- John Bandringa is director of the Port of San Diego’s new Enterprise Strategy and Innovation department.
- Sharon Carmichael is senior interaction design manager at Intuit, where she leads 14 interaction designers working on the company’s TurboTax product.
- MaeLin Levine is principal designer at Visual Asylum and a founder and board president of Urban Discovery Academy, a K-8 charter school. Levine also is helping to launch a design-thinking high school program called IDEATE High Academy.
- Sonya Wrisley is founding principal of Design39Campus, an innovative K-8 school that is the first of its kind in the Poway Unified School District.
Design thinking is touching more and more aspects of our lives, from education to business and even the way society solves its problems, experts said during the latest panel discussion in the Sally Ride Science STEAM Series. The event, “Transforming the Classroom Through Design Thinking,” was held June 1 at the San Diego Central Library. It was the second panel discussion in the Sally Ride Science STEAM Series, which is co-sponsored by UC San Diego Extension and the San Diego Public Library. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. A video of the discussion is available on UCTV. Design thinking, also called human-centered design, calls for focusing on people in order to identify problems and solve them in the most effective way. Educators increasingly are using this mindset in the classroom to tap into students’ passions while enabling them to address problems in a diverse and interconnected world. “Design thinking teaches students how to solve problems by empathizing with those affected by the problems,” said Ed Abeyta, associate dean of community engagement and director of pre-college programs at UC San Diego Extension, as he introduced the STEAM Series panel. Moderating the panel was Dalouge Smith, president and CEO of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory. The four panelists represented diverse fields where design thinking is growing in importance – education, business and the public sector.