Professor Don Carr joins the LaunchPad as a Faculty Entrepreneur in Residence

The LaunchPad is pleased to announce that Professor Don Carr will be joining us as our inaugural Faculty Entrepreneur in Residence this fall.  Professor Carr, is an internationally known designer and design educator. He is also the program coordinator for the MFA in Design as well as the Industrial and Interaction Design Program. As an industrial designer, he has multiple research interests including Biomimicry, Inclusive Design, and Design Thinking.

Since joining the VPA faculty in 1995, Don has contributed to numerous interdisciplinary efforts throughout our campus. He is currently a CoE faculty fellow, a member of Aging Studies Institute, the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute, the Alliance of Disability and Social Work Advisory Board and Arise Adaptive Design.

Prior to teaching, he worked for companies such as AT&T, NCR and Savin Corporation. He also consults for companies such as Motorola Solutions, K2, and RAM ID. Don holds numerous patents, and his work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. He’s also currently building a tiny house in the Adirondacks out of reclaimed materials.

He is currently collaborating with the LaunchPad and Inclusive U on a new Intelligence ++ initiative, and is also teaching DES400/DES600 in the LaunchPad this academic year. Intelligence ++ is an innovative, interdisciplinary program focused on inclusive entrepreneurship and design that is a partnership of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars (LaunchPad) at Syracuse University Libraries, the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education (InclusiveU) and the  College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) through a generous donation by Gianfranco Zaccai ’70 H’09 and the Zaccai Foundation for Augmented Intelligence (Intelligence++). The program offers new courses culminates in a design and entrepreneurship competition with $30,000 in prizes in spring 2020.

Don will be available Thursday and Friday from 9:00 until 11:00 virtually over Zoom to work with students on innovation, strategy, usability, sustainability, prototyping, future forecasting and product positioning.