Cheers, Graduates!

About the MA Program


Congratulations to our newest MA in Sustainable Design alumni. We are very proud of your innovative work and look forward to seeing what sustainability-focused projects your future holds. Cheers!

Jana Baecker’s thesis was titled, A Sustainable Diaper Service. (Advisor: Holly Robbins). Jana was the recipient of the 2017-18 MASD Van Derlip Award.

Megan Beierle’s thesis was titled, Sustainability-focused Packaging Solutions for the Marijuana Industry. (Advisor: Wendy Jedlicka)

Ricky Ledesma’s thesis was titled, 3D Printing with Mycelium-based Materials: A sustainable design approach to replace petroleum-based thermoplastic filaments. (Advisor: Holly Robbins)

Kelly Wilcox’s thesis was titled, Combating the Microfiber Pollution Problem at the Municipality Level. (Advisor: Denise DeLuca)


Image courtesy of Unsplash CC by José González

Cindy Gilbert / Director

Cindy Gilbert is the founding director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program which is home to the fully online, multidisciplinary MA in Sustainable Design (MASD) that is the first of its kind in the world. In this role, she fosters a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and collaborative design. The MASD program blends theory, practice and leadership into a holistic, hands-on learning experience that culminates in student-driven thesis work that brings novel, sustainability-focused products and services to fruition.

Cindy has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability and biomimicry. She is founder of Alula Consulting which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects for educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations. Most recently, she served for nearly four years as the founding director of university education at the Biomimicry Institute where she developed and managed all higher education programs, including the professional certification program, annual education summits, affiliate and fellows programs, and design challenges. Cindy is based in Montana.