Kate is the director of Design and Innovation Programs at the Lyle School of Engineering. She has a background in product design, design research and design strategy. Her area of focus is innovation through an understanding of human needs and behavior. Kate has worked as a designer and researcher at IDEO and as a creative director at frog design. Her writing on human-centered design has appeared in GOOD magazine, The Atlantic and The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. In 2012 she and her team at frog design received an IDSA Gold Award for their work on mobile phone systems in health care for UNICEF in Zambia and Malawi. She has worked across many industries applying human-centered design methods to major innovation projects. A Dallas native, Kate is delighted to be at SMU where she is working to infuse the engineering curriculum with a human-centered design approach. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, two children and three backyard chickens.
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