Elana Blinder

Elana is a researcher at the Center for Children and Technology at the Education Development Center, where she contributes to the design and evaluation of educational media aimed at improving teacher practice and student learning. In her former career as a New York City public elementary school teacher, she watched opportunities for educational play and creative exploration…

Placemaking Reimagined

Our project started in September 2017 with the idea to address hygiene issues homeless women face during their menstruation period. We eventually found during our research that  there’s a much greater need for a private, safe space where the women can clean themselves and feel dignified. We therefore developed our opportunity statement into “There is…

S.S Columbia Project (2017-2018 term)

Join us in designing playful STEAM-learning experiences for kids! Team JAZET from the Design for America at NYU Studio is currently exploring the relationship between intrinsic student learning within the context of the S.S. Columbia project, one of the oldest steamships in the United States. In order to support intrinsic learning among middle school students,…

Emma Hoffman

Emma is a senior at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she is a member of the Dean’s Honor Society and is creating an interdisciplinary major she calls, “Urban Food Sustainability and Food Justice.” Before serving on NYU DFA’s Eboard, Emma co-led The NYU FREEdge project which aims to tackle interrelated issues of food…

Michael Niamehr

Michael Niamehr is an electrical engineering undergrad at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. Michael’s interests in social impact and outreach have led him to latch strongly onto Human Centered Deisgn after his first DFA workshop. As an advocate of multidisciplinary teamwork and learning beyond one’s major, Michael is passionate about overcoming the obstacles associated with…

Kathleen Chao

Kathleen is a Design Strategist who is passionate about improving the quality of life through human-centered design. She has graduated with a master’s degree in Integrated Digital Media at Tandon School of Engineering. Prior to graduate school, she has worked across 3 continents where she managed multi-disciplinary teams in fast-paced consumer product industries. Her unique…

Crescent Rainbow

Team Names: Harshita Nedunuri, Gallatin School of Individualized Study; Katja Luostarinen, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Project description: Crescent Rainbow is focused on the intersections of identities, and creating safe spaces that empower, encourage expression and create a sense of community. Our problem statement is How might we facilitate the expression of identities at…

Our faculty advisor Prof. Anne-Laure Fayard received the Distinguished Teacher Award for 2017

The 2017 Prototyping Showcase Put NYU Ingenuity on Display

On April 25, visitors to the MakerSpace were treated to an impressive display of projects that had been conceived by students and professors from across NYU who received mini-grants from the university’s Prototyping Fund, a program overseen by NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Greenhouse (a student-run initiative within Tandon’s MakerSpace where aspiring designers, engineers, inventors, and entrepreneurs can…

NYU’S Design For America Studio Empowers Women in Nepal

Professor Fayard and students pilot a program to provide women in low-income areas with skills and knowledge. When the Design Tinkering Club at Tandon School of Engineering became NYU’s studio of Design for America (DFA) —a nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams using human-centered design to develop innovative solutions for local and social impact—it marked a significant…