Faculty / Staff


Rick Auburn, Technician, Industrial/Interior Design

Rick maintains the shop and studio area, supporting the various needs of our students, faculty, and staff. He assists members of the department in capacities such as operating machines, using tools, acquiring supplies, repairing, improvising, and research & development for projects. Rick joined the Industrial/Interior Design Department in 1986 after beginning his career at RIT as a technician in the College of Science in 1974.




David Austin, Adjunct, Industrial Design

Dave is a curious and creative interdisciplinary designer. He received his Industrial Design degree from RIT in 1974 and returns to share his broad design experience and understanding with students. Dave’s career began in advertising, graphic design and way-finding. While working in industrial design consulting firms his projects included consumer and industrial products, packaging, interpretive signage. Continuing his career at Hasbro Toys he developed toy concepts, acquired design patents and valuable exposure to the toy industry. His architectural and marketing skill sets expanded as he moved into trade-show design for clients including Xerox, Eastman Kodak, Hitachi and Sharp Electronics. Dave continues to work as an independent design consultant. His recent projects include work for the Norman Rockwell Museum, Strong Museum of Play, Genesee Country Village & Museum, Fisher-Price Toys, the City of Rochester, NY. Dave balances his design work with his other passions of living history and the wilderness experience.


Callie Babbitt, Associate Professor, Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Dr. Callie Babbitt is an Associate Professor in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT, where she conducts research on the environmental implications of emerging technologies, including consumer electronics, nanomaterials, and lithium ion batteries. She has over 30 published scholarly articles and conference proceedings on topics such as material flow analysis, life cycle assessment, sustainable design, and industrial ecology.



Byron Conn, Adjunct, Industrial Design

Byron Conn is a Furniture Designer and Entrepreneur exploring the integration of technology within design and manufacturing. His company, Byron Conn Design, designs and manufactures luxury, handmade furniture collections and products. His furniture has received awards at ICFF, design competitions, and national exhibits. Conn’s mentors have played a significant role in his professional growth, and seeks to have the same positive impact with his students.

When it comes to design his philosophy is to leave no detail forgotten, including business, manufacturing and social impact. With technology’s influence over design he believes it is imperative to understand the strengths and weaknesses of digital methods.


Graham Carson, Lecturer, Industrial Design

Graham Carson spent his youth running around the woods of western PA. He has been teaching 3D Foundations at RIT since 1998 and joined the ID Department in 2013 teaching Materials and Processes.

He has also taught Metalsmithing elective classes for the School for American Crafts and The History of Crafts for the Art History department of CIAS. Graham has taught 3D and Metalsmithing at Nazareth College of Rochester, and summer metals and design classes at the Fuji Studio in Florence, Italy.

Graham runs his own metals studio focusing on both bladesmithing and traditional Japanese metalworking techniques, metal restoration and toolmaking. He is also a woodworker and painter.



Wendell Castle, Artist-in-Residence, RIT

Wendell Castle has been a sculptor, designer and educator for over 4 decades. He is known throughout the world for his innovative designs in wood, plastic and bronze. Mr. Castle’s work is represented in many major museum collections throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. These include the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York; the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.; The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Detroit Art Institute, the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institutions (New York, NY), the Victoria Albert Museum, London, England, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO).  He has been recognized many times over for his contributions to the design and art field in the United States, having received numerous awards, grants and honors for his accomplishments. These include three honorary doctoral degrees, several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gold Medal Award and being named a Fellow by the American Craft Council, listing in Who’s Who in American Art, the Golden Plate award from the American Academy of Achievement, the Visionaries award from the Museum of Art & Design, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Kansas School of Fine Arts, The Award of Distinction from the Furniture Society, the Outstanding Achievement Award, from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the Lifetime Achievement Award For Excellence in Design from The Brooklyn Museum  of Art.  In addition to having a strong career as an artist, Mr. Castle has contributed to the education of others who aspire to be artists.  He began teaching in 1960 at Kansas University and would later move to Rochester, New York to teach at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the State University of New York at Brockport.  From 1980-88, Wendell Castle operated his own art school at his studio in Scottsville, New York.  Many of his students have gone on to teach and have successful careers in the arts and design field.  He is currently on the staff of RIT as Artist-in-Residence and is asked to exhibit, lecture and teach at many educational institutions throughout the world.


