Louise Manfredi, Ph.D.

Louise Manfredi, Ph.D., IDSA
Assistant Professor, Industrial & Interaction Design, Syracuse University

Louise Manfredi, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of industrial and interaction design in the School of Design at Syracuse University. She is the faculty lead of the invent@SU student accelerator program from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and a faculty fellow at the Syracuse Center of Excellence.
Dr. Manfredi has two areas of research interest; (1) sustainable material testing, development, and adoption within product design prototyping, and (2) improving the working relationship between designers and STEM practitioners. Louise earned both her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (2011) and B.Des in product design (2006) from the University of Leeds, UK.



Design for Sustainability Ability: Exploring Supply and Demand

This presentation discusses research-in-progress that seeks to understand the relationship between what design for sustainability (DfS) skills are taught in higher education, and what DfS skills are desired by industry. Sharing our preliminary results that look at the prominence of Design for Sustainability in universities in Australia, the UK, and the USA, we evaluate how academia has responded to the call to action from thought leaders in the circular economy, green capitalism, and cradle to cradle methodologies. We compare the current data with data collected a decade ago to track progress and now seek to open a dialog with design practitioners to understand DfS demand.

Does industry want industrial designers who have DfS ability? How highly is the ability prioritized? Is focused knowledge in sustainability preferred to a broader understanding? Ultimately, we want to understand how wide the chasm between Design for Sustainability supply and demand is, and strategize ways in which academia and industry can work together to bridge the gap.