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-centred 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.



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 leading DFA’s cross-functional teams.



Harshita Nedunuri is an M.A. candidate and interaction designer based in Brooklyn. Her interdisciplinary research at Gallatin concerns empathy and the social model for disability in inclusive design. She received the Provost’s Global Research fellowship to extend her thesis research abroad in Winter 2019. At DFA, Harshita leads special projects—namely the Design Thinking Roundtable podcast series that she created and hosts. Prior to her graduate work, Harshita spent the majority of her career at McKinsey & Company, where she designed interactive educational experiences for global business leaders. In her spare time, she loves bringing people together, reading and writing poetry, travelling, and learning new languages.


Tunan Guo, originally from China,  is a current second-year master student in NYU studying Digital Media Design for Learning. As an experienced learning and UX designer, Tunan is interested in how to combine education, game and technology together to create a more interactive and effective learning experience.




Brittney is a Master’s student in Tandon’s Integrated Digital Media program. Much of her work has been informed by her interests in UI/UX design, human-computer interaction for development or HCI4D, information and communication technologies for development or ICTD, gameful technologies, and social impact. She oversees recruitment and marketing at DFA and hopes to streamline event planning and logistics. When she’s not reading up on the latest UX trends, Brittney spends her time ruminating about her identities as both a cat and dog person.