About SCD

Our Mission:

Siebel Center for Design (SCD) is unique among design centers in the United States. Our mission: To practice, model, and teach design thinking, using human-centered design to re-imagine our campus, community, and the collective world. 

Our Team

Nikita Apsangi

Open Lab Graduate Assistant
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Emily Bear

Programs & Experience Manager
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Dawn Bohn

Affiliated Faculty
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Lisa Bralts

Associate Director of Marketing
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Sarah Cannaday

Administrative Assistant
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Michael Dalton

Assistant Shop Manager
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Ted Faust

SCD Fellow / Design Strategy
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Jake Fava

Special Projects / Design Strategy
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Mikaela Frechette

SCD Scholar / Kinesiology
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Jamie Hedrick

Graphic Design Coordinator
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Alissa Irvin

SCD Scholar / Curriculum & Instruction
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Carrie James

SCD Scholar / Curriculum & Instruction
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Emily Kasak

Office Manager
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Vivek Kate

Open Lab Graduate Assistant
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Brandon Middleton

Adjunct Professor
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Alex Pagano

SCD Scholar / Mechanical Engineering
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Neil Pearse

Laboratory and Equipment Operations Manager
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Nicholas Puddicombe

Associate Director of Operations & Experience
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Gail Rost

SCD Senior Scholar / K-12 Design Education
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Miriam Salah

SCD Fellow / Design Strategy
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Juan Salamanca

Affiliated Faculty
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Saad Shehab

Head of Assessment & Research
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Rachel Switzky

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Mike Tissenbaum

Affiliated Faculty
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Taylor Tucker

SCD Scholar / Engineering Education
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Sylvia Yang

SCD Scholar / Early Childhood Education
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Bert Zhang

SCD Lecturer
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SCD Interns

• Sarah Anderson
• Matthew Blessing
• Max Chan
• Aryan Chawla
• Hayaa Chhaya
• Kathleen Culligan
• Luke Emano
• Ally Merrett
• Hannah Miller
• Rishi Mohan
• Andres Molina

• Alexa Nallen
• Sidney Rodriguez
• Mason Rousey
• Anne Schmidt
• Edward Skrabacz
• Karthik Subramaniam
• Gabe Tavas
• Kanika Tibrewal
• Arianna Turner
• Anjhana Venkataramanan


SCD Scholars - Graduate and Research Assistants - are given the freedom to explore what human-centered design looks like in their respective fields of study, while seeking collaborations that can expand our understanding of problems facing a variety of communities. Scholars bring a deep understanding of their field of study to SCD, collaborating with full-time staff and Fellows to conduct research, create curricula, execute projects, and develop new relationships with campus and community partners. 

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SCD Fellows are a diverse, multidisciplinary group of creative and passionate thinkers, makers, and doers. Fellows play a critical role in advancing the Siebel Center for Design mission by diving deep into human-centered design, design thinking, and design strategy. Fellows work with staff and faculty at the University of Illinois to re-imagine and create new curricula in a variety of disciplines as well as plan and execute projects with campus, community, and corporate partners. The Fellows program seeks to foster meaningful interdisciplinary exchange, create new knowledge, and solve complex problems both inside and outside of the University through the power of human-centered design and design thinking.

Student interns work for SCD on all types of things: collaborating on design thinking projects, conducting research, assisting in the labs, creating content, and much more! Check out our current job listings to see if we have any current openings for new intern positions - and we’ll always mention openings in our newsletter.