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Kate Canales

Lyle School of Engineering, Southern Methodist Unviersity
Research Professor and Director of Design and Innovation Programs

Kate Canales oversees the popular Innovation Gymnasium and serves as Director of the new Master of Arts in Design and Innovation (MADI) program. She has a background in mechanical engineering, product design, and design research. Much of her recent work focuses on building creative capacity inside organizations. She studies and teaches the ways we innovate on the basis of human needs and behavior, and is responsible for integrating empathy and creativity into the technical engineering curriculum. Kate teaches several design courses including Human-Centered Design and Building Creative Confidence.

Kate has worked as a designer and design researcher at IDEO and as a Creative Director at frog design, both internationally recognized leaders in the field of design and innovation. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Her writing on human-centered design has appeared in GOOD magazine, The Atlantic, and The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.

Faculty for the Creative Community Fellows program, 2014; Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy, 2015.