About

Stacy Benjamin co-directs the Segal Design Certificate program with John Anderson. She is an expert in engineering design process, innovation strategies, and project management, resulting from 10 years of industry experience at IDEO and independent innovation consulting.

Benjamin strongly believes in learning-by-doing, and she works to structure class project experiences as close to industry experiences as possible. She encourages students to think critically throughout the design process. Asking the right questions can prevent you from solving the wrong problem.

Benjamin has also been building a network of Segal Affiliates, specialists in industry from a range of companies in the Chicagoland area. The affiliates interact with students through design reviews, guest lectures, project support, and more. This gives students another window on how engineering is applied in the real world and a chance to begin building their own networks.