B.A. Illustration, Northern Illinois University (2002)
Victoria worked as a freelance Designer/Illustrator and Interpretive Educator with various non-profit organizations, including East Bay Regional Park District and the National Park Service, designing interpretive materials and exhibits. She recently completed work on the Jr. Ranger program for Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site. Her current research is focused on exploring the connections between science and design, utilizing data visualization through interactive exhibits.
B.A. California State University, Long Beach (2014)
Since graduating with a BA in Design from CSU Long Beach, Jennifer has worked in design and fabrication of stages, DJ booths, props and interactive spaces for a variety of Los Angeles-based companies. She has spent the past two years as the lead Cartographer for special event creators The Do LaB contributing to the layout of music and art festivals as well as designing logistical and aestheic festival maps. Jennifer seeks further exploration in the creative intervention of art in a broadening variety of landscapes and to study the resulting human response.
B.S. Fashion Design and Merchandising, San Francisco State University, 2006
Alicia has more than ten years of experience in the fashion industry working in an array of roles at major apparel labels. She has worked on a range of other projects such as creative community building and international fashion education for non-profits. Most recently, she was a Product Developer at Columbia Sportswear for the Mountain Hardwear label. She is interested in all things textiles, visual communication as a means of community building, and exhibition curating. She is currently exploring using pattern and textiles as a means of commentary or story telling.
B.A. Fine Art, University of California, Los Angeles, 2001
Justin’s career has spanned museum exhibit installation, art handling, film/theater set fabrication, and custom design/build projects for clients ranging from retail spaces to organic farms. He was a co-founder of the Austin, Texas based artist collective Okay Mountain, a gallery/studio whose members continue to exhibit immersive multimedia installations nationwide. Justin is interested in how we experience and interact with architectural space, media, and wild places.
B.A. Design, University of California, Davis (2015)
Emily works as a researcher and strategist at Bukwild, a digital design agency in Sacramento. Currently, she is involved with Girls Garage, an after school program that integrates design, engineering and social justice. She believes in using her powers for good, not evil. Emily is exploring ways to engage communities with design tools enabling them to find solutions to local problems. She is interested in incorporating maker spaces and project based learning into public education, both in and outside of academic settings.
B.S. Fashion Design, University of Cincinnati (2009)
Megan fell in love with the art of machine knitting while earning her undergraduate degree. Since receiving her B.S., Megan has worked in the luxury and contemporary womenswear market as a hand knitter and sweater designer. Her passion for surfing, skiing and rock climbing has led her current research to the intersection of functional apparel and knitwear design.
B.A. Design, University of California at Davis, 2008
Lauren operates at the intersection of design + technology, bringing together creativity and technical excellence. A true geek, Lauren has designed, built, and deployed web-based products for over 20 years. She is excited to return to Davis to learn about sensor-based technologies and interactions.
A.A. in Fashion Design, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (2013)B.A in Design, University of California, Davis (2016)
Christine worked as a freelance Designer/Seamstress in the Northern California Bay Area. She has worked with such companies as Cari Borja Clothesmaker and Community Homework , as well as with private clients for Cosplay design and construction orders. Her work has been featured by Marvel Comics, and seen on such sites as Vanity Fair, LA Weekly, and the Daily Mail UK. She is interested in sustainability, and how to reduce and reuse waste from the fashion and textile industries.
B.S. Cinema and Photography, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, 1998
Rachel spent 9 years in San Francisco working in various positions most recently as Head of Product Design for Coffee Meets Bagel, Designer for Houzz, and Senior Animator and Designer for Apple. Before San Francisco, Max lived in New York City and worked was an award winning filmmaker, broadcast designer, and title designer. She has returned to school to explore immersive interactive design, sensor technology, and to somewhat reluctantly do a lot of reading and writing.
B.E. Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology, India (2015)
Nikitaa Sivaakumar recently graduated with an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from NIT Tiruchirappalli, India. As part of her undergraduate internship, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Structural design, TU Braunschweig, Germany where she was involved in the structural design and optimisation of Ultra High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete structural members using Rhinoceros 3D.
BFA, Graphic Design, Academy of Art University, 2005
George has more than ten years of experience as a professional designer. He has worked on a range of projects from print to the built environment. Most recently, he was Design Director at Embarcadero Partners, a strategy consulting firm in San Francisco, which worked at the intersection of strategy and design. He is interested in the power of design to facilitate understanding and create clarity. He is currently exploring the role of design in decision-making.
B.A. Design Studies, Arizona State University, 2016
Lanwei spent 2 years in China majoring in Industrial Design before she transferred to ASU. During her undergraduate study at ASU, she concentrated in Design Management, and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Lanwei has broad range of interests. She aspires to merge fashion and technology. Her current research focuses on developing smart clothing and wearable devices for addressing healthcare and environmental issues.
B.A. Studio Art, Art History, Politics - Oberlin College, 2010
After graduating from Oberlin, Daria worked in education and design in the Bay Area, beginning as a print designer at a nation-wide nurses union. For the past two and a half years, she helped cultivate an Oakland-based tech startup, designing a SaaS product for growing nonprofits. She is interested in critiquing and, if at all possible, improving, abating, or/and re-appropriating the aspects of the tech industry which currently impact labor practices, community, displacement, and the rapidly changing local landscape.
I found my passion for fashion design six months before I completed my undergraduate studies. It started with handmade jewelry, apparel design and 3D printing. I am interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research in design, engineering, psychology and music. Building on my experience in design and my background in human relations and sociology, I strive to develop functional fashion designs by applying new technologies and design processes during my MFA study here in the Design Department at UC Davis. Recently, I’ve also started training for a triathalon.
B.F.A Jewelry/Metal Arts, California College of the Arts, 2010
Corey graduated from California College of the Arts where he studied Jewelry/Metalsmithing and small sculpture. His undergraduate work drew upon his background in music and focused on the intersection of art and musical instruments. After earning his B.F.A., he worked both locally and internationally as a violinist and producer performing music for predominantly Asian American organizations and media. His current research focuses on musical instruments, the integration of new technologies in music, and the interfacing between musician and computer.
B.A. Design, University of California, Davis (2009)
After receiving her Bachelor’s in Design, Tieni worked in Los Angeles and the Bay Area designing trade show exhibits, along with residential interior and consumer products. She also worked in other roles such as editor-in-chief for the publishing of monthly publications and as event coordinator for high-tech association’s events which hosts over 1,000 attendees held in the Silicon Valley. Her research is focused on generalizing design guidelines for shelf display lighting by targeting high color and energy efficiency. One of her most recent projects included the development of a lighting kit to assist college professors with their instructions.
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