Congratulations, Graduates!

About the MA Program


Congratulations to our newest MA in Sustainable Design alumni. We are intensely proud of you and your hard work. We cannot wait to see the places you will go and the things that you will accomplish!

Claire Lukens’ thesis was titled, Biking and the City: Increasing ridership as transportation through city implementation of assistance and communications initiatives. (Advisor: Arlene Birt)

Ben Marquardt’s thesis was titled, printCYCLE: A sustainable bicycle business. (Advisor: Curt McNamara)

Kate Newton’s thesis was titled, A Framework Design for a Sustainable Font. (Advisor: Holly Robbins)

Shannon Reece’s thesis was titled, An Integrated Living Home Exhibit. (Advisor: Tim McGee)

Jillian Schultz’s was titled, Physical Activity in the Workplace: Exploration of design to subconsciously increase movement and improve sustainability. (Advisor: Holly Robbins)

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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.