About Our Faculty

Our faculty of internationally renowned educators – accomplished professionals across a range of design, technology and business fields – help our students develop their abilities through projects and critical dialogue in a design studio environment.

Andy Ogden – Department Chair

Formerly vice president of design for Walt Disney Imagineering R&D and an influential car designer for Honda Research of America, Andy has been on the Art Center faculty since 1984 and has helped train designers who hold leadership positions around the world. He has a strong record of innovation, award-winning design excellence and management with more than 20 years of professional R&D experience and market success in consumer products, transportation, entertainment, interactive media and education. He is the principle inventor for seven U.S. invention patents for immersive displays, human interface systems, robotics and motion simulators. Andy has a B.S. in industrial design, with distinction, from Art Center College of Design (1983); studied executive management at UCLA Andersen School of Management; and studied architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Katherine Bennett

An Art Center faculty member since 1988, Katherine has a passion for research, strategic planning, information architecture, design development and design/technology history. Her specialty is understanding and analyzing the user experience to discover design opportunities. An active member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), she has served as the organization’s vice president of education; member of the board of directors; western district education representative; and IDSA/LA chapter chair. Katherine has worked with Henry Dreyfuss Associates, Hauser Associates and the Mega/Erg think tank, where she developed designs ranging from laboratory and business equipment to tableware, gas stations, office and residential furniture and consumer products for clients including Herman Miller, Avery Dennison and Johnson Controls. Katherine is currently concluding her work towards an M.A. in design research at Art Center, holds a B.S.I.D from the University of the Arts, and holds a Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Katherine’s blogs:  http://www.designinvestigations.com/

James Chu

James has an expansive career as a Creative Director, Branding Strategist, Industrial Designer, and Educator. He has led multidisciplinary teams in the development of branding strategies and the creation of new value for companies including Nike, Nokia, Vertu, Belkin, Motorola, Cisco, Linksys, Disney, Verizon Wireless, and Monster Music. James studied Computer Science at The University of Southern California and has a BS in product Design from Art Center College of Design (89)

Marshall Hamachi

Marshall is Associate Director of the Color, Materials and Trends Exploration Laboratory (CMTEL) at the Art Center College of Design. CMTEL serves as materials library and collaborative learning space for students to discover emerging color and material technologies, develop sensibilities for color and material design trends, and design with industry partners in immersive workshop settings. Marshall has worked in the areas of design modeling and prototyping for the automotive, medical, and consumer product industries, as well as corporate learning, interactive retail systems, and technology commercialization. Marshall studied economics at the University of California at Irvine.

Maritza Herrera

Maritza Herrera, department coordinator, got her start in the entertainment industry, working for 15 years as a dancer and actor performing in various commercials, videos and theater productions. From 2004 to 2007, she worked as an assistant casting director for Renita Casting. She has also served as executive assistant to Nely Galán, CEO of gaLAn Entertainment. Since coming to Art Center in 2007, Herrera has taken on a number of roles, including serving as department coordinator for the Industrial Design and Entertainment Design graduate programs. She also serves as the College’s speaker liaison for its annual Sustainability Summit. Herrera received her Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Long Beach, where she majored in psychology and dance.

Dyna Kau

Dyna is founder of Girl Of All Work, a company creating contemporary office accessories targeted towards a female demographic. Her clients include: The Container Store, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, SFMOMA, The Norton Simon Museum of Art, Barnes and Noble, Dick Blick Art Stores, Indigo, and several other domestic and international retail outlets. Her work has been featured in In Style Magazine, Lucky Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, and other trade periodicals. Dyna worked previously in the field of environmental design, developing brand identity, graphics, and way-finding systems for commercial spaces.
Dyna was raised in Southern California and graduated from Art Center College of Design as valedictorian in 2004 with a BFA in graphic design/packaging.

Stan Kong

A renowned design educator, consultant and design advocate, Stan has inspired and influenced generations of individuals to pursue an education in design that have gone on to become successful leaders in companies throughout the world. Stan is Grad ID Faculty Director, a core member of the faculty and teaches in Art Center’s Public Programs. He was formerly Head of the Product Design Program at Pasadena City College. A founding Co-Chair of the alumni scholarship fundraising group, Legacy Circle, he also serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Armory Center for the Arts and the Rowe and Gayle Giesen Trust Board of Trustees. Stan’s many honors include Art Center’s “Outstanding Service Alumni Award”, the NAACP Ruby McKight Williams Arts Award, the Institute of Education Service Award, the Risser “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” Award, and the Los Angeles County Cherry Blossom Festival “Teachers Making a Difference” Award. Stan Kong has a B.S. in Product Design from Art Center College of Design (83-02).