Seth Eshelman, Adjunct, Industrial Design

Seth, a young entrepreneur and designer, was exposed to architecture, design and carpentry at a very young age and has been strongly influenced by his schooling in the United States and Scandinavia. As the owner and principal designer of Staach, a collaborative design and manufacturing group adhering strongly to a sustainable design manifesto, he has developed an experimental design style and manufacturing concept that exceeds the limitations of contemporary philosophies, and garnered international recognition. This approach has led the company to the top of their industry, allowing them the opportunity to influence others that share the in the pursuit of creating a sustainable, holistic way of life. As a former student and Alumni of the Industrial Design program at RIT, he comes into the program as a new addition to their adjunct staff, adding the experience he has learned in the industry and applying it through new methods in the design studio.



Dan Harel, Adjunct, Industrial Design

Dan is a professional industrial and furniture designer. His 30-year hands-on career has focused on consumer and commercial design innovation, and on research related to home and workplace of the future.

Dan worked with, and was influenced by world-renowned designer, strategist and philosopher William E. Stumpf (1936-2006) of Herman Miller Corporation and by architect and painter Arthur Goldreich (1929-2011). At Eastman Kodak Company, Dan focused on inspiring a vision for future user experiences through design innovation, understanding consumer needs and trends and defining new business opportunities for the company.

He is the inventor or co-inventor of numerous US and international patents relating to digital imaging, wireless communication networks, digital display systems and metadata. Dan is also the principal and co-owner of Invision Design Partners, LLC, a residential and business interior design firm established in 2008 in Rochester, NY. Dan holds Bachelor’s (B.ID) and Master’s (MFA) degrees in Design from Bezalel, Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem, Israel and from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan respectively. He has taught and mentored design students throughout his career.



Mike Kane, Adjunct, Industrial Design

After graduating in 1987 from RIT’s Industrial Design Undergraduate Program, Mike went on to design baby gear at Fisher Price, sporting goods at KEK Associates and housewares at Kane Design where he is the owner and principal designer.  He has worked in both corporate and consulting positions and has a broad spectrum of experience that he wishes to share with students.  Product innovation is what Mike is most passionate about as part of the design process.   Understanding needs and developing creative solutions is the foundation of his approach to his studio courses.



Paul Klock, Adjunct, Industrial Design

Paul is a graduate of RIT where he earned a BFA in industrial design in 1990. Since 1991, as the industrial design manager and creative director at KEK Associates Inc., Paul has lead a team of diversely talented designers, many of whom are and have been graduates of the industrial design program at RIT . Throughout his career, he and his team have won numerous design awards from Business Week, IDEA, CES Innovations, IF Mark, and GOOD Design.  In addition, he has personally received more than 20 design patents and has had a key role in the design & development of consumer and commercial products for many national and internationally recognized clients.  Creative thinking, problem solving, compelling styling, and hard work is what Paul believes to be the formula for innovation and user delight through design.  Paul currently teaches undergraduate students how to prepare and execute a design process in there class work and shares his philosophy on client management to best prepare students for real world experiences.



Kevin Lang, Adjunct, Industrial Design

He is a recent RIT graduate where he earned my BFA in Industrial Design in 2015. Young designer at KEK Associates working with teams of designers, engineers, and model makers. Adjunct professor teaching Advanced CAD Applications, where he enjoys teaching students the diverse SolidWorks tools that will help them become successful in their careers.


Bruce Leonard, Lecturer, Department Co-Chair

Bruce joins the RIT adjunct faculty after a 32 year career at Eastman Kodak Company where he was Manager of Industrial Design for Kodak’s consumer digital cameras. He received his BID from Syracuse University in 1975 where he studied under Arthur Pulos, FIDSA. After graduation, Bruce joined Pulos Design Associates in Syracuse where he participated with a variety of clients including Piper Aircraft, Dictaphone and Rockwell. In 1977 Bruce joined SU classmate and RIT Senior Lecturer, Alan Reddig, at Harris Corporation in Rochester to help develop traditional 2-way radios as well as pioneer new communications products in the emerging digital space. Bruce moved across town to join Kodak in 1980 and enjoyed a career designing copiers, clinical diagnostic equipment, document imaging systems, x-ray machines, slide projectors, film and digital cameras, and inkjet printers. He has led design teams whose work has been recognized by IDEA, iF, Good Design, RedDot and is the author or co-author of 21 US patents.



Alex Lobos, Associate Professor, Graduate Director, Industrial Design

Alex was born in Guatemala, where he started his career as industrial designer. He moved to the U.S. in 2002 and since then he has focused on sustainability, emotional attachment and user-centered design. At RIT he is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design, Miller Professor for International Education, and extended program faculty at Golisano Institute for Sustainability. He frequently publishes, lectures and teaches throughout U.S., Canada, México, Guatemala, Panamá, Perú, Colombia and Taiwan. His research and academic work has been sponsored by companies such as Autodesk, AT&T, Colgate-Palmolive, General Electric, Kraft, Staples, Sun Products, Unilever and Wegmans. He is also member of Autodesk University’s advisory council and Material Design Journal’s editorial board.

