Chairman’s Statement


The education you receive in four semesters will be shaped by five guest speakers each semester, each of whom has a reading, typically a book or lengthy online material; teamwork on the report to a real client; and class lectures and discussions. This accumulation of information makes a profound difference in the breadth and depth of your thinking as a designer.

You are what you think about: think about design processes to solve business problems and you will become a designer who solves bigger problems.

The MPS courses describe the importance of being disruptive and taking big chances using design as the fulcrum. Finding equilibrium between design and management is a balancing act. We read about it, we talk about it, and we discover our own paths. But we all agree that design management must satisfy three concerns: social/cultural by meeting the needs of people; environmental by meeting the demands of sustainability; and economic by planning for profitability.

You will learn to speak the language of business in your business course categories: Leadership, Marketing, Operations, Finance, Legal, and Strategy. You will learn about principles of design management from distinguished guest lecturers in the Design Management sequence. You will learn how to lead and collaborate by working in teams on a common business problem in the Collaborative Design Studio sequence.

I look forward to welcoming you as a student in the MPS program.

Alex W. White
Chair, Master of Professional Studies, Design Management

SASD MPS Design Management Faculty

Alex W White, MFA, BFA (Chair)
Dilek Katgi, MPS, BFA
Max Shangle, MS, BS

SASD MPS Guest Lecturers


We have five guests, representing a broad spectrum of businesses, visit every semester. Each guest has a required reading which is followed by a focused writing assignment. This cumulative experience exposes students to some 20 professionals and their most influential books over four semesters.

Robert Pietrzyk Lead Design Strategist, Global Marketing, Unilever

Robert Kahn Partner, Futurebrand/McCann-Erickson
Perry Robinson, MD      Medical Entrepreneur
Jerid O’Connell CEO, Fuel for Humanity
Zachary Kubin VP Marketing, Sled
Robert Pietrzyk Lead Design Strategist, Global Marketing, Unilever
Matt Wilber CFO, Barteca Restaurant Group
Jarrett McGovern CEO, Rise Coffee (Entrepreneur)
Spencer Curry CEO, FreshFarm Aquaponics (Entrepreneur)
Adam Thatcher Executive Director, Grace Farms, New Canaan
David Lickstein R&D Design Manager, Skin Products, Unilever
Ken Coulson CEO, FutureBright, A Sustainability Holding Company
Daniel Pelavin Graphic Designers and Illustrator
Josh Cohen CEO, Junkluggers (Entrepreneur)
Peter Gordon CEO, LiteWater (Entrepreneur)
Nathan Garland Graphic Designer
Elena Cahill Professor and Entrepreneur
Laurel Syah Head of Creative at The Shop at eBay Enterprise
Cheryl Miller Contributing Editor, Print Magazine
Rich Mavrogeanes CEO, Discover Video (Entrepreneur)
Adam Kaplan Adam Kaplan Creative/Brand Trainer
Dr Ramon Peralta Founder, Peralta Design
Charlie Griggs Entrepreneur
Leslie Singer Art Director
Jay Ford CFO, Splash Management Group
Brian Miller Partner and Creative Director, Miller-Smith
Kyle McClure CEO, Rhone Clothing Company (Entrepreneur)
Bob Kunkel President, Alternative Marine Technologies
Brent Robertson Partner, Fathom
Amy Cueva Founding Partner, MadPow
Jonathan Gouthier Chief Creative Director, WITH Creative
Amy Graver Creative Director, Elements
Paul Shaw Typographic Historian
Charles Silverman Partner and CEO, Indigo6
Bahador Pazoki Creative Director, Primacy
Robert Cohen Architect, AIA
Ryan Johnson CFO, Lovesac, Inc.
Robert Beleson Chief Marketing Officer, Playboy Enterprises
Carly Price Partner, IDEO
Gary van Duersen Industrial Design Consultant
Jerry Kuyper Indentity and Branding Maven
Gregory F. White President, iRobot Consumer Division
Adam Dotson Entrepreneur and Investment Consultant
Ashley Schofield Partner and Creative Director, Cline Davis & Mann
Deb Kline Creative Director, Group Four
Andrew Lathrop Creative Director
Adam M. Dotson Ironwood Capital

SASD MPS Clients


Every semester we work in teams with one client to address their most pressing business concerns. Our clients, chosen among the many based in Fairfield County and New York City, have included corporations, companies, government, nonprofits, and NGOs. This work applies the principles and ideas learned throughout the MPS program.

Half Full Brewery Stamford CT
AmeriCares Stamford CT
UrbanGlass Brooklyn NY
Stamford Innovation Center Stamford CT
Sun Products Norwalk CT
Bridgeport YMCA Bridgeport CT
Spinnaker Real Estate Partners Norwalk CT
Pelham Community Rowing Association Pelham NY
MetroCrops Bridgeport CT
Kubtec Medical Imaging Stratford CT
Hope for Haiti Stamford CT
City of Bridgeport Planning Commission      Bridgeport CT