predict Within Four Hours If It Will Fail. The Guardian, 2013
  10. Tool Accurately Predicts Whether a Kickstarter Project Will Fail. Popular Science, 2013
  11. Crowdfunding. ABC News, 2012
  12. Crowdfunding. Toronto Star, 2012
  13. Genius Idea: Design that Helps Us Thrive. Oprah Magazine, 2012
  14. Top 100 in Public Interest Design. Public Interest Design, 2012
  15. Best of 2012: Visionaries, Organizations, and Innovations Changing the Way we Learn. Good Magazine, 2012
  16. What Makes a Kickstarter Campaign Successful. Socialtimes.com, 2012
  17. Teaching Entrepreneurs Crowdfunding Strategies. Crowdsourcing.org, 2012
  18. It’s Not Nagging. Why Persistent Redundant Communication Works. Harvard Working Knowledge, 2011
  19. The United States of Design. Fast Company, 2011
  20. Millennials Are the MacGyvers of Business. Harvard Business Review Blog, 2011
  21. Should design be taught as an entrepreneurial skill? Smartplanet.com, 2011
  22. Spotlight on Design. Core77, 
2011

External Grants Awarded

  1. Zhang, H. (PI), Shaw, A. (Co-PI), & Gerber, E. (Co-PI) Sharing Human-powered Mobility to Improve Societal Efficacy and Efficiency. Microsoft Fuse Labs Research Award, 2014-2015 ($35,000)
  2. Gerber, E. (PI) Creating A Crowdfunding Curriculum. National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. 2014-2015 ($12,000)
  3. Gerber, E. (PI) & Dow, S. (Co-PI) Cyberlearning: Engaging Interdisciplinary Students in Innovation Education through Crowd-based Technology. National Science Foundation 2012-2015 ($563,000)
  4. Easterday, M. (PI) & Gerber, E. (Co-PI) Cyberlearning: Digital Lofts: Online Learning Environments for Real-World Innovation. National Science Foundation, 2013-2015 ($540,000)
  5. Gerber, E. (PI), Rees Lewis, D. (Co-PI), Shyrokova, A. (Co-PI), Lesser, J. (Co-PI), Arora, R. (Co-PI), Ma, S. (Co-PI), Nerenberg, S. (Co-PI) Design for America: A Badge Community for Innovation. Hastac Digital Media Learning Grant supported by the MacArthur and Mozilla Foundations, 2012-2013 ($175,000)
  6. Chen, W. (PI), Gatchell, D. (Co-PI), Gerber, E. (Co-PI) TUES Type 2: Collaborative Research: The Institutionalization and Sustainability of Product Archaeology – A National Rollout Plan, National Science Foundation, 2012-2014
  7. Chen, W. (PI) Colgate, E., Norman, D., McKenna, A., Gerber, E. (Co-PI) NSF Workshop on Driving Innovation Through Design: Engineering in the 21st Century, National Science Foundation, 2010-2011 ($25,000)

Internal Grants Awarded

  1. Gerber, E. (PI) Crowdfunding. Northwestern’s Alumnae Curriculum Development Award, 2014-2015 ($15,000)
  2. Gerber, E. (PI) Design for America. Northwestern’s Murphy Society Grant, 2009-2012, ($105,000)
  3. Gerber, E. (PI) Crowdfunding. Allen and Johnnie Breed University Professorship Fund, 2013-2015, ($10,000)
  4. Gerber, E. (PI) Collective Innovation. Northwestern’s New Faculty Start Up Grant, 2008-2013

Proposals Under Review

1. Gerber, E. NSF Career Grant: Advancing Innovation Through Cyber Incubators ($522,372)

Teaching Experience

Segal Institute of Design, Mechanical Engineering, Communication Studies, Northwestern University

  1. DSGN 106: Design Thinking and Communication – Overall Rating of Instruction 5.09/6.0
  2. DSGN 305: Human Centered Service Design  - Overall Rating of Instruction 5.5/6.0
  3. DSGN 401: Human Centered Service Design – Overall Rating of Instruction 3.4/6.0
  4. DSGN 495: Design and Emotion – Overall Rating of Instruction 2.5/6.0
  5. DSGN 495: Business and Design Integration Project  – Overall Rating of Instruction 4.0/6.0
  6. MTS 525: Communication Design – Overall Rating of Instruction 6.0/6.0

Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Stanford University

  1. Executive Education Program on Innovation Leadership
  2. Executive Education Program on Human Centered Innovation
  3. Executive Education Program on Customer Focused Innovation
  4. Business Process Innovation: Treating the Organization as a Prototype
  5. Creating Infectious Action: Integrating Design Thinking and Business
  6. Clicks n’ Bricks: Creating Mass Market Experiences Using Design
  7. Adventures in Design Thinking Graduate School Workshop

Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University

  1. Organizational Behavior
  2. Creativity and Innovation

Joint Program in Design in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

  1. Advanced Product Design: Implementation
  2. Advanced Product Design: Needfinding
  3. Ambidextrous Thinking

Course partners include: Jet Blue, Disney, Fidelity, Walmart, Mozilla, Kohl’s Children’s Museum, Abbott Laboratories, Erie Community Health Center, Kaiser Permanente, Samsung, British Petroleum, and others.

Student Supervision

Ph.D. Thesis Advisor

  1. Emily Harburg, Help-seeking in Online Communities, Technology and Social Behavior, PhD expected in 2018
  2. Daniel Rees Lewis, Case Base Reasoning in Civic Innovation, Learning Sciences, PhD expected in 2018
  3. Julie Hui, A Network Perspective on Crowdfunding, Mechanical Engineering, PhD expected in 2016
  4. Michael Greenberg, Recruitment and Retention in Crowdfunding Communities, Technology and Social Behavior, PhD expected in 2016

Ph.D. Rotation Advisor

To allow Ph.D. students to understand and participate in technological developments in their broadest possible contexts, we encourage students to rotate across labs in Design, Social Sciences, Computer Science.  I regularly serve as a Rotation Advisor in Design.

  1. Gulu Saiyed, Using Social Media to Promote Designer Empathy, Learning Sciences, PhD expected in 2018
  2. Anna Bethune, Leadership Laddering in Civic Innovation, Learning Sciences, PhD expected in 2018
  3. Colin Fitzpatrick, Computer Supported Novice Critique, PhD expected in 2017
  4. Briam Remy, Crowdfunding the University, PhD expected in 2017
  5. Pei-Yi Kuo, Communication in Crowdfunding, PhD expected in 2016
  6. Patti Bao, Sharing Insight Provenance in collaborative visual analytics, PhD completed in 2013 (UX Researcher, Google)
  7. Sheena Lewis, Affective Computational Priming and Creativity, PhD completed in 2013 (Computer Science Faculty, DePaul University)

Master’s Students Projects

  1. Peter Phelan, MS Learning Sciences, 2013 (Researcher, Garibay Group)
  2. Liz Kramer, MS Engineering Design and Innovation, 2013 (Assistant Director of Design, University of Washington in St. Louis)
  3. Rebecca Komarek, MS Learning Sciences, 2010 (PhD candidate, University of Colorado, Boulder)
  4. Ben Schriesheim, MS Engineering Design and Innovation, 2009 (User Experience Designer, Solidworks)
  5. Sarah Hulseman, MS Engineering Design and Innovation, 2009 (Mechanical Design Engineer, Proterra)

Design for America Post Bac Fellows

Post Bac Fellows work full time to build and support Design for America.

  1. Stacy Klingbeil, Fellowship to be completed in 2015
  2. Brandon Rivero-Melo, Fellowship to be completed in 2015
  3. Rob Calvey, Fellowship to be completed in 2015
  4. Julian Bongiorno, Fellowship to be completed in 2015
  5. Giselle Malina, Fellowship completed in 2014 (Medical School Applicant)
  6. Thea Klein, Fellowship completed in 2013 (Fellow, Allegheny Mountain School)
  7. Kayla Matheus, Fellowship completed in 2013 (Senior Associate in Design, SC Johnson)
  8. Yuri Malina, Fellowship completed in 2012 (COO, Swipesense)
  9. Mert Iseri, Fellowship completed in 2012 (CEO, Swipesense)

