Mentors

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 from place-based activations to communication strategies internationally and  across New York’s 5 boroughs. Living in various cities throughout her life, from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon to Baltimore and NYC, Karine is committed to understanding individuals, their needs, and the community they come from. More about Karine here.

 


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 slowly diminish over the years, leaving her with the desire to create learning environments that cultivate a sense of joy and playfulness. More about Elana here.

 


Mike Knox

Michael Edward Knox is an Industry Professor in the Electrical and ComputerEngineering 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 Tandon’s Faculty Engineer in Residence to provide technical and business assistance to NYU Future Labs incubator companies.  More about Mike here.

 

 


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. More about Lee here.

 

 

 

 


Graham Dove is a postdoctoral design researcher at NYU, currently working on SONYC (Sounds of New York). He gained his PhD in Human-Computer Interaction Design from the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at City University London. Prior to working at NYU, Graham spent two years working as a postdoc in the Center for Participatory IT at Aarhus University in Denmark. He studies creativity in collaborative interaction design and service design processes, exploring methods for using visualized data as a source of inspiration for ideation and human creativity as tool for contextualizing quantitative data. He also investigates the challenges technologies such as machine learning pose for user experience designers.


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 the European Commission to research and design new interfaces for large-scale civic debate, and co-creating new experiences at the Kigali Genocide Memorial with Rwandan genocide survivors.

 


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 Project Avocado, which later became the NYU FREEdge

 


Rajesh Bilimoria currently teaches innovation and human-centered design as an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s Stern School of Business and Parsons School of Design (The New School), and has delivered guest lectures centered on innovation and product development at Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School and Northwestern University. Rajesh’s research areas are focused on corporate innovation strategy and the intersection of innovation and society. Here is more about him.

 


With over 18 years of experience, Sean Rhodes has helped bring new products to market, execute strategies and re-boot brands for clients including American Express, Bloomberg, BNY Mellon, CA, Chrysler, Comcast, Estée Lauder, GE, Goldman Sachs, IMAX, Logitech, McKinsey, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Qualcomm, SanDisk, Staples, TD Bank, Theorem and TouchTunes. He is currently the  Executive Creative Director at frogDesign, a global design and strategy firm. Read more about Sean here