Alex is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a MFA from the University of Notre Dame and a BID from Universidad Rafael Landivar. Prior to RIT, Alex was faculty at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Universidad Rafael Landivar, as well as Industrial Designer for General Electric. He also loves marathon running and has been drummer for Guatemalan rock bands Bohemia Suburbana and Malacates Trebol Shop.



Chris Lyons, Adjunct, Industrial Design

Chris is an Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Branding and Social Media Consultant, Educator and avid basketball player. His clients include magazines, ad agencies, design firms, book publishers, big retail chains, airlines, and an organic food company. But his first love is teaching. Chris has been teaching at RIT since 2004 and has loved every second of it. He maintains lifelong connections with his students and mentors them well beyond their days in school. Nothing pleases Chris more than the successes of his students.



Mindy Magyar, Assistant Professor, Industrial Design

Previously with the Smithsonian Institution, Mindy Magyar is an accomplished executive with experience in art/design, design strategy, and business development. Before joining RIT, Mindy managed large-scale capital projects for Smithsonian Enterprises, partnering with the Smithsonian’s nineteen museums to develop the commercial activities of the Institution. She was also a founding faculty member of the MBA/MA Design Leadership Program, a dual degree program at Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins University focused on building the management and innovation capacity of designers, engineers, and business people aiming to be transformative leaders.



Yolegmma Marquez, Adjunct, Industrial Design

Yolegmma Marquez studied Graphic Design at the University of Los Andes, Venezuela before attaining her first Master’s Degree in Exhibition Design at Elisava, University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. After studying and develop several projects in Barcelona, she returned to teach at ULA, winning awards for her work as an educator. During four years she taught visual communication and CAD to Industrial design students and a module of exhibition design in the Master program of Design, Management and Product Development at ULA and the Polytechnic University of Valencia. While director of the ULA School of Industrial Design, she was awarded with the prestigious Fulbright-LASPAU scholarship for postgraduate studies at RIT. During her student experience at RIT in parallel to classes Yolegmma worked as graduate teacher assistant with the professors Alex Lobos and Stan Rickel, was twice finalist at the IDEA international design competition, and won a design challenge for the company GE with a sustainable home appliance with a team project. After getting the status of Student Expert with the company Autodesk, Yolegmma was selected for giving an exclusive interview for the portal of Autodesk Education Community –successful stories. Having completed her graduate studies Yolegmma is now the Project Manager of Studio 930 a multidisciplinary design and innovation group committed to accessibility in daily living and healthcare applications. She is currently an adjunct professor teaching graphic tactics for undergraduate level, and an experimental studio for graduate students focused on social innovation, sustainable design and, empathic design.








Gary Molinari, Lecturer, Industrial Design

Unsure if he is a designer or teacher first, Gary Molinari teaches from the philosophy that “DesIgn is dEsiGn is deSigN.” He loves the beauty and functionality of design. He believes that through the application of common fundamental design principles, one’s level of sensitivity and awareness to design, and its process, can be enhanced. He is a strong proponent that we all need to be life-long learners. He fosters a cooperative learning environment in his classes.  Gary holds a BFA in Industrial Design and a Master’s of Science degree. He has done exhibit, graphic, package, and product design for numerous national and international companies. In the plastics industry, he worked with high tech polymers while pushing state of the art processes to produce new products and applications for the marketplace. Having taught competitive gymnastics for more than two decades, Gary brings an extensive knowledge of human physiology, bio-mechanics and kinesiology to the ID program at RIT. He has had original photography work published in international newspapers and magazines. In the field of residential landscape design (truly, “green” design), Gary strives to change the face of the scenic environment “one yard at a time.” Good luck! It is not uncommon to hear him break out in fluent Italian when students who are learning or know the language indentify themselves.



Melissa Moukperian, Assistant Professor, Industrial Design

Melissa is a textile and soft goods designer that loves anything and everything to do with fiber, yarn, and textiles. She holds a B.S. in Textiles & Apparel from Cornell University and a M.S. in Textile Design from Philadelphia University. Melissa has designed prints and jacquard knits as a textile designer at Malden Mills Industries (now Polartec¨ LLC), infant bedding and accessories as a soft goods designer for Kids Line LLC, and prints, color palettes, and engraver files as a print designer for Target Corporation. Working at a textile mill, as a vendor, and at a retail company have allowed her the invaluable opportunity to experience and understand the textile and apparel industry from all sides. Melissa is an avid knitter, who also enjoys weaving, spinning, crochet, dyeing, felting, embroidery, bobbin lace, sewing, cross-stitch, quilting, and any other fiber-related activity she can get her hands on.


