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Our Faculty Grows in Strength, Depth and Breadth

This year, we’re welcoming Daniel Rosenberg, Mollie Ring and Joey Lee.

Daniel Rosenberg
Teaching “Mapping and Visualization Design”
Born in Israel and raised in Chile, Daniel Rosenberg is a designer, architect and educator holding a master’s and a PhD in Design and Computation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the last two years, he has been directing an interdisciplinary design practice in Brooklyn, leading a team of designers, architects and creative technologist from MIT Media Lab in the development of cutting-edge digital products and interactive sculptures and spaces for clients such as Target, Cartier, Google and Cadillac. Daniel is a designer of innovative spaces, products and tangible technologies that merge our increasingly disconnected digital and physical experiences. He is a creator of transformational design – a design method that combines mindful awareness and human-computer interaction; as well as an educator and promoter of the MIT vision-driven, interdisciplinary and hands-on culture for R&D and design.

Mollie Ring
Co-teaching “Understanding Natural and Social Systems” with Julie Kennedy
Mollie Ring is a strategy, communications and philanthropy consultant with 15 years of experience working for NGOs and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and abroad. Her work in corporate partnerships and social innovation began in 2008, working for UNICEF’s Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division. She has since supported an Inter-American Development Bank-funded competition to identify high-potential, progressive entrepreneurs across thirteen countries in the Caribbean and Central America, and continues to work with entrepreneurs and social enterprises to offer investment coaching and communications strategy. In 2018, she designed and taught a course titled “Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, Value and Change” at Connecticut College and joined the team of MEET, a firm that works to improve trade show ROI for foreign companies seeking to export to the U.S.

Joey Lee
Teaching “Mapping and Visualization Design”
Joey Lee is an interaction designer who has been involved in academic and commercial research projects exploring technology, geography, data and visualization for institutions ranging from MIT and The University of British Columbia to Daimler-Mercedes Benz and the World Bank. He was previously a fellow at the Mozilla Science Lab and is actively involved in open-source, science and scholarship initiatives. Joey has exhibited his work internationally at venues like the Japan Media Arts Festival and Ars Electronica, and has authored publications related to generative design and urban climate research. His research interests generally lead him to develop projects that critically explore the implications of new and emerging technologies and services, particularly those that are driven by and produce data about people and places. 

As for our current faculty, Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin’s project +POOL was recently featured in the New York Times. The pool is designed to filter water in the East River to give New Yorkers a usable public space. Currently, they’re working with the Mayor’s Office to see where the pool could be built.

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