Karine Sarkissian

Karine Sarkissian is a Program Strategist at 3×3 Design, a social innovation consultancy working to build successful and scalable programs, services, and strategies for urban and economic development initiatives. Karine focuses on incorporating human-centered design techniques into public sector practice. She conducts creative design research and has executed a variety of community driven projects ranging…

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…

Mike Knox

Michael Edward Knox is an Industry Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department (ECE) at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and will be a Faculty Advisor for the project. His technical expertise and current research is in the areas of wireless communications, analog/RF electronics and embedded systems. Mike has been appointed as one of…

Rajesh Bilimoria

Rajesh thrives on the intersection of ideas and is a firm believer in interdisciplinary thinking as a key lever for innovation, and his career has focused on innovation and new product development in several contexts. In both his teaching and consulting work, Rajesh integrates a collaborative spirit with a broad perspective, drawing from his diverse…

Shraddha Bhatia

Shraddha Bhatia is an alumnus of NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, with a clinical doctorate in physical therapy. Her expertise are in orthopedics with a secondary focus in neurological and women’s health rehabilitation. Her decision to collaborate with DFA NYU as a professional mentor is to exemplify her belief that physical…

Sean Rhodes

In the role of Executive Creative Director at frogDesign, a global design and strategy firm that partners with clients to anticipate the future, evolve organizations and advance the human experience. Sean leads multi-disciplinary teams at frog with a focus on media, retail and financial service verticals. In this role, Sean partners with firms to leverage…

Lee Kim

Lee is a transportation engineer/urban planner who believes in the magic of human connection. She specializes in pedestrian and transit modeling and believes that by understanding motivations -the “whys”- we can find better solutions. Lee’s expertise in the way humans interact with built environments lends valuable perspective for the SS Columbia project to engage communities…

Hannah Berkin-Harper

Hannah Berkin-Harper is an industrial designer working in New York City. She is currently a Senior Designer at Karim Rashid studio, managing and working on a variety of projects including furniture, tabletop, products and packaging. She holds an MID from Pratt Institute and an AB in Studio Art from Vassar College. Hannah is associated with…

Lee-Sean Huang

Lee-Sean Huang is a designer, innovation strategist, and educator. He is a co-founder and creative director of Foossa, a community-centered design consultancy. His recent work includes: advising the United Nations on the creation of an internal innovation team, helping an international labor union think through the future of organizing in the digital age, collaborating with…