Josh Owen, Professor, Department Chair

Josh Owen joined the faculty of industrial design in the Fall of 2010. He comes to RIT having previously taught for a decade at Philadelphia University where he held the position of Associate Professor and the title Craig R. Benson Chair for Innovation. He also held the position of Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design where he developed programming that served the design, engineering and business schools under the umbrella of Integrated Product Design. Owen is also the president of Josh Owen LLC. His professional projects are produced by major manufacturers and have won many awards. Owen’s work is included in the permanent design collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Denver Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, the Chicago Athenaeum and the Museum of American Jewish History. His students’ works have won awards, been exhibited and featured in international publications and critical venues and have been put into mass production prior to graduation. Owen’s professional work has been featured in major exhibitions, numerous books on design and is regularly included in critical design discourse. Besides teaching in the industrial design department, Owen is actively involved in supporting the mission of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies.



Alan Reddig, Adjunct, Industrial Design

Alan Reddig, IDSA, began teaching at RIT after a 33-year professional career in industrial design, manufacturing and design management at Eastman Kodak Company, DCA Ltd. and Harris/RF Communications. (Also in the mix is several years as a professional musician in the ’60s and ’70s.) He has deep professional corporate and consultant design experience in photographic equipment and systems, computers, telecommunications systems, photocopiers, film and document scanners, and retail kiosks. His work has resulted in one European and seven U.S. patents, and been recognized with the iF Award by the iF International Forum Design GmbH in Hannover, Germany.

Reddig has served as Chairman of the Central NY Chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), and on the IDSA Board of Directors.

His teaching emphasis is very student-focused; he has been the Faculty Advisor for RIT’s IDSA Student Chapter for many years. Keenly interested in 20th-century design history, Reddig teaches the program’s industrial design and furniture design history courses, in addition to Professional Practice and several design studio courses across all undergraduate levels.

In his spare time, he is Director and snare drummer of the East Rochester Fire Department Band.



Lorianne Resch, Adjunct, Industrial Design

Lori is a Rochester native but has lived and worked in a variety of other cities. After graduating with a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Notre Dame, she worked briefly as a giftware designer before returning to Rochester and earning her MFA in ID from RIT. She began teaching as a graduate student, and has continued teaching in one form or another ever since. She had a part in helping with the early exhibit development and educational programming for Discovery World in Milwaukee, WI, and moved on from there to work as a Graphic artist for a children’s clothing company. Lori has also done a fair amount of contract design work, largely in the toy industry. She loves the storytelling aspects of design, and especially enjoys conceptualizing, illustrating, and fabricating children’s products, books, soft goods, and tabletop items.



Stan Rickel, Associate Professor, Industrial Design

Stan is a generalist at heart and possesses a wide range of design interests and skills. As an accomplished cabinetmaker, he has designed and crafted furniture for many private clients throughout the US, while his skills in the fabrication and engineering of sculptural work fostered collaborations with artists such as Denis Oppenheim and Ed Rothfarb. Shortly after graduating from Pratt with his BID, Stan was appointed as senior designer for Charles Pollock International, and went on to establish his own firm. As a principle of Rickel Jackson Design, Stans’ clients include: Farberware, Anchor Hocking Glassware, Conair, Mel Appel, Mattel, Galoob, Hasbro, Tiger Electronics, Trimark, united chair, Les Prismatiques, and George Kovacs.  As an educator for the last 15 years, Stan has taught at Pratt Institute and Syracuse University prior to joining Rochester Institute of Technology’s Industrial Design Program in 2001, where he acted as the Department Chair and is currently the Graduate Coordinator. Stan has authored, co-authored papers and presented papers on subjects ranging from experiential learning to interactive design to abstraction in the 21st century. In 2009, Design Intelligence named Stan as one of the most respected design faculty in the US. Stan continues to design artifacts and ideas for clients, and has also been known to sneak into the studio and build something just for fun. His areas of current research and interest include, sensible design, Dr. Seuss, whole/brain thinking, abstractions and perception, emergent properties of artifacts and environments and most importantly, education of the next generation of brilliant designers. Stan also holds a MID from Syracuse University.



