ACCD Graduate Industrial Design – Students & Alumni

Zach Buchman

Zach graduated from Stanford University in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science. During an internship with the UNICEF U.S. Fund, he became aware of the need for rigorously researched design solutions for health, governance, and economic issues in the developing world. At Art Center, Zach is looking forward to gaining the concrete industrial design skills that will make him a more effective agent for change in the future.

Lucas Cargnin

Lucas has an undergraduate degree in Product Design from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Through college experienced different topics inside design, especially academic research, product development and manufacture. Bestowed with best bachelor`s thesis and two State level product design prizes, Lucas worked as designer for one of the largest furniture industries in Brazil. Now, he is eager to achieve new objectives, focusing on developing skills to manage products and people through all design process.

Ariane Fund

Ariane graduated from Brown University with her B.S. in civil engineering, and received a Masters of Engineering from MIT focusing on high performance structures. She spent the past six years working as an engineer in Boston and Los Angles, collaborating with architects on design and retrofit for building of all types. With her basis of analytical reasoning and technical skills, Ariane is excited to expand upon her aesthetic interests for a broader impact through industrial design.

Gina Om Guckian

Gina obtained her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Engineering Science and Mechanics, with a concentration in biomechanics, while also playing for the Varsity WomenÕs Soccer Team. After graduating, Gina worked as a consultant in Washington D.C for Tecolote Research and Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting several Navy programs within Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Gina enjoys being active, sports, outdoor activities, and traveling the world. She is passionate about industrial design and is excited to grow as a designer.

Devina Jesrani

Devina is a creative problem solver by attitude who finds her joie de vivre in the tiny details that surround her and believes in the sheer power of design to affect lives. She graduated with a degree in Interior Design from CEPT University in Ahmedabad, India in 2010. After graduation, Devina returned home to Muscat, Oman and worked on several projects as interior designer, when she felt the need to further understand design at a more intimate scale. She is now excited at the opportunity of attending Art Center on a Fulbright scholarship and hopes that her time here will help expand her skill sets and make meaningful contributions through design.

Kye Kang

Kye received her B.A. in painting and printmaking from Ewha Womans University in Korea. With great interest in how consumer electronics affect today’s lifestyle and the interaction with mobile devices, she worked as an industrial designer at Samsung Electronics, iriver, Vtech/AT&T, Nokia, and Kohler. She is interested in branding and customer experience through the product lifecycle.

Vedang Kulkarni

Jeffrey Lin

Jeffrey Lin received his Architecture degree from MIT in 2013. In addition to space-making and urban systems, he loves to create meaningful narratives around people through filmmaking. Coupled with his passion in product design, Jeff is especially interested in understanding people’s needs and how to create products that enable a diverse audience to facilitate positive change. He was previously at a startup focused on home automation and later a design consultancy in trend forecasting.

Kathryn Maloney

Kathryn received her B.S. in civil engineering from the George Washington University. After graduation she relocated to Florence, Italy and practiced art conservation at SACI.Ê She then returned to the U.S. and worked as a consultant for a bridge design company in Boston, MA.Ê At GradID, Kathryn