BA/BS

  1. Sofia Sami, Online Feedback, BA expected in 2014
  2. Hazel Yun, Crowdfunding Platforms, BS expected in 2016
  3. Claire McCloskey, Collaboration in Digital Lofts, BS expected in 2016
  4. Cassie Coravos, Communication in Digital Lofts, BS expected in 2016
  5. Bryan Berger, Social Computing and Innovation, BS expected in 2016
  6. Nicole Chu, Crowdfunding Platforms, BS expected in 2015
  7. Alan Besquin, Crowdfuding for Design, BS, 2014 (Manufacturing & Design Intern, Apple)
  8. Hannah Hudson, Crowds in the Classroom, BS, 2014 (Designer, Intuit)
  9. Amy Laurin, The Role of Crowdfunding in Scientific Research, BS, 2013 (Associate Engineer, General Motors)
  10. Jenny Braunstein, Murphy Scholar, Innovation Support Tools, BA, 2012 (Designer, Intuit)
  11. Lauren Tindal, Motivations for Crowdfunding in Science, BA, 2014 (User Support, Box)
  12. Megan Scherich, Running a Crowdfunding Campaign, BA, 2012 (Engineer, R&D, Care Fusion)
  13. Hannah Chung, Emotional-Storyboarding: A Participatory Method for Emotional Designing for Children, BS, 2011 (CCO, Sproutel)
  14. Molly Lafferty, Effects of Improvisation-based Warm-up Activities on Brainstorming Outcomes in Design Teams, BA, 2010 (Designer, This Also)
  15. Tarresha Pointdexter, The Birth of a Knowledge Broker, BA, 2009 (Account Manager, Google)
  16. David Hoffman, Momentum: Getting and Staying on Topic During a Brainstorm, BA, 2009 (Co-Founder and Head of Product Design, The Next Big Sound)

Honors, Distinctions, Patents, and Grants to Advisees (Selected)

  1. Design for America team, Luna Lights, selected for Health Box Incubator, 2014
  2. The 2014 Good 100: Jerry the Bear, The Grateful Ted, Good Magazine, 2014
  3. The 2014 Good 100: Yuri Malina, Germ Enemy, Good Magazine, 2014
  4. Design for America team wins UIUC Chancellor’s Public Engagement Student Fellowship, 2014
  5. Gulu Saiyad selected as Segal Design Fellow, 2014
  6. Daniel Rees Lewis selected for the Northwestern Advance Cognitive Fellowship, 2014
  7. Emily Harburg selected as NSF Graduate Fellow, 2014
  8. Mert Iseri and Yuri Malina selected as top 20 business leaders in their 20’s by Crain’s Business Week, 2013
  9. Hannah Chung selected by Warren Buffet for top Start Up Pitch, 2014
  10. Design for America’s Swipe Sense as Top 10 WSJ Startup of the Year, 2014
  11. Design for America’s Sammy Lin wins Buick Achievement Scholarship, 2013
  12. Julie Hui and Mike Greenberg selected as NSF Graduate Fellows, 2013
  13. Julie Hui and Mike Greenberg selected as Segal Design Fellows, 2013
  14. Hannah Chung selected as top 15 female tech entrepreneurs to look out for in 2012
  15. Design for America UCLA team wins Johnson and Johnson Be Vital Challenge, 2012
  16. Design for America team wins Open IDEO Award, 2012
  17. Design for America team, Sproutel, selected for Beta Spring, a startup incubator, 
 2011
  18. Design for America team, Swipesense, selected for Health Box, a startup incubator, 
2011
  19. Patent for a Toy for Diabetic Children by Design for America Team, 2011
  20. Semi-finalists of the national Diabetes Mine Challenge for Design for America, 2011
  21. Boeing Company Award for Design for America, 2011
  22. Semi-finalist for the Dell Social Innovation Competition for Design for America, 2011
  23. Patent for a Hand Sanitation Device by Design for America Team, 2010
  24. Sheena Lewis, NSF Graduate Fellowship, 2010
  25. Winner of the Northwestern’s Entrepreneurial Idol Competition for Design for America 2010
  26. Water Health and Development Field Exchange for Design for America, 2010
  27. Northwestern’s Breed Fund for Design for America, 2009
  28. Northwestern’s Initiative for Sustainability and Energy Grant for Design for America, 2009
  29. Winner of the national Diabetes Mine Challenge for Design for America, 2009
  30. Winner of the national Social Designer Challenge for Design for America, 2009