Amos Scully, Associate Professor, CIAS Foundations

Amos Scully spent his formative years in Maine before he attended RIT for Industrial Design. He then headed to San Francisco eventually returning to California College of the Arts for an MFA in Sculpture/Furniture. After spending a year teaching in Milwaukee, Amos landed back at RIT where he now teaches I.D. sophomores, and in the Foundations Program. Scully’s collaborative installations utilize a variety of media and scale, expressing the concepts through works that degrade, dissolve, or discolor over time.



Bridget Sheehan, Adjunct, Industrial Design

Bridget Sheehan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication from Ball State University. She is currently pursuing her master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design at Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to attending RIT, Bridget lived and worked in Chicago as a freelance graphic designer. In addition to her professional work, she began honing her woodworking skills by designing and building custom pieces, focusing primarily on furniture. At RIT, Bridget worked as Teaching Assistant to furniture designer Wendell Castle, which led to her employment as an intern/ apprentice at Castle’s Scottsville, NY studio. In 2013, Bridget was recognized by world-renowned software company, Autodesk, for her work as a beta-tester for Fusion 360. Bridget was the recipient of the 2014 GlassLab Fellowship Award from RIT Industrial Design and will participate in a GlassLab Design program at the Corning Museum of Glass after graduation.



Kim Sherman, Senior Lecturer, Industrial Design

Kim has taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology since 1991. He encourages his students to take a comprehensive approach to the design of products, effectively integrating function, aesthetics, ergonomics, and manufacturing while considering the social and environmental impact of their design decisions.  Kim began his career in industrial design in 1988 and founded Think Design, LLC in 1995. He enjoys developing elegant solutions to very complex design problems. His portfolio includes a broad spectrum of products including heads-up computer displays, iontophoresis device for transdermal medicine delivery, heavy equipment for road construction, pressure diagnostics model for building weatherization training, folding recumbent bicycle, and a modular construction toy. He has an MFA in Industrial Design from RIT. Kim holds two US patents. (A third is pending.)



Marissa Tirone, Lecturer, 3D / Industrial Design

Marissa Tirone joined the School of Design in the fall of 2013. She holds a BArch from the University of Kentucky and an MArch II from Cornell University. She has taught, at the graduate and undergraduate levels, design studio, thesis, representation, fine arts, and international field studies at Cornell University and Syracuse University. Marissa has taught in programs in Latin America, Eastern Europe, and most recently in the Syracuse University School of Architecture’s program in Florence, Italy.

Her research investigates the relationship between representation and architecture through the intersection of fine art practices and the built environment. Marissa engages various creative platforms via collaboration with architecture firms, consultation with clients, and participation in design competitions. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and won numerous awards. Her work was recently displayed and presented at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City and as part of the Think Space conference in Zagreb, Croatia.



Sandra Turner, Adjunct, Industrial Design

Sandra is a native of Rochester, NY and graduate of Rochester Institutue of Technology with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design.  She has a multidisciplinary background in design, business and art and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from SUNY Brockport.  After graduating from RIT, she founded Rove Design Group, a design consultancy firm focused on design thinking and concept development.  In 2015, Sandra co-founded Viggi Kids, Corp. together with fellow alum and inventor, Christalyn Snyder (BFA, Industrial Design, ’11).
Sandra & Christalyn met while they were studying Industrial Design at RIT. Both shared a passion for helping children and were independently creating objects to be used in learning environments as part of their thesis research. Sandra was working on trying to commercialize her thesis design, Vidget and Christalyn’s product Digit Widgit was in the making.  They decided since their products rhymed, it was meant for them to join forces and work together to enter the market.  A little while later, the dream of Viggi Kids was born.  Creating play environments that help to stimulate and foster children’s learning is the foundation of Viggi Kids. They take a “whole child approach” targeted toward not just literacy learning but also inspiring the child’s creativity, imagination and self-confidence.
Sandra and Christalyn celebrate the design thinking process and are dedicated to sustainability. They plan to provide customers with the “story” of how their products “came to life.”  Through videos, images and interactive graphics, the story of how the product concept started, its development and manufacturing process, and what it took to get to the end-user will be shared as part of the story-telling process.
She has co-authored/co-presented papers at the International Conference on Teaching and Learning and Electronics & Sustainability: Design for Energy and the Environment Symposium and at the IDSA International Conference in the area of using design in the classroom to inspire sustainable change.
Sandra shares her passion for Design Thinking as an Adjunct Professor at RIT in the School of Design and Saunders College of Business. She also coaches multidisciplinary student teams on the design and new product commercialization process in the Simone Center for Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship.  Sandra challenges herself and students to go beyond the unknown and explore the impossible to find the possible.




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