We are delighted to announce our Visiting Lecture Series lineup for the Fall 2019 season. Read more below about Ari Melenciano, AnnMarie Thomas, Jane Penty, Noelle Marcus, and Elliot Montgomery below!


Ari Melenciano

Ari Melenciano is a Brooklyn-based artist, creative technologist and researcher who is passionate about exploring the relationships between various forms of design and the human experience. Much of her work and research lies at the intersection of human-computer interactive technologies, culture, speculative design and experimental pedagogy. Ari is a recent graduate and research fellow of NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). She is currently an adjunct professor at ITP and NYU's Photography department. She is founder of the social institution, Afrotectopia, which is most commonly experienced via their annual New Media Arts, Culture and Technology Festival.


AnnMarie Thomas

AnnMarie is a Professor in the School of Engineering and the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas, and founder and director of the Playful Learning Lab. The author of Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation, AnnMarie earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech, and an S.B. in Ocean Engineering (with a minor in Music) from MIT. She served as the Founding Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative, where her team established the national Maker Corps program and laid the groundwork for this nonprofit. 


Noelle Marcus

Noelle Marcus is the Co-founder and CEO of Nesterly, an award-winning platform for intergenerational homesharing. Her career has focused on building equitable cities through civic technology, entrepreneurship, public policy, and economic development. Over the past decade she has worked within and for cities around the world including Athens, Bogota, Boston, Detroit, Kampala, Kansas City, Oakland, Mexico City and New York. She is graduate of MIT’s Masters in Urban Planning program and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Barnard College.


Jane Penty

Jane Penty is a practicing designer and educator, and the author of the just-released Product Design and Sustainability: Strategies, Tools and Practice. Her current research is focused on the creative challenge of design to transform what and how we produce and consume, that naturally leads to why? It asks the pertinent question ‘How can the products we design add social, environmental and economic value rather than simply do less harm?’ After graduating from the RCA and working for London design consultancies for many years, Jane’s research, education and design practices now emerge in response to each other. In the last decade this has led to a diverse range of themes and activities revolving around public installations and competitions (Greenwich Millennium Village), (Portobello Green Lighting); community - education collaborations (project instigator and manager for the EU ERDF Interreg IIIa Avenue Verte Cyclestations Project); sustainable design strategies in education.


Elliot Montgomery

Elliott P. Montgomery is a design researcher and strategist and whose work focuses on speculative inquiries at the confluence of social, technological and environmental impact. He is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Design at Parsons School of Design, and co-founder of The Extrapolation Factory, a design-futures studio based in Brooklyn. He was a design research resident at the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, Energy. He holds a Master's in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London and a Bachelor's in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.