Our Team

Comprised of dedicated, talented, and engaged professionals, we are as unified as we are diverse and use our blend of knowledge and experience to create opportunities for others to learn and grow from design thinking.  We are passionate about our roles as innovators, mentors, and champions in the development of emerging minds.



Current DI Team


Afu Vue
College of Engineering, Design and Computing:
Mechanical Engineer


Chilli Kellaway
College of Arts & Media:
3D Animation


Gus Williams
College of Arts & Media:
Film and Television


Kbrom Ghirmai
College of Engineering, Design and Computing:
Mechanical Engineer


Kenn Maguire
College of Engineering, Design and Computing:
Software Engineer


Ryan Breuer
College of Arts & Media:
3D Animation

Anthony Porcaro
College of Arts & Media:
Illustration


Davis-Jay Harris
College of Arts & Media:
3D Animation


Ishea Lee
College of Arts & Media:
Digital Design


Keeley Elliott
College of Engineering, Design and Computing:
Mechanical Engineer


Michael Sperandeo
College of Arts & Media:
3D Animation


Sam Henderson
College of Arts & Media:
Digital Design

Ariel Lafuente
College of Engineering, Design and Computing:
Mechanical Engineer


Julie Nguyen
College of Arts & Media:
Digital Design


Keith Contois
College of Engineering, Design and Computing:
Electrical Engineer


Ryan Buxton
College of Engineering, Design and Computing:
Computer Science


Tammy Dinh
College of Arts & Media:
Digital Design



DI Team Leadership


Prof Kristin Wood
Ph.D., ASME Fellow, Executive Director, Senior Associate Dean of Innovation and Engagement, College of Engineering, Design and Computing


Molly Thompson
M.A., Associate Director of Business Development

Arianne Collopy
Ph.D., System Innovation Design Lead 

Brandon Vargas
Design Lead and Student Outreach Specialist

Alejandro De Jesus
M.A., Associate Director of Business Services 



Emeritus


Darrien Hicks
College of Engineering, Design and Computing: Mechanical Engineering
CU Denver CMTC, Design Innovation Team Member 19’


Adam Konopka
College of Arts & Media
B.F.A., Film and Television
CU Denver CMTC, Design Innovation Team Member 19’

Omran Hagheh
College of Engineering, Design and Computing: Electrical Engineering
CU Denver CMTC, Design Innovation Team Member 19’


D.V.
Software Engineer for the Comcast Technology & Media Center
Design Innovation Team Member 20’

Samantha Kokesh
College of Arts & Media
B.F.A., Sculpture Emphasis
CU Denver CMTC, Design Innovation Team Member 19’



Min-Hyung Choi
Ph.D., Director, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering 
(CMTC Director, 2017-2019)
 

Laurie Baefsky
DMA, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Media 
(CMTC Co-director, 2018-2019) 

Brain Delevie
Associate Professor, College of Arts and Media,
(CMTC Co-director, 2017-2018) 


Laurie Baefsky
DMA, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Media 

Laurence Kaptain
DMA & FRSA, Dean, College of Arts & Media 

Marty Dunn
Ph.D., Dean, College of Engineering, Computing and Design 


 Dan Jensen
Scholar in Residence, College of Engineering, Computing and Design 

Caroline Clevenger
Associate professor, Director, College of Engineering, Computing and Design 

Katherine Goodman
Inworks Associate Director and Assistant Professor 


Monika Wittig
Inworks Associate Director and Assistant Professor


 Farnoush Banaei-Kashani
Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Computing and Design

 Feng Lin
Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Computing and Design 

Dr. Liang He
Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Computing and Design 


Howard Cook
MFA, Assistant Professor, College of Arts & Media