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Stephanie Szemetylo

Stephanie Szemetylo

Graduate Student, MDes Program

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Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, University of Cincinnati

Biography

Stephanie Szemetylo is an industrial designer who is passionate about investigating humanity-centered dilemmas and working at the intersection of design and sustainability. Using creative and analytical modalities, she seeks to apply integrative design methodology to develop environmentally responsible products, services, and systems. 

Stephanie gained diverse professional experience through her undergraduate university’s cooperative education program to inform how her design career would take shape. After internships designing fashion jewelry and watches at Fossil to designing laparoscopic surgical devices at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, she struck a balance between aesthetic sensitivity and meaningful problem solving at Kohler Co. There, she designed the initial prototypes for Real Rain, an overhead shower panel delivering a luxurious yet water efficient rainfall experience with 775 nozzles. This new-to-world, brand-building product was issued numerous patents, where she is listed as co-inventor, and has earned a Red Dot Design Award for Product Design, an International Design Excellence Award - Silver, and an iF Design Award.

Continuing full time at Kohler, Stephanie worked on a range of kitchen and bathroom projects, design research inquires, and sustainability efforts. Her most rewarding contributions were designing prototypes for safe sanitation in the Indian market with funding from the Gates Foundation and facilitating workshops with the company’s Design for Environment team to identify opportunities to reduce the impact of products in development using a lifecycle framework. 

At Stamps, Stephanie is looking forward to collaborating with her peers and enhancing her skills in design research, systems and strategy design, and co-design. Within her cohort’s umbrella topic of equity and access in food systems, she is most excited about local food production networks and pro-environmental consumption.

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