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Erik Contreras
MFA Design, UC Davis

Erik is an interdisciplinary designer and maker with a background in mechanical engineering and rapid prototyping. His research interest involves prolonging the lifespan of consumer electronics and IoT products. This includes: 1) promoting the Right to Repair, 2) repurposing electronic waste, and 3) designing user-interfaces that are intuitive and facilitate repair, modification, and disassembly of the products.

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Kaylani McCard
MFA Design, UC Davis

Kaylani J. McCard (also known as Kaylani Juanita) is a freelance picture book illustrator and writer. She’s known for winning a Coretta Scott King Honors for her Illustrations in Magnificent Homespun Brown, as well as a Stonewall book award for When Aidan Became a Brother. Some of her clients include Chronicle Books, Tilbury House, Lee and Low, and many more. Her focus is counter storytelling based on her experience as a biracial Black woman. Kaylani strives to create new ways for people to imagine themselves.

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Jude Mooney
MFA Design, UC Davis

Jude Mooney is a photographer, curator and exhibition designer with an interest in experiential and immersive design. Her MFA thesis work focuses on museum wall colors and how color can support the artwork and engage the viewer. Jude believes that artists, museums and curators have the power to enlighten, transport, educate, and unite communities.

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Nicolle Navarete
MFA Design, UC Davis

Nicolle is a native New Yorker with a background in architecture and interior design. Her previous work includes the technical design, material selection, and project management in a diverse range of project types from healthcare facilities, educational settings, corporate offices, and residential spaces. She aims to provide design solutions that integrate the goals of the clients and unconventional materials to produce imaginative and enriching spaces for the occupants.

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Daniel Tran
MFA Design, UC Davis

Dan’s interwoven art, design and research practices investigate material ecologies + applications that bridge unbuilt & built environments. Having worked in the adaptive reuse of plastics and other energy intensive materials, Dan’s current research shifts focus to biogenic cement composites which present new resilient means of production and artmaking. Different biogenic and mineral particulate matter are reclaimed from local construction and agriculture waste streams.

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