Updated: Apr 20, 2021
A few days ago, I had the great opportunity to talk about Design experiences from the Silicon Valley, after my 2 years of experience as a Fulbright scholar at Stanford University, at the Master of Science in Design and Innovation at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT).
Dr. Gabriel J. Costello, the program coordinator, kindly invited me to share my experience with the students of the master program. The MSc in Design and Innovation, which started in the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) in September 2020, is a part-time, running over two years master program with experienced senior students from a variety of industries such as MedTech, Pharma, Furniture Design, Transport Refrigeration, Civil Engineering as well as three GMIT staff.
The master was developed by a cross-disciplinary team in GMIT, using expertise from Engineering, Design and Creative Arts, and Business led by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.
The lecture I gave, inspired by the vibrant design community from Silicon Valley and the experience matured at the Center for Design Research at Stanford University during my residency from 2018 to 2020, explained how the right mix of User Experience research, User Experience design, together with the inclusion of a diverse team of professionals brought to the creation of successful international businesses.
The class was an exciting opportunity to share a personal experience, but most importantly, to have a conversation and connect with senior engineers, managers, and designers who took part in the master program.