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DDes February Forum for 2022

February Forum

Student Research Symposium

DDes Student Research Symposium

Wednesday and Thursday, February 16-17, 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Please join us for a virtual student research symposium as members of DDes cohorts 1-4 give poster presentations on their research progress to date. Presentations will be spread out over two days and are divided into four categories: Environmental and Spatial Design; Design Education, Materials, Theory, and Research; Human-Computer Interactions, Digital Design and Communication; and Engaged Social Design and Organization Strategies.

Each student will have 12-15 minutes for their presentation with roughly 10 minutes for audience feedback and conversation. For this year’s research symposium we have a panel of expert reviewers (research specialists, hybrid practitioners, and advanced doctoral students) to lead discussion and evaluate student presentations.


Day 1 Presentations

Wednesday, February 16, 9 am – 1 pm

Group 1: Environmental and Spatial Design

Group 2: Design Education, Materials, Theory & Research


  • Associate Dean Sharon Joines, Ph.D., Professor of Industrial Design, NC State College of Design
  • Lesley-Ann Noel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art + Design and D.Des program co-instructor, NC State College of Design
  • Molly Briggs, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Design for Responsible Innovation, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, Vice President for Landscape Urbanism and Resilience, the Collaborative; NC State College of Design Leaders Council Board member

Day Two Presentations

Thursday, February 17, 9 am – 1 pm

Group 3: Human-Computer Interactions, Digital Design & Communication

Group 4: Engaged Social Design & Organization Strategies


  • Deb Littlejohn, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Graphic Design, NC State College of Design 
  • Renae Mantooth, Ph.D., Design Researcher, HKS Inc.; D.Des program co-instructor, NC State College of Design
  • Philip Plowright, Ph.D., Department Chair and Professor of Architecture Design and Design Theory, Lawrence Technological University

Past Immersion Weeks

View speaker information, agendas and past recordings of immersion weeks: