Welcome Fall 2018 cohort!

Student Spotlight

I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer!  

The heat of late afternoons will be with us for a while longer, but the increasingly chilly mornings are a reminder that fall will be with us soon. For those of us in academia, fall means a new year of learning and exploring — and a new cohort of students!

This fall we’re excited to welcome 7 new students to MCAD’s Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program: Charlotte Baker, Ashley French, Brandon Meyer, Thongminh Nguyen, Kimberly Niosi, Anabel Sinn, and Stephanie Wyler.  Individually and together they bring a rich diversity of backgrounds, interests, and experience to the program.

These new students will join our fantastic returning students: Theresa Akers, Mark Chamberlain, Tim Coffin, Aoife Fahey, Jazmyne Geis, Allison Hendricks, Audrey Hunt, Bianca Iacopelli, Brenna Kelly, Ajda Mesic, Heather Meyer, Whitley Mike, Olivia Pedersen, Michelle Santos, Dawn Suiter, and Alex Wong.

We’re also excited to welcome back 2 students who have taken a break and are now returning to finish their MA: Emily Simnam and Michael Braulin.

You can learn about all of the students in our program by exploring the STUDENTS page of the MASD blog site.  While you’re there, you might also explore the growing list of thesis project presentations and papers on the PROJECTS page completed by our now-ALUMNI.

If you’re interested in joining these (future) leaders in Sustainable Design, please explore our program and join one of our upcoming informational webinars.

Denise DeLuca / Former Director

Denise DeLuca is the Director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program. She was co-founder of BCI: Biomimicry Creative for Innovation, a network of creative professional change agents driving ecological thinking for radical transformation. Denise is author of the book Re-Aligning with Nature: Ecological Thinking for Radical Transformation, which was illustrated by MASD alum Stephanie Koehler. She also teaches with the Amani Institute.

Denise’s previous roles include Education Director for the International Living Future Institute, Project Manager for Swedish Biomimetics 3000, and Outreach Director for The Biomimicry Institute. Denise is a licensed civil engineer (PE) and holds a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering with a focus on modeling landscape-scale surface and groundwater interactions.  In addition, Denise is a Biomimicry Fellow and a member of the Advisory Council of The Biomimicry InstituteBoard Member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), on the editorial board of the Journal of Bionic Engineering, and an Expert with Katerva. Denise is based in Oregon.

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