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Several of Chicago's top tech talent-producing institutions, including Northwestern University, have started offering career-focused programs in the Bay Area. Segal Design Institute has partnered with the Medill School for the inaugural Bay Area Immersion Program to introduce students to the region's design and tech start-up scene.

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Upcoming Events

Segal Seminar Series

Nicki Dell: Designing Mobile Technologies for Underserved Communities

February 21, 2017
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Nicki Dell of Cornell visits Segal to discuss building novel computer systems to improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions.

Design Expo

March 10 - March 11, 2017

A two-day event featuring innovative student projects and design portfolios.

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MMM student Kathryn Bernell won the Kellogg Venture Challenge with her product Re-Bucha, a kombucha product made with cosmetically imperfect produce. MMM is a dual-degree program jointly run by Kellogg and the Segal Design Institute.

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Skallagrim's Forge

Four Northwestern students collaborated over the course of twenty weeks to construct a visitor experience for an exhibit that celebrates the cultural importance of Skallagrim’s anvil stone, an artifact from the Icelandic tale of Egil's Saga.

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Rest

SueSan Chen, a junior in the MaDE program, and Isabel Ngan, a senior majoring in Art Theory and Practice while pursuing the Segal Design Certificate, designed a multi-functional public seating piece called Rest.

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Roll N Wash

Four first-year students from Northwestern Engineering designed the Roll N Wash, a foot pedal to be activated by a wheelchair to turn on sinks at the Shedd Aquarium. The Roll N Wash makes it easier for visitors using wheelchairs to wash their hands.

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Get Involved

Collaborate on research

Submit a project proposal

Hire our students

Support Segal

Volunteer to mentor or speak

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Informed by a Stanford course of the same name, "Designing Your Life" teaches students how to apply design thinking to life's bigger questions. Bruce Ankenman, co-director of the Segal Design Institute, and Pam Daniels, Segal’s design innovator in residence, developed Northwestern’s version of the course.

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“Research Design Build” course inspires MMM alumnus and current students

For five weeks, MMM students worked to solve a real-world challenge posed to them by Harley-Davidson. During their final presentations, the CEO of Harley-Davidson and MMM alumnus, Matt Levatich, was sitting in the front row.

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TA-DA - Undergraduates design expandable electric car

Four Northwestern students picked up the top award from the P.A.C.E. annual forum sponsored by General Motors, HP, and Siemens for their work as part of an international design team.

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Class of 2016 graduates from EDI Program

Segal Design Institute celebrated the newest graduates from our Master of Science Program in Engineering Design Innovation.

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Managing Directors of Moment Speak to MMM Students

The MMM program at the Segal Design Institute welcomed Josh Lucas-Falk and John Devanney of Moment for an event called “Integrate: Business + Design: How to get the most from your degrees in the corporate world.”

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Professor Greg Holderfield has received the inaugural Masahiro and Eiko Meshii Award for excellence in design education. Professor Holderfield is the co-director of the Segal Design Institute and director of our MMM program.

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MMM Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Proctor & Gamble challenged student teams to design a new foot care routine. The winning team included Nick Anastasiades, Natasha Singh, and Tom McIntyre from the MMM program.

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MMM Students Give Back to the Community

MMM students organized “Hoot for the Homeless,” a fundraiser for Kellogg School of Management students. Proceeds were donated to Connections for the Homeless, a local non-profit organization.

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Students in "Designing Product Interactions" Listen Closely

Students in "Designing Product Interactions" took a workshop in sound design led by Steve Milton, founder and CEO of Listen. Listen helps clients such as Microsoft, Tinder, Spotify, Virgin, and Audi shape user experience.

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How Reverse Innovation Can Help Everyone Move Forward

Amos Winter of MIT's GEAR Lab spoke to students at the Segal Design Institute about using the constraints of emerging markets to drive innovation.

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Twenty-Four Hours to Address a Twenty-Year-Old Problem

Nearly 80 graduate students from four Integrated Design Innovation programs – Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania, MIT and Carnegie Mellon – were tasked to inject innovative design into medicine.

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MMM Students Named Seibel Scholars

Two students enrolled in MMM, a dual-degree program between Segal Design Institute and the Kellogg School of Management, were named 2017 Seibel Scholars.

