I’m a Design Strategist working at the intersection of technology, business, and defense. I work at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, where I use human centered design to create innovative solutions for complex and challenging problems.
As an engineer developing new products for the military and Department of Defense, I learned quickly that my industry struggled to generate novel ideas. The contrast between the blossoming tech revolution occurring in Silicon Valley, where companies regularly pushed the boundaries of what could be created, and my own experience was startling.
How did they do it? Their secret weapon was, and still is … design. The people and organizations in the Valley understand that the principles of design are just as important as the principles of engineering. The challenge, for me, was figuring out how to apply that paradigm to the traditionally conservative and risk-averse defense industry.
I’ve spent a lot of time solving this puzzle, working to unleash innovation in individuals and organizations. One of my passions is helping engineering organizations create a culture of innovation that leads to more original solutions and products. One way I accomplish this is by designing physical spaces and innovation competitions that foster a creative and collaborative environment amongst engineers and scientists. Another is by teaching them human centered design – seeding organizations with the capability to inspire a new generation of people who think differently.
In my job, I have the opportunity to work with and study the most successful people and organizations in the world – such as the iconic design firm IDEO, and Wharton Business professor and management expert Adam Grant – uncovering the insights and ideas that propel them toward success.
I’m passionate about sharing the insights and ideas I’ve learned about design and innovation, and the challenges yet to come. I hope that you will join me on this journey, and allow me the opportunity to assist you with the design challenges that you are facing.