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MIT MAD announces cohort of future world-changing designers

MIT MAD reveals fellows for 2023-24

 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology announces their cohort of fellows for the prestigious Morningside Academy for Design (MIT MAD) program, 2023-24. MIT MAD offers opportunities for students, faculty, and the general public to explore the intersection of design, technology, and social impact. Eleven designers were awarded the highly competitive fellowship, destined to make a real-world impact in fields such as sustainability, architecture, health, and social justice.

MIT MAD announces cohort of future world-changing designers
Ganit Goldstein examines the connection between technology and tradition through a combination of traditional weaving, computer engineering, and 3D design and printing

all images courtesy of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

 

 

creative design hub for MIT

 

The renowned Institute established MAD to form a design focal point at MIT, where students can excel creatively. The one-year fellowship provides full tuition support, a stipend, and health insurance, to current Master’s or PhD candidates from diverse MIT design departments. Eligible students enter a rigorous nomination and selection process, examining how their design approach can positively impact communities and the environment. Fellows are encouraged to engage with designers, researchers, and peers, and participate in MAD’s activities, such as a weekly lunch seminar, and public programming, thus fostering the sharing of ideas with the greater design community.

MIT MAD announces cohort of future world-changing designers
Prathima Muniyappa investigates alternative cosmologies and cultural ontologies for their potential contribution to emerging discourse on techno-imaginaries in the realm of space exploration, synthetic biology and extended intelligence

 

 

MAD fellows tackle world problems through design

 

The MAD Fellowship provides freedom for graduate students to explore their areas of passion and to bring their design skills to the world’s problems,‘ explains Professor John Ochsendorf, founding director of MIT MAD. ‘The Design Fellows are really talented, diverse designers from many different backgrounds, who come together, share their work, learn from each other, and go out into the world energized to apply design to solving difficult challenges.

 

The 2023–2024 cohort adds to the design skills and projects of the current fellows, who were announced in 2022 as the inaugural group. Incoming fellows represent a diversity of skills, fields, and projects, already pushing the boundaries of design and innovation in the very early stages of their career.

MIT MAD announces cohort of future world-changing designers
Geoffrey Nyakiongora is an architect exploring how to leverage generative AI tools to make architecture more accessible to underserved communities

 

 

MIT mad fellows 2023-24

 

Each of the eleven students chosen for the 2023–24 MIT MAD program have demonstrated visionary work that showcases their huge potential across all corners of design. The fellows’ expertise includes floodplain agriculture (Chen Chu), coastal resilience (James Brice), engineering/neuroscience (Alexandra Rieger), or textiles (Tiandra Ray), among many other design-related fields. By putting various design experts in the same program and having them meet regularly, each one greatly enhances their individual knowledge as well as enriches  the overall design community at MIT and beyond.

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Tiandra Ray‘s ‘Woven History: An Exploration In Storytelling Through Making’ is a tapestry-style scarf illustrating a timeline of practices of black resistance in New Orleans through French colonization, the Haitian revolution, and the Civil War; in collaboration with Celina Abba

MIT MAD announces cohort of future world-changing designers
The MIT Morningside Academy for Design announces its cohort of 2023–24 Design Fellows

image by Alex Laiman

MIT MAD announces cohort of future world-changing designers
MIT MAD’s weekly lunch seminars enhance work, the sharing of ideas, and help forming a design community

MIT MAD announces cohort of future world-changing designers
Eleven designers were awarded the highly competitive MIT MAD Fellowship, destined to make a real-world impact

 

 

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James Brice
James Brice
Jenny Cang
Jenny Cang
Chen Chu
Chen Chu
Sandra Huffman
Sandra Huffman
ZhiYi Liang
ZhiYi Liang
Liane Makatura
Liane Makatura
Prathima Muniyappa
Prathima Muniyappa
Geoffrey Nyakiongora
Geoffrey Nyakiongora
Allison Porter
Allison Porter
Tiandra Ray
Tiandra Ray
Alexandra Rieger
Alexandra Rieger

project info:

 

program: The Morningside Academy for Design

organizer: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2023 – 2024 fellows: James Brice | Jenny Cang | Chen Chu | Sandra Huffman | ZhiYi Liang | Liane Makatura | Prathima Muniyappa | Geoffrey Nyakiongora | Allison Porter | Tiandra Ray | Alexandra Rieger

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