Susan Marki

After a start in financial market research at The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Susan Marki began her investing career by trading and managing fixed income options with Citibank.  She spent many years structuring, trading and managing increasingly sophisticated derivative products in both New York and London for Citibank, Credit Suisse Financial Products and Bankers Trust.  She then founded her own firm, The Derivatives Research Group, LLC, where Susan primarily developed trading and hedging strategies for corporate clients.  After time off to earn her Chartered Financial Analyst designation and her Certified Financial Planner distinction, Susan opened up Marki Financial Services, LLC a financial planning and wealth management firm where she helps both families and small businesses reach their financial goals. More recently Susan joined the Pasadena Angels where she invests in start-up businesses, and as a member of their Board of Directors, works to develop relationships with other local organizations to support the startup community in Pasadena and Los Angeles.  Susan Marki has been on the Grad ID staff for two years as an instructor of entrepreneurship.

Story Musgrave

Adjunct Professor and advisor to GradID, Story is an accomplished pilot, surgeon, mechanic, poet, designer and philosopher. He has written 25 scientific papers in the areas of aerospace medicine and physiology, temperature regulation, exercise physiology and clinical surgery. One of NASA’s most experienced astronauts, Story flew on six space flights; performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger’s maiden flight; conducted two classified Department of Defense missions; spacewalked to repair the ailing Hubble telescope; and, on his last flight, operated an electronic chip-manufacturing satellite aboard Columbia. Story participated in the design and development of all space shuttle extravehicular activity equipment for his missions, including spacesuits, life-support systems, airlocks and manned maneuvering units. Throughout his 30-year career with NASA, Story enriched his experiences by capturing the essence of spaceflight through a variety of mediums including photography, poetry and personal experiments. Story has seven graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology, and he has been awarded 20 honorary doctorates. Story’s website: http://www.spacestory.com

Lloyd Walker

Lloyd is the principal of innovation services firm Precurve, LLC and an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in early-stage technology startups and 25 years of strategic planning and product development experience. Throughout his career, Lloyd has provided creative foresight, innovation management and business leadership for emerging markets and technologies. He serves as a senior executive, advisor and shareholder for technology businesses in Texas and California. As former president of Human Code, an interactive developer sold to Sapient in 2000, he grew the firm into a leading national developer of electronic games, e-learning and online solutions. Prior to Human Code, he performed strategy and product design for NASA, as well as Honda and several other Fortune 500 companies. Lloyd has an M.S. in studies of the future from the University of Houston, and a B.S. in industrial design from Art Center.

Javier Palomares

Javier is the founder of Curve Ahead, a design firm specializing in the full range of capabilities that develop ideas into innovative solutions for consumer products and furniture. Curve ahead’s clients/partners include Disney-Bruckheimer films, Espacio Sami Hayek, Dellarobbia USA, Nova Lighting, and Orange 22. Javier’s designs have been displayed at the High Point Market, Bernhardt Design at ICFF, Javits Center, and the Dwell in Design show, Los Angeles. Javier was born in Bogota, Colombia. He has a degree in Industrial Design from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, and a BS in product design with honors from Art Center College of Design.

Eric Ng

Eric Ng is an educator and concept designer.  As a part of the inaugural Entertainment Design class of Art Center College of Design, he has returned and continued to teach students since 2008.  Eric has been a designer for Walt Disney Imagineering R&D and Interactive as well as Sony Online Entertainment and Mattel.  He pursues photography as well and has his work featured by Mercedes Benz, MTV and Kotaku.  Eric is currently creating captivating images that featuring unique lifestyles as seen in his book, Project: Bazooka.

Byron Wilson

Byron facilitates innovation from a strategic design perspective.  He brings broad and deep multidisciplinary experience from both academic and professional project work within the scope of technology-based research and development.  Byron has a background in biological and medical sciences, education and industrial design and is most interested in the cross section between human-centered design and science as relates to the healthcare sector. Consequently, Byron has lead large innovation projects from early concept design, research, and through implementation. His work has centered in-house and as owner of Empty Set, a design consultancy for the world’s leading healthcare organizations and leading R&D labs. Byron studied Biology and Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an undergrad, Biological Medical Sciences at Harvard University as post-bac in route to DMD and ultimately Graduate Industrial Design (gradID) at Art Center College of Design.

Lan Yu

Lan Yu is Director, Grad ID and an alumna of the program. Before she graduated from Grad ID in 2013, Lan had worked to champion the creation of Formula E in China, which has grown year after year to now include over 15 Universities. In 2014 she worked with Mark Breitenberg to create and produce the very successful and ongoing Create Change forums held in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzou in partnership with Art Center. Lan received her Bachelor of Industrial Design Degree from Beijing Institute of Technology in 2000 and was Design Lead and Brand manager for Tsinghua Tongfang for almost a decade where she helped to create and develop numerous successful tech-based startup companies. As a design consultant, Lan has worked for company’s including Hero Entertainment, Bank of China, China Daily, Omnijoi Film, and Google.