Carl DiSalvo is an Associate Professor at The Georgia Institute of Technology, where he directs the Public Design Workshop.

Kirsten Boehner is a Visiting Scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds a PhD from Cornell University in Communication, where her dissertation research focused on tensions between innovation and codification.

Tom Jenkins is a PhD candidate in the Digital Media program in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His dissertation work focuses on the use of research through design methods to produce speculative Internet of Things for domestic settings, particularly cohousing communities.

Lanah Marie Jose is a fourth year undergraduate Computational Media student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is also the political cartoonist for Georgia Tech’s student newspaper the Technique.

Karl Kim is a full-stack software developer in Atlanta. He has worked as a freelance web developer since 2011 and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computational Media from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016. He is a currently working on the FoodParent project as a software developer in the Public Design Workshop.

Thomas James Lodato is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Urban Innovation in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Lodato is an affiliated researcher with the Public Design Workshop. His research focuses on the contemporary work practices of design, the emerging civic context of design methods, and design(ing) as a metaphor for work(ing). He pays particular attention to discourses around design thinking, civics and civic innovation, and post-computational work (mobile, precarious, and contingent labor). Underwriting these interests are an attention to the materialities of design/work and the role of depictions (things, artifacts, and representations) in planning.

Amanda Meng is a PhD candidate at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs where she studies technology and democracy. For her dissertation research, Amanda investigates how social movements make use of open government data to make claims on government. A native to Atlanta, she also works locally to use data and networked technologies for participatory projects at the city and neighborhood level. Throughout her career as a practitioner and academic she has spent time in the Dominican Republic, India, Ghana, Nigeria, Hong Kong, studying or implementing projects to improve development or democracy outcomes using Information Communication Technologies.

Firaz Peer is a PhD student in the Digital Media program in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research examines the ways in which interaction design and digital media construct and support civic life. He works with communities to design interactions, services, and experiences that promote participation and learning.

Special thanks to Sean Mackey — an undergraduate Industrial Design student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Sean was responsible for the design of the Public Design Workshop website.

Past Members: Tanyoung Kim, PhD (2013); Jonathan Lukens PhD (2013); Andrew Nelson, MS (2016); Lauren Langley, MS (2012); Laura Fries, MS (2011); Beth Schechter, MS (2011); Thomas Barnwell, MS (2010); Cinque Hicks, MS (2010); Adam Rice, MS (2009); Daniel Upton, MS (2009); Sean Mackey, BS (2016); Catherine Meschia, BS (2015).

Institutional Partners:
Center for Urban Innovation
GVU Center
Institute for People and Technology

Community Partners:
Atlanta Community Food Bank
City of Atlanta, Office of SmartATL
Concrete Jungle