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While you sip on your morning coffee, read about how one alumnus from our Engineering Design Innovation program used the principles of human-centered design to create an alternative to the French press (via Chicago Inno).

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Taking Aim at Food Allergies

Engineering Design Innovation students targeted food allergy risks on college campuses with Dr. Ruchi Gupta from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Students in our Engineering Design Innovation program collaborated with Dr. Ruchi Gupta, associate professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, on an online toolkit and video to help colleges improve their support for food-allergic students.

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Design Solutions for Aging Well with AMITA

Three Northwestern students formed a multidisciplinary team and took the AMITA Health Design Challenge, a 24-hour design marathon for the next generation of problem solvers.

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Prototype Purple 2016

Segal Design Institute celebrated Homecoming at Northwestern University by playing one-of-a-kind games during "Prototype Purple."

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Making a Difference with Design

Students in the “Design Communication and Methods” course created posters for a non-profit organization while learning typography, color theory, and layout.

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Connecting Chicago to the Classroom

Chicago Ideas Week inspired city residents to think, dream and connect during October 17-23. Eleven students enrolled in courses at the Segal Design Institute were among the crowd, thanks to support provided by the Norman Fund.

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Wall Street Journal Features Segal Design Institute

Bruce Ankenman spoke with the Wall Street Journal about "Design Thinking and Communication," a course for freshman offered by the Segal Design Institute.

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MaDE Student Promotes Cycling Safety

An undergraduate pursuing a BS in Manufacturing & Design Engineering developed informational road signs that promote bikers’ use of hand signals.

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Fast Company Highlights Undergraduate Work

In the wake of IKEA recalling a popular furniture piece over safety concerns, Fast Company features projects by students from the Segal Design Institute. Students focused on making dressers "tip-proof" for children.

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Motorola Executive Jim Wicks Joins Faculty

Jim Wicks, senior vice president of consumer experience design at Motorola, joins the Segal Design Institute as a full-time faculty member. Wicks is responsible for the design of many of the top mobile products of the last decade.

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Northwestern Engineering Magazine's cover story explores design innovation at the Segal Design Institute. Learn how our students and faculty use design-centric tools and mindsets to create societal impact.

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Upcoming Events

Segal Seminar Series

Nicki Dell: Designing Mobile Technologies for Underserved Communities

February 21, 2017
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Nicki Dell of Cornell visits Segal to discuss building novel computer systems to improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions.

Design Expo

March 10 - March 11, 2017

A two-day event featuring innovative student projects and design portfolios.

Feature Item Photo

Skallagrim's Forge

Four Northwestern students collaborated over the course of twenty weeks to construct a visitor experience for an exhibit that celebrates the cultural importance of Skallagrim’s anvil stone, an artifact from the Icelandic tale of Egil's Saga.

read more
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Rest

SueSan Chen, a junior in the MaDE program, and Isabel Ngan, a senior majoring in Art Theory and Practice while pursuing the Segal Design Certificate, designed a multi-functional public seating piece called Rest.

read more
Feature Item Photo

Get Involved

Collaborate on research

Submit a project proposal

Hire our students

Support Segal

Volunteer to mentor or speak

learn more
Feature Item Photo

“Research Design Build” course inspires MMM alumnus and current students

For five weeks, MMM students worked to solve a real-world challenge posed to them by Harley-Davidson. During their final presentations, the CEO of Harley-Davidson and MMM alumnus, Matt Levatich, was sitting in the front row.

read more
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TA-DA - Undergraduates design expandable electric car

Four Northwestern students picked up the top award from the P.A.C.E. annual forum sponsored by General Motors, HP, and Siemens for their work as part of an international design team.

read more
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Class of 2016 graduates from EDI Program

Segal Design Institute celebrated the newest graduates from our Master of Science Program in Engineering Design Innovation.

read more
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Professor Greg Holderfield has received the inaugural Masahiro and Eiko Meshii Award for excellence in design education. Professor Holderfield is the co-director of the Segal Design Institute and director of our MMM program.

