Graduate Programs

MDes Faculty Advisors

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Close working relationships with faculty are a key component of graduate study at Stamps.

Faculty offer a broad spectrum of research and professional experiences, serving as the primary support for students in academic planning, advising and addressing challenges.

Each MDes team member is assigned a faculty advisor who serves as a mentor and guide. Applicants are asked to identify three faculty members from the list below who they feel would be suitable mentors and advisors during their course of study.

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Audrey Bennett
Audrey Bennett

MDes Program Director, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor

  • Participatory and human-centered design
  • Scholarly writing on design
  • Human subjects and field research
  • Interactive aesthetics
  • Graphic design and typography
Sophia Brueckner

Assistant Professor

  • UX/interaction design
  • health and wellbeing technology
  • digital fabrication
  • generative systems
  • wearables
  • design ethics
Deepa Butoliya
Deepa Butoliya

Assistant Professor

  • Industrial Design
  • Speculative and Critical design
  • Low-resource making (jugaad)
  • Decoloniality
  • Architecture
Roland Graf

Associate Professor

  • architecture
  • Object design
  • Human interface development
  • Interactive installation
John Marshall

Associate Professor, MDes Program Founder

  • digital fabrication
  • tangible user interfaces
  • design methods
  • problem-based learning
  • cross-disciplinary design
  • design research & scholarship
Kelly M. Murdoch-Kitt

Assistant Professor

  • collaboration
  • design research
  • graphic design
  • user experience and interaction design
  • service design
Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo


  • publication design
  • interface design
  • exhibition design
  • design research & scholarship
Sun Young Park

Assistant Professor

  • human computer interaction
  • user experience design and design research
  • computer-supported cooperative work
  • health/medical informatics
  • social computing
Hannah Smotrich

Associate Professor

  • publication design
  • environmental
  • graphic design
  • community design collaborations
  • visual identity systems
Bruce Tharp

Associate Professor

  • sociocultural anthropology
  • mechanical engineering
  • industrial design
  • commercial & speculative product design
  • design entrepreneurship
Stephanie Tharp


  • design process
  • interdisciplinary and team-based design
  • critical design practices
  • design research
Nick Tobier

Professor, Senior Counsel to the Provost on Civic Engagement

  • landscape architecture
  • public projects & actions
  • social entrepreneurship
  • critical & speculative writing
Joseph Trumpey

Associate Professor

  • ecological design
  • permaculture design
  • natural materials & building
  • community based design build
  • constrained resource design