Team Bios


Dr. Kristin L. Wood (PI) is currently the Senior Associate Design of Innovation and Engagement, College of Engineering, Design, & Computing, Executive Director of CMTC, and Director of Inworks, University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Wood completed his M.S.-Ph.D. degrees in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He served as an endowed professor and distinguished teaching professor at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as in leadership positions at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).  Dr. Wood has published more than 550 refereed articles, commentaries and books (~22,500 citations, h-Index ~ 68),  consulted with more than 100 organizations worldwide, received 110+ national-international design & research awards, initiated 25+ startup companies, and is an ASME Fellow.


Dr. Arianne Collopy (Co-I) is a Design Science researcher and systems innovation design lead at the University of Colorado Denver and the Comcast Media and Technology Center, the home of a design innovation team that brings together students from the colleges of Art and Media (CAM) and Engineering, Design, and Computing (CEDC).  Dr. Collopy completed her PhD in Design Science at the University of Michigan, and has degrees in Aerospace Engineering, Operations Research, and Chemistry as well as experience as a policy analysis associate. Her research applies interdisciplinary methods to the study and practice of systems design and product design.


Dr. Daniel Jensen (Co-I) received a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the founding professor for the Westmont College Engineering Program. He was a Professor of Engineering Mechanics at the US Air Force Academy for 21 years (now retired), where he ran the mechanical and mechanics design program. He was a Scholar in Residence at the University of Colorado in Denver and a Fellow at the SUTD-MIT International Design Center.  Dr Jensen has trained hundreds of design teams in “Innovation in Design of Products, Processes, and Services” and has overseen the creation of dozens of patents.


Dan Griner is the Director of Design, Innovation and Strategy for University of Colorado Denver Inworks. He brings to that role 25 years of experience in design leadership in a variety of fields including product design, medical products, zoo environments, playgrounds, digital products, and innovation. He is member of the board of directors of Make4Covid, a crisis response non-profit. He has worked in public education (K-12) and Design education in the USA, South Korea, and India. This varied experience has helped him communicate abstract ideas to diverse audiences and adapting processes to fit the needs of differentiated users and take on unique challenges.


Molly Thompson is currently the Associate Director of Business Relationships and Development for the University of Colorado Denver, where she has been since November of 2019. Prior to that, she spent nine years at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Ms. Thompson specializes in fundraising, building experiential educational programs, and in engaging with students and corporations in a broad range of engineering disciplines. Ms. Thompson sits on a variety of academic boards and committees and has expertise in program management, curriculum development, and management training.