Industrial Design

Faculty

Bryon Thompson

Bryon Thompson

Bryon Thompson is an award-wining designer with over 20 years of experience as an Exhibit Designer and Industrial Designer. For the last 16 years, he has been an Adjunct Professor in the Industrial Department at Jefferson and has taught a variety of Industrial Design courses including Advanced Digital Design Techniques, CAD 1, Design 7, Drawing, and Materials & Processes. He graduated with a BSID from the University of Cincinnati in 1996.





Christina Kazakia

Christina Kazakia

Christina Kazakia is an observer, a maker, and an entrepreneur whose designs respond to the natural inclinations and needs of people. She loves to embrace the many faces of industrial design. Kazakia has a BA in Design Arts and Economics from Lehigh University and a Masters in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Kazakia has been with Jefferson since 2013 teaching undergraduate and graduate industrial design courses while operating her business, Stick-lets, and offering design and research services to local companies including Roar for Good, PCSTrac, and fathom. Client projects range from developing ergonomic and fashionable wearable technology, enhancing supply chain software through UX and UI design, to proposing pleasant and efficient hospital environments.

Her product, Stick-lets, is an open-ended building tool aimed at reconnecting children with nature. Invented during her graduate studies at RISD in 2011, Stick-lets has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Women in ID exhibit during San Francisco Design Week 2014, KidsRoomZoom, and Milan Design Week 2015 to name a few. Trending publications including the Huffington Post, Metropolis Magazine and Dezeen have featured her product. In 2014, Kazakia was recognized as an ‘Up-and-Coming Female Industrial Designers’ by IDSA’s Women in Design Section.




Frank Fortson

Frank Fortson

Frank’s professional design career started after his graduation from the Philadelphia Museum College of  Art , where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration.Frank is an accomplished  designer , artist and educator with over forty years of experience. Early in his design career he founded a design company partnership called Nave, Fortson, Nicholson Design Associates. His passion for achieving excellence has always been focused on designing creative solutions to every design challenge he has been faced with.

His designs have received numerous design awards from Exhibitor Magazine in the category of Trade Show and Exhibition design , to include museum design. The passion he possesses is evident in the skill sets he has brought to the design community. Frank’s unique skills range from, hand sketching to computer generated project design solutions to lecturing  and teaching. He has utilized these talents for over twenty five years as an educator teaching at various schools throughout the  Philadelphia area. As an Adjunct Professor in the Industrial Design and Visual Studies Drawing Programs, Frank brings a unique mix of teaching styles to Jefferson University’s  diverse and  growing design student body.




Kateleen Casciano

Kateleen Casciano

An alumni of the Industrial Design program in 2007, Kate works professionally in the contract furniture industry as a product and technical specialist for Knoll. She completed her graduate degree in the History of Decorative Arts and Design at Parsons/The Cooper-Hewitt in 2011, where she focused on 20th Century American Furniture and Popular Culture. She combines her passion for design thinking with practical application by working in the manufacturing world and stretching minds with students at Jefferson in their Design History and Theory course. Design is about what we physically experience through/with real objects and about our emotional connection to those objects in the world we create. This broad area of discussion is where she merges profession and education.​




Kevin Byrne

Kevin Byrne

Kevin is an Adjunct Professor for Materials and Processes with a focus on Manufacturing for Industrial Design. Leveraging nearly a decade of real world experience in analytical jobs like Manufacturing Quality, Operations and Engineering at Lockheed Martin in South Jersey, coupled with his passion and formal education in Industrial design from Jefferson (’09), Kevin brings a unique perspective to students looking for a way to make their designs more easily manufactured.




Lyn Godley

Lyn Godley

Lyn Godley began her career in Fine Arts, then spent 30 years working as a designer, bringing form and beauty to functional objects. Her work has crossed the borders of interiors, product, furniture, lighting, and jewelry. Her designs, done both individually and as partner of Godley-Schwan (1984-1998) with the late Lloyd Schwan, have been exhibited internationally. The Crinkle Lamp, the last piece designed jointly by Godley-Schwan, was accepted into the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1998. Their work is now in numerous museum and private collections.

Of all of her design work, it is lighting that captured her soul and on which she has focused for the last twenty-five years. From chandeliers to full-scale illuminated evening gowns she has explored a wide range of light sources and effects. NYC’s Jewish Museum commissioned Lyn in 2003 to produce an 81-lamp menorah. In 2008 she designed a permanent installation of 7,100 programmable LEDs at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Pennsylvania that continually “draws in light” across the center’s facade. It was through lighting that she found her way back to art, in the form of drawings threaded with fiber optics. It has been this body of work, merging digital printing, pastel drawing, and fiber optics that led her to research the healing abilities of specific light wavelengths and nature-base imagery which has driven much of her fiber optic work. She is also regularly chosen for public art projects that explore the intersection of Light and Art in public spaces, most recently the Percent for Art commission for the Public Art at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia which installed in early 2016.

In addition to her studio work, she is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Jefferson. There, in collaboration with the Industrial Design, Architecture, and Interior Design Departments, she is developing a concentration in Lighting Design with courses in the Fundamentals of Lighting, Lighting Design as Public Experience, Luminaire Design, and Lighting and Health (in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University’s Lighting Research Lab’s lead researcher, Dr. Bud Brainard).




Mark Havens

Mark Havens

Mark Havens is an educator, designer and artist with a dual background in both graphic and industrial design. This broad base of experience has enabled him to successfully partner with a wide range of clients throughout his career such as British Airways, Visa, Merck, and Comcast. Mark is the Associate Director of the Undergraduate Industrial Design program at Jefferson University. His work has been exhibited internationally is held in collections both public and private.