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MMM Students Give Back to the Community

MMM students organized “Hoot for the Homeless,” a fundraiser for Kellogg School of Management students. Proceeds were donated to Connections for the Homeless, a local non-profit organization.

read more
Feature Item Photo

Students in "Designing Product Interactions" Listen Closely

Students in "Designing Product Interactions" took a workshop in sound design led by Steve Milton, founder and CEO of Listen. Listen helps clients such as Microsoft, Tinder, Spotify, Virgin, and Audi shape user experience.

read more
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How Reverse Innovation Can Help Everyone Move Forward

Amos Winter of MIT's GEAR Lab spoke to students at the Segal Design Institute about using the constraints of emerging markets to drive innovation.

read more
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MMM Students Named Seibel Scholars

Two students enrolled in MMM, a dual-degree program between Segal Design Institute and the Kellogg School of Management, were named 2017 Seibel Scholars.

read more
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Taking Aim at Food Allergies

Engineering Design Innovation students targeted food allergy risks on college campuses with Dr. Ruchi Gupta from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

read more
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Students in our Engineering Design Innovation program collaborated with Dr. Ruchi Gupta, associate professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, on an online toolkit and video to help colleges improve their support for food-allergic students.

Feature Item Photo

Design Solutions for Aging Well with AMITA

Three Northwestern students formed a multidisciplinary team and took the AMITA Health Design Challenge, a 24-hour design marathon for the next generation of problem solvers.

read more
Feature Item Photo

Making a Difference with Design

Students in the “Design Communication and Methods” course created posters for a non-profit organization while learning typography, color theory, and layout.

read more
Feature Item Photo

Wall Street Journal Features Segal Design Institute

Bruce Ankenman spoke with the Wall Street Journal about "Design Thinking and Communication," a course for freshman offered by the Segal Design Institute.

read more
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MaDE Student Promotes Cycling Safety

An undergraduate pursuing a BS in Manufacturing & Design Engineering developed informational road signs that promote bikers’ use of hand signals.

read more
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Fast Company Highlights Undergraduate Work

In the wake of IKEA recalling a popular furniture piece over safety concerns, Fast Company features projects by students from the Segal Design Institute. Students focused on making dressers "tip-proof" for children.

read more
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Northwestern Engineering Magazine's cover story explores design innovation at the Segal Design Institute. Learn how our students and faculty use design-centric tools and mindsets to create societal impact.

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MMM student Kathryn Bernell won the Kellogg Venture Challenge with her product Re-Bucha, a kombucha product made with cosmetically imperfect produce. MMM is a dual-degree program jointly run by Kellogg and the Segal Design Institute.

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Rest

SueSan Chen, a junior in the MaDE program, and Isabel Ngan, a senior majoring in Art Theory and Practice while pursuing the Segal Design Certificate, designed a multi-functional public seating piece called Rest.

read more
Feature Item Photo

Informed by a Stanford course of the same name, "Designing Your Life" teaches students how to apply design thinking to life's bigger questions. Bruce Ankenman, co-director of the Segal Design Institute, and Pam Daniels, Segal’s design innovator in residence, developed Northwestern’s version of the course.

Feature Item Photo

Class of 2016 graduates from EDI Program

Segal Design Institute celebrated the newest graduates from our Master of Science Program in Engineering Design Innovation.

read more
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MMM Students Win Kellogg Business Design Challenge

Proctor & Gamble challenged student teams to design a new foot care routine. The winning team included Nick Anastasiades, Natasha Singh, and Tom McIntyre from the MMM program.

read more
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How Reverse Innovation Can Help Everyone Move Forward

Amos Winter of MIT's GEAR Lab spoke to students at the Segal Design Institute about using the constraints of emerging markets to drive innovation.

read more
Feature Item Photo

While you sip on your morning coffee, read about how one alumnus from our Engineering Design Innovation program used the principles of human-centered design to create an alternative to the French press (via Chicago Inno).

read more

Feature Item Photo

Design Solutions for Aging Well with AMITA

Three Northwestern students formed a multidisciplinary team and took the AMITA Health Design Challenge, a 24-hour design marathon for the next generation of problem solvers.

read more
Feature Item Photo

Connecting Chicago to the Classroom

Chicago Ideas Week inspired city residents to think, dream and connect during October 17-23. Eleven students enrolled in courses at the Segal Design Institute were among the crowd, thanks to support provided by the Norman Fund.

read more
Feature Item Photo

Fast Company Highlights Undergraduate Work

In the wake of IKEA recalling a popular furniture piece over safety concerns, Fast Company features projects by students from the Segal Design Institute. Students focused on making dressers "tip-proof" for children.

read more