Alumni

From its world-class faculty, to its rigorous curriculum, to its community and culture of innovation, the MS in Strategic Design and Management at Parsons assists its graduates to begin new and exciting projects or enhance their current professional careers, and there is no better testament to the quality of the program than the words of its graduates. On this page, view or read one of the Alumni Stories below to learn how the MS SDM program and design thinking in general have an impact on graduates’ lives.

 

For a broader overview, visit the Alumni Outcomes page for a list of MS SDM graduates and their sector employment. From this page you can also visit the Alumni Panels page to see Alumni speak about the design thinking, design strategy, and its importance in a variety of sectors, in their own words.

 

Are you an Alumni of the program with an announcement for the MS SDM community? Do you have upcoming job openings at your company for which you think MS SDM students would be the perfect fit? Submit content for our Twitter, Instagram, the News & Announcements page, and/or the bi-semesterly MS SDM Quarterly newsletter.  Are you employed with an organization or company that would like to partner with the MS SDM? Visit our External Partnerships page for details on how to collaborate with the program.

 

Hansel Huang | MS-SDM Class of 2019 (China)

Isabella Gady | MS-SDM Class of 2019 (NY)

Alumni Stories

Erin, Class of 2015

Erin Tiley | Human Centered Design Lead Tyson Foods   Erin Tilley leads the Human Centered Design team for Tyson Foods, a practice she founded and has built over the past two years within Tyson IT. Her goal for this team is to design technology solutions that address business challenges by focusing on desirable end…

Livie, Class of 2015

Livie Casto | Business Design Associate Director Method   Livie is a trained musician turned business designer whose mission is to make the world a better place by solving for the unmet needs of human beings and ensuring organizations have everything they need to successfully meet those needs. Her creative approach—no matter the industry—is to…

Carolina, Class of 2020

Carolina Bianchi Bate | Strategic Design Consultant Freelance   Carolina is an Argentinian Strategic Design consultant specializing in brand development and management with experience working on projects across industries as varied as advertising, fine arts and the agricultural sector. She is Co-Founder of Seamless Studios, which designs singular and meaningful branding solutions for their clients…

Fernanda, Class of 2016

Fernanda Flores | Design Strategist Verdes   Fernanda Flores is a Design Strategist with a background across a variety of design fields, including architecture and industrial design. She works at Verdes, an innovation and design consultancy where she helps address client objectives by applying design and human-centric approach to problem solving. She enjoys being able…

Jonathan, Class of 2015

Jonathan Rewers | Sr Manager, Budget, Financial Planning & Analysis AICP, SF Municipal Transportation Authority   Jonathan Rewers manages the Design Strategy and Delivery at City and County of San Francisco – Municipal Transportation Agency. As Senior Manager at the SFMTA, he promotes the impact of design on everyday life, the experiences created by changes…

Onur, Class of 2020

Onur Kocan | Strategic Designer & Partner Studio Karun   Onur Kocan has managed the design initiatives for various industries, NGOs, associations, foundations, local governments, and government projects in Turkey. Throughout Onur’s academic and professional life he was involved in numerous local and internationally recognized design events to raise the industrial design profession’s consciousness. Recognizing…

Vanya, Class of 2017

Vanya Mittal | Innovation & Design Strategist Doblin   Vanya Mittal is an Innovation and Design Strategist from New Delhi, and a novice entrepreneur working with Doblin/Deliote to help design organizations that create growing businesses rooted in real customer needs, untapped technologies, and business viability. Vanya has an in storytelling, design thinking, and human-centered design,…

Martin, Class of 2015

Martin Lenon | Experience Research Manager Nike Martin Lenon and is a Design Strategist specializing in design research, strategy, and customer experience who is curious about the world and the humans that live in it. Mark was born in Manila, Philippines but grew up in Kobe, Japan, and Cincinnati, before taking a few years to…

Shawn, Class of 2015

Shawn Nelson |Founder LOVESAC Designed for Life Furniture   Shawn Nelson grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and originally graduated from The University of Utah in 2001 with a degree in Mandarin Chinese. He is founder and CEO of LOVESAC, inventor, designer, husband and father of 4 kids. As a designer, he specializes in…

Carmel, Class of 2014

Carmel Laurino | Founder Kalsada Coffee   Carmel Laurino is founder of Kalsada Coffee, a specialty-coffee purveyor specializing in Filipino coffee. After seeing a 1909 photo of a market stall of the Filipino Coffee Company in Pike Place Market, Seattle as an undergraduate at the University of Washington, she knew she wanted to enter the…

Brendan, Class of 2020

Brendan Raftery | Senior Digital Business and Technology Strategist Pilot44   Brendan Raftery is a Senior Digital Business and Technology Strategist at Pilot44. There he helps clients across industries imagine and build the future they want to see by piloting emerging technologies in new product lines and ventures. Prior to Pilot44, he worked at Pfizer…

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