Faculty from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) lead and provide core instruction in the MDE program. Additional instructors and guest critics are routinely incorporated into MDE courses to provide area expertise and experience from professional practice.

Program Co-Directors

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Andrew Witt

Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture, GSD; Co-Founder, Certain Measures

Fawwaz Habbal

Senior Lecturer on Applied Physics, SEAS

Program Faculty

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Kipp Bradford

Preceptor in Engineering Sciences, SEAS; Chief Technology Officer, Gradient

Kathleen Brandenburg

Design Critic in Architecture, GSD; Co-founder of IA Collaborative

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Elizabeth Bowie Christoforetti

Assistant Professor in Practice of Architecture, GSD; Founding Principal, Supernormal

Mark F. Coughlin

Lecturer in Engineering Design, SEAS

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Jonathan Grinham

Assistant Professor of Architecture, GSD

Alexandros Haridis

Lecturer in Engineering Design, SEAS

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Jock Herron 

Design Critic in Design Engineering, GSD

Karen Korellis Reuther

Design Critic in Architecture, GSD

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Siqi Zhu

Preceptor in Engineering Sciences, SEAS; Director of Urban Technologies & Planning, Assoc. Principal, Sasaki

“I knew going into the program that our cohort would be made up of deeply talented individuals from a variety of backgrounds, and I anticipated that we would all have different skillsets and knowledge bases. What I did not anticipate was that our interests and ways of working would be so closely aligned: across the board, there’s a desire to think systematically, understand details, and make a positive contribution to society.”

-Brian Ho, MDE ’18-

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Gail Alderson

B.S. in Computer Science

Ghalya Alsanea

Bachelor of Architecture

Valentina Arango Low

B.S. Industrial Engineering

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Sneha Arvind

B.Des in Industrial Design; specialization in Furniture and Interior Design

Joachim Asare

B.S. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering

Max Bock-Aronson

B.S in Mechanical Engineering

Kamila Czachorowski

B.A. in Anthropology, Secondary in Computer Science

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Riad El Soufi

B.Eng. Civil Engineering

Darren Chin

Bachelor of Commerce, Operations Management

Akhil Dayal

B.A. in Mathematics

Sara Falkson

B.A in Human-Centered Design, Digital Arts, and Anthropology

Deepika Gopalakrishnan

Bachelor of Product Design

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Binita Gupta

B.S.E. in Computer Science

Malcolm Grba

M.A Teaching; B.S.M Finance; B.A Political Economy

Jingfei Huang

Bachelor of Architecture

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Aqdas Kamal

B.Eng. Materials Science and Engineering, MSc Biomedical and Bioengineering

Allison Karp

B.S. Aerospace Engineering with Minor in Mathematics

Vaishnavi Krishnamurthy


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Jessica Kwon

B.S. Psychology & Human-Computer Interaction

Mackenzie Li

B.S. & M.S. in Computer Science

Yiko Li

BFA Design & Technology; B.A. Interdisciplinary Science

Gelei (Grace) Mai

Bachelor of Architecture & B.F.A. in Fine Arts

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Lurein Perera

Computer Science and Economics

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Brandon Read

B.S. Computer Science

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Cedric-Pascal Sommer

B.S. in International Business Administration

Shivesh Sood

B.Eng. in Electronics Engineering

Julius Stein

B.A. in Computer Science, MEd in Curriculum and Teaching

Fatima Mamu

B.S. Electrical Engineering

Prachi Mehta

M.A. Communications; B.S. Engineering

Linh Pham

M.A. Visual Communications Design; B.A. Economics

Daniel Rodríguez Rodríguez

Biomedical Engineering

Hesan Sedaghat

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Hui-Ying Suk

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering & Geosciences

Siddharth UR

Bachelor of Design (B.Des) with a specialization in Industrial Design

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Connie Wang

Bachelor of Architecture

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Yujie Wang (王宇杰)

B.A. in Architecture with Environment & Energy Engineering; Master in Computational Design

Hua Wang

B.A. in Media Arts and Game Design

Vera (Yu) Wu

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Sangyu Xi

B.S. in Industrial Design

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Daeun Yoo

B.A. in Fine Arts, Minor in Business Administration

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Wenbo Zhang

Master of Architecture, Cornell University

Aman Kaleem

Visiting Artist at Harvard University, M.A. Mass Communication with specialization in Film

Abigail Swallow

B.S. in Social Policy

Priyanka Pillai 

Bachelor in Industrial Design 

Joyce Lee

B.F.A in Fiber and Material Studies, M.F.A in Design for Emerging Technologies

MDE alumni take the skills, tools, and techniques developed during the program into a variety of fields, industries, and research institutions. Some MDE alumni work for large corporations, others for startups, non-profits, or in the academy. Their pursuits are as diverse as their backgrounds, and several have started ventures based on work in the MDE program.

Featured Alumni Stories

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Nupur Gurjar

Students in Dialogue: A conversation with MDE candidate Nupur Gurjar

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Maximilian Mueller

Students in Dialogue: A Conversation with Maximilian Mueller

Alumni Directory

The following listing includes a selection of MDE alumni.

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Taylor Greenberg Goldy

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Mitsue Guerrero Monsalve

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Elizabeth Price

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Michael Raspuzzi

The MDE Industry Advisors are a group of industry experts from diverse fields—design, engineering, education, consulting, technology, and more. They are regularly invited to join reviews of student work and provide career advice, or might advise a second year ‘Independent Design Engineering Project’ (IDEP). The interdisciplinary expertise of our industry advisors reflects the innovation, ingenuity, goals, and values of the program, and provides invaluable support to the collaborative nature of MDE.

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Sean Chiao

Group CEO, Surbana Jurong Group

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Dana Cho

Chief Design Officer, Verily Life Sciences

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Karen Harris

Managing Director of Macro Trends Group, Bain & Company

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Jonathan Hursh

Founding Partner, Utopia

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Ana Pinto da Silva

CEO, 2G3R Inc.

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David Radcliffe

Former VP of Real Estate and Workplace Services, Google

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Wolfgang Rieder


Brian Stacy

Principal, Project Director, Research Leader, Global Skills Lighting Leader, Arup

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Randy Swearer

Vice President, Learning Futures, Autodesk

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Harry West

Professor of Practice, Columbia University; Principal at Invisible Design

“I remember in the first advisory board meeting that we, as advisors, looked at each other and said we would love to be students in the program ourselves. It was remarkable to see leaders of IDEO, frog, and AECOM be provoked with a childlike curiosity to learn again. The ambition and audacity of the program drew this out in them. I know we shared a keen sense that it is critical for the world that we produce designers who can handle the complexity that is rushing our way.”

-Jonathan Hursh, Founder of Utopia-