Here you can find an overview of the members of the Design Thinking Research Program.


Lauren Aquino Shluzas, PhD

Lauren Aquino Shluzas, PhD is a Veterans Affairs Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Health Policy, and … > more

Thomas Beyhl

Thomas Beyhl is a Ph.D. candidate at the chair of System Analysis and Modeling of Prof. Holger Giese. Since he … > more

Prof. Dr. Holger Giese

Holger Giese studied technical computer science at the University Siegen. He received his engineering degree with … > more

Grace Hawthorne

Grace is a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford’s Institute of Design (aka: the dschool), where she spearheads … > more

Prof. Dr. Robert Hirschfeld

Robert Hirschfeld is a Professor of Computer Science at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute at the University of Potsdam, Germany. … > more

Dr. Eva Köppen

Eva studied Philosophy and Comparative Literature in Berlin, Madrid and Frankfurt and earned her Master-degree in December … > more

Prof. Larry Leifer, PhD

Rumor has it that Larry arrived at Stanford in time to register for autumn quarter in 1958.  He was fresh off the … > more

Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel

Christoph Meinel is President and CEO of the Hasso Plattner Institute for IT-Systems Engineering (HPI) and professor … > more

Dr. Claudia Nicolai

Dr. Claudia Nicolai studied Business Administration, Economics, and Social Sciences at the University of Hannover. She got … > more

Anja Perlich

Anja studied Computational Visualistics at the University of Magdeburg and continued with studies of Medical Informatics … > more

Allan Reiss

Allan L. Reiss, M.D. is the Robbins Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Pediatrics, and Director of the Center for … > more

Holger Rhinow

Holger Rhinow was born in 1981 in Berlin, Germany. He studied Social Sciences, Media Consulting and International Business … > more

Bernard Roth

Bernie Roth is a longtime veteran of the Stanford design scene. He first came to the Stanford Design Division faculty in … > more

Adam Royalty

Adam Royalty is the Lead Research Investigator at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school).  Prior to this … > more

Joel Sadler

Joel's Phd research at Stanford explores how to enhance creativity and prototyping of "Smart Wearable Medical Devices", … > more

Manish Saggar

Manish Saggar, PhD, is a postdoctoral scholar working with Dr. Allan Reiss at the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain … > more

Jan Schmiedgen

Jan is an innovation facilitator and design strategist. Originally he is an interaction designer by professional, as well … > more

Neeraj Sonalkar

Neeraj is a doctoral student at the Center for Design Research at Stanford University. The question that motivates his … > more

Marcel Taeumel

Marcel Taeumel is PhD student at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute at the University of Potsdam. He is part of the … > more

Dr. Julia von Thienen

Julia von Thienen was born in Berlin. She studied psychology, neuroscience and philosophy at the Free University of Berlin. … > more

Matthias Wenzel

Matthias Wenzel is a PhD student at the chair of Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel "Internet Technologies and Systems" at the … > more

Prof. Uli Weinberg

Studied fine arts and design at the Academies of Fine Arts in Munich and Berlin. 1980 to 1986 freelance work as TV graphics … > more

Prof. Scott Klemmer, PhD

Scott is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. He co-directs the Human-Computer Interaction … > more

Jens Lincke

Jens Lincke is a research assistant and Ph.D. candidate at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute (HPI) at the University of Potsdam. … > more

David M. Sirkin

David was born and raised in southern Florida (near the Everglades) but spent a lot of time growing up in southern Maine … > more

Axel Menning

Axel Menning is research associate at the Hasso Plattner Institut - School of Design Thinking. He is curious about how … > more

Andrea Scheer

Andrea Scheer is a PhD candidate at the faculty of human sciences of the University of Potsdam, Germany. She holds a … > more

Marie Klooker

Marie studied Arts and Cultural Theory in Maastricht, Madrid and Berlin, and Design Thinking in Potsdam. After her … > more

Stephan Matzdorf

Stephan is strongly interested in Urban Space and its (sub-)culture. That is why he studied Urban and Regional Planning at … > more

Mana Taheri

Mana was born and raised in Tehran, where she studied her bachelor degree in Economics. She continued her studies in … > more

Benedikt Ewald

Always intrigued by knowledge and the multifacetedness of its genesis and form, Benedikt studied both Physics and … > more

Thomas Unterholzer

Thomas studied educational science with a focus on adult education in Regensburg where he received his bachelor degree. He … > more

Dr. Martin Schwemmle

Martin Schwemmle studied business administration at the University of Mannheim; his majors were marketing, management, and … > more

Lena Mayer

Lena Mayer is a PhD candidate at the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program. Her research interests lie in … > more

Hanadi Traifeh

Hanadi joined the DTRP in 2017 and her primary research interests include the digital transformation of education, … > more

Danielly Ferreira Oliveira de Paula

Danielly holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems and a Masters in Computer Science from “Universidade Federal de … > more

Babajide Owoyele

Babajide is a PhD student working with Dr Jonathan Edelman in the DTRP project “Research to Impact: Bridging the … > more

Joaquin Santuber

Joaquín is a researcher at HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program. He is part of the ‘Research to Impact: Bridging … > more

Katrin Unger

Katrin is an expert for human-environmental interactions. With a degree in Geography she has worked in the area of climate … > more