His latest project, a photography monograph entitled Out of Season, is a chronicle of his decade-long effort to document the design of the vanishing mid-century modern motels of Wildwood, New Jersey. Published by Booth-Clibborn Editions, the book has been the subject of more than 70 features worldwide from The British Journal of Photography to The South China Morning Post. The New York Times described the work as “a ten-year elegy” and Wallpaper Magazine recently called it “a revolutionary architectural diary”.

Mark lives in Philadelphia with his wife Andrea and their two children.




Matthew Umbriac

Matthew Umbriac

As an alumni, Matthew Umbriac is no stranger to Jefferson. He received both his Industrial Design degree and MBA from PhilaU in 2010 and 2011, respectively. In 2012, Matthew began working as the Product Design Specialist for Construction Specialties (CS) in Milton, PA. Later that year, he was promoted and transferred to CS’ Asia Division as the head of Product Design & Marketing. In 2015, he co-founded MURK Design, a design and digital marketing agency where he is still the acting CEO. Matthew left CS in June of 2017 and returned to the Philadelphia area to join the PhilaU faculty, expand the market for MURK and work as the head designer at Pak-it Displays Inc. in Bensalem. As a PhilaU faculty member, Matthew shares his diverse background and entrepreneurial attitude with the students to better prepare them for life after graduation.




Mikael Avery

Mikael Avery

Mikael Avery, M.Arch, MSOT ​comes to industrial design through a path built on design, technology, making, and teaching. Prior to earning his Master of Occupational Therapy degree, Mikael ran draft works, llc., a design and fabrication firm focused on using digital fabrication technology to build custom solutions for individuals and professionals. In addition, Mikael has developed and taught graduate level design courses at several Philadelphia academic institutions. As a member of Jefferson’s faculty, Mikael is dedicated to bringing together the fields of design and health care in order to enhance the patient experience, promote design focussed on wellness, benefit both individuals and populations, and reimagine the health care system. Mikael also holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.




Michael Leonard

Michael Leonard

Michael Leonard became the first Academic Dean of the newly formed School of Design and Engineering in June of 2012. A member of the faculty since September 1998, Leonard became associate professor of industrial design in 2008. His efforts helped build the industrial design program into the world-class, highly regarded program it is today.  In addition to teaching at Jefferson, Leonard has also taught at Drexel University, the Art Institute of Philadelphia and the University of the Arts.

Leonard is a design practitioner whose distinguished career includes serving as manager of Advanced Product Design at Exxon Office Systems.  He established his own practice, The Design Works, in 1982, was owner and principal designer of Designship, partner in Duzeo Product Design, and currently is principal designer of Mike Leonard, Designer.  His clients include Tyco Electronics, Air Products and Chemicals and Abbott Diagnostics Laboratories (in collaboration with Design Science). Leonard’s professional experience as an industrial designer demonstrates how Jefferson brings real-world experience to the classroom.

Leonard earned his B.S. in Industrial Design at Philadelphia College of Art and an M.A. in Education from the University of Phoenix, where his capstone focus was a comparative analysis of online delivery methods and courseware for non-traditional content.  He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Education from Capella University, where his concentration is on reusable learning objects and their impact upon project-based learning outcomes in post-secondary design education.




Tod Corlett

Tod Corlett

Tod Corlett is Professor of Industrial Design at Jefferson. He directs the Master’s and undergraduate programs in Industrial Design. He’s also taught, and helped to develop, the award-winning undergraduate innovation curriculum. Prior to full-time teaching, he was an award-winning lead designer at Cloud Gehshan Associates in Philadelphia. He runs a design practice, Public Works, focused on design for public spaces.






Todd Kramer

Todd Kramer

Todd completed his B.S. in Industrial Design and his M.S. in Interactive Design & Media from Jefferson, which was followed by 15 years of professional practice.  During this time, Todd served as the Director of Design and Product Development for Avenues in Leather, Inc., an industry leader in the backpack and travel gear market.  There, he developed products and best-selling travel solutions for such brands as Wenger, SwissGear, Esquire and JEEP.  The products he designed have retailed at Apple, Best Buy, Staples, Costco and Target.  Prior to his time with Avenues, Todd served as the Design Manager for Zenith Products Corp., where he focused on developing furniture, home goods and storage accessories for retailers such as Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowe’s and Wal-Mart.  Prior to Avenues and Zenith, Todd was an Industrial Designer at Scrambled Eggz Productions, a premier toy and candy design firm, where he worked with such brands as Hasbro, Nickelodeon, Cap Candy and K’Nex.

In addition to teaching and advising at PhilaU, Todd is also an entrepreneur.  He currently serves as Founder and President for Bluekiwi Designs LLC., a company focused on developing diaper bags and childcare accessories for such retailers as BuyBuy Baby and Bed Bath & Beyond.




Vincent Minieri

Vincent Minieri

Vincent Minieri was born and raised in Yonkers N.Y. He came down to the Philadelphia area in 2000 to attend Jefferson where he graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors degree in Industrial Design.

After graduation he became a freelance designer and teamed up with Stephan Copeland at Stephan Copeland Studio. Together they have designed for some of the biggest names in the industry. Developing products for Coalesse, OXO, Umbra, Luxo, to name a few.

In 2005, he was asked to come and teach the CAD 1 program for Industrial Designer, where he has been teaching for over a decade. Vincent has also been brought in to teach CAD to companies domestic and internationally.

In his free time he enjoys investing in real estate, and has started his own house flipping company. Vincent is also an avid mountain biker. He loves to hit the local trails that Philadelphia and the surrounding areas have to offer.




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