Professional Membership

  1. Association for Computing Machinery
  2. American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  3. Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

Professional Society Service

  1. Communications Chair
  • Collective Intelligence, 2014
  • ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 2015 (co-chair)
  1. Social Impact Co-Chair
  • ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 2016
  1. Workshop Chair
  • AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing, 2014
  1. Program Committees
  • ACM Conference on Computer Human Interaction, 2010, 2011, 2013
  • ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 2014
  • ACM Conference on Design of Interactive Systems, 2014
  • AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing, 2014
  1. Technical Committee
  • Symposium on Crowdfunding, 2013
  1. Scholarly Reviews
  • ACM Conference on Computer Human Interaction, 2008-present
  • ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition, 2009-present
  • ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 2012-present
  • ACM Conference on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST), 2012-present
  • AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP), 2014
  • IEEE Internet Computing, 2012
  • ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 2013 2014
  • Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, 2011
  • International Journal of Design, 2012
  • Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis, and Manufacturing, 2011
  • Journal of Engineering Education, 2010
  • International Journal of Engineering Education, 2009, 2011

Federal, State, City Service

  • Review panel member, National Science Foundation, 2014
  • Robert A. Pritzker Visiting Scientist-Inventor-Engineer, Francis Parker School, Chicago, 2014-2015. Program selects one influential and inspiring person to serve as the Robert A. Pritzker Visiting Scientist-Inventor-Engineer in Residence to help students get even more excited about pursuing STEM related fields. Previous individuals to hold this position included Nobel Prize winning physicist, Leon Lederman, as well as other world renowned individuals such as Paul Sereno, Russell and Christina Mittermeier, Rocky Kolb, and Don Hillebrand
  • Judge, Microsoft Research Design Expo, 2014. Selected as one of three leaders in design along with Microsoft’s Bill Buxton and NYU’s Tom Igoe to judge selective design expo at Microsoft Faculty Summit
  • Judge, Inc.’s Best in Class Design Awards, 2014. Selected as one of seven judges to serve on a panel featuring industry pioneers, successful entrepreneurs, and leading-edge creative thinkers to judge design competition
  • Design and Social Impact Co-Chair, Social Computing Workshop, National Science Foundation, 2013. Selected as one of two thought leaders in design and social impact to identify critical areas for development in the field of social computing
  • Panelist, National Endowment for the Arts, 2013. Selected as one of three thought leaders in design to identify critical areas for development in the field of design and innovation

University Service

Department of Mechanical Engineering

  1. Undergraduate Advisor, 2008 – present
  2. Design Curriculum Committee, 2011-present
  3. Faculty mentor, Murphy Scholars Program, 2012-2013
  4. ABET Evaluation Committee, Design Curriculum, 2011
  5. Michelson Prize Screening Committee, 2013
  6. NAE U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Representative, 2013
  7. NAE U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium Representative, 2011

Department of Communication Studies

  1. Technology and Social Behavior Admissions Committee, 2010-2013

McCormick School of Engineering

  1. Segal Research Council, 2011-present
  2. Engineering Design and Innovation Curriculum Committee, 2008-present
  3. Segal Design Institute Executive Committee, 2008-2010
  4. Segal Lecture Series Organizer, 2008-2013, Co-Organizer 2013-present
  5. Rev Center Project Committee, 2010–2011
  6. NSF Workshop on Design and Innovation Organizing Committee, 2010-2011
  7. Panelist, Women in Computing at Northwestern, 2011

Northwestern University

  1. Faculty mentor, Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) program, 2012
  2. Faculty mentor, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) program, 2012-present
  3. Center for Civic Engagement Committee, 2009-present
  4. OpED Project Thought Leaders Fellows Selection Committee, 2013-2014
  5. Advisor for the SPG, the Graduate Student Improvisation Group, The Graduate School, 2008-present
  6. Advisor for the Ready, Set, Go Program, a program designed to empower researchers with communication skills, The Graduate School, 2011-present