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ChBE Spring 2019 Seminar "Design in the Age of Emergence"

Event Date 

February 6, 2019 - 3:15pm to 4:30pm


Perlstein Hall 131 - Auditorium

10 W. 33rd Street

Chicago, IL 60616


Armour College of Engineering's and Chemical and Biological Engineering Department will host a seminar featuring Denis Weil, Dean of School of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology

Short Biography:

 A native of Switzerland, Weil received a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, ETH) including the Master Thesis Exchange Program with ETH and Imperial College London. In addition to receiving his master’s degree in design planning from ID, Weil was a 2015 Advanced Leadership Initiative fellow (nonprofit/public leadership) at Harvard University and guest professor at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (Jerusalem). He began his role as dean on January 3, 2017.

 Denis Weil (MDes 2001) is the dean of the Institute of Design at Illinois Tech. He is a proven design leader with a passion for advancing the practice of design to create new solutions and approaches to entrenched problems, through both practice and teaching. For more than a dozen years, he has driven design and innovation in leadership positions at organizations such as McDonald’s, Proctor & Gamble, and IDEO. Most recently, Denis has applied his design leadership to driving innovation in the social and public sectors, serving as a design advisor to a range of social and civic organizations including Bloomberg Philanthropies, Year Up, Mercy Corps, and Sanergy.

Denis’s appointment is a return to the school; he is a 2001 graduate of the Institute of Design’s Master of Design program and has served as an adjunct faculty member.