DFA NYU received the 2017 NYU President’s Service Award

When you have ideas, you Prototype!

The Medline Industries- Independent Mobility Project team in Northfield, IL

The Fiat Chrysler Automobile- Shared Mobility Project team in Detroit, MI

DFA NYU e-board after a Project Critique

Design Thinking workshop Fall 2016

DFA NYU and new friends at the Leadership Studio 2016

DFA is a nationwide network

DFA NYU members prototyping a women empowerment program in a slum of Kathmandu, Nepal

DFA-NYU Workshop for Diversity in STEM

Our students are supported throughout the design process by: Faculty Advisors, Professional Design Mentors, Community Partners, Each Other, and DFA.

Who are we?

Design for America of NYU is founded on the passion and belief that we, the students of NYU want to use Human-Centered Design to tackle local social issues to develop solutions that have impact locally and globally.

Our students from different nationalities, academic interests, and vivid backgrounds, are united by the idea that collaboration will definitely bring about changes for the betterment.

As a Studio, we are part of a movement that tackles the most daunting issues using our abilities at the local level.

DFA NYU is a powerful platform to connect students from different schools and develop a community of socially mindful change makers. There are multitudes of opportunities for students to go outside of the classroom and put their learning into action, through social innovation and entrepreneurship. Students transform from thinkers to doers through collaboration and bringing ideas to life.

Team

Tuba Naziruddin

Tuba Naziruddin

Tuba  Naziruddin is an advocate of altruism, strongly believing in helping and giving back to the community. With her techno-management background, MBA, Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Technology she is actively engaged in research, pro-bono consulting and projects aimed towards community building. She is part of the DFA team combating food insecurity-The NYU Freedge. She is a polyglot speaking five languages and enjoys learning about diverse cultures. Her mantra is “Be as open as you can to learning, the rest will follow on its own”. Inspired by the Human Centered Design process, she is currently working on a start-up idea.

Adhish Patel

Adhish Patel

Adhish is a Master of Science candidate at New York University Tandon School of Engineering. Majoring in Management of Technology with experience and interest in Data Analysis and Design Thinking, he is interested in Innovation Strategy both in Organizations and Product. His recent interests include Data Science and Machine Learning. Talk to him about anything Tech. You can reach out to him at adhish@nyu.edu.

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Amira Dhanoa

Amira Dhanoa

Amira is a sophomore concentrating on Integrated Digital Media and Business Studies at NYU’s School of Engineering. As a full-time student exploring the intersection of engineering, technology, and art through design in and outside of the classroom, Amira loves to collaborate on projects that embrace the symbiosis between the technical and the artistic. She is especially passionate about utilizing human-centered design for social impact and teaming up with design-thinkers who have diverse backgrounds and interests in order to design more innovative solutions to real-world problems, and expand her perspective along the way.

Shuling Chen

Shuling Chen

Shuling loves to apply consumer psychology concepts to organizations’ strategic decision making processes.  She is also very interested in combining psychology concepts and human center design process to optimize the functions of designed products and services. With her experience in DFA, she believes that conducting a good design research is the key to a successful design. She has been associated with DFA for a year working on the FCA sponsored shared mobility project and the NYC court signage project.

Rajni Chada

Rajni Chada

Rajni Chada loves to apply her academic knowledge of Mechanical Engineering and Technology Management for  social welfare. Prior to her Masters, she pursued her passion working as a sustainability consultant to promote energy efficiency through research and collaborations. She believes in the power of Human Centered Design in making positive changes in our community. She has been associated with DFA for a year working on the BINDI project to design a toolkit that helps empower women in low income backgrounds.

Rodney Lobo

Rodney Lobo

Rodney Lobo is passionate about creating new products which are not only useful, but also aesthetically pleasing. He loves making 3D models and bringing them to life by printing them. He is fascinated by the Human-Centered design process, and wants to use it to improve the current ways of developing things.

Ashley Siyu Tang

Ashley Siyu Tang

Ashley Siyu Tang is an undergraduate student in NYU studying Media, Communication and Culture. She’s passionate about social changes, human rights, animal rights, media and film. She believes the power of human design thinking in making positive changes in our community and in the world. She’s also currently the project leader of Do Tank Border, Immigration & Emigration and working on how to close the gaps between people from different cultures.

Faculty Advisor

Faculty Advisor

Anne-Laure Fayard is Associate Professor  in the Department of Technology Management and Innovation at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and affiliate faculty in the Department of Management and Organizations at NYU Stern School of Business. She is passionate about human-centered design and design thinking (which she researches, teaches and practices) and social innovation. Her other research interests include:collaboration, communication, culture, space and open innovation.

Our Values

Better together

Collectively, we come up with more ideas and create meaningful change


Make a change. Have an impact

It’s not only about being creative, but it’s also about being mindful and purposeful. It’s not only about coming up with ideas, it’s about implementing them.


 

It always starts with people

We design for social good by being focused on people’s and communities’ needs to make their lives better.


 

Never stop being curious

Ask why; listen to others; challenge your assumptions; wonder “what if” and iterate one more time!


 

Diversity is our richness

Our multiple perspectives allow us to come up with creative solutions to tackle multiple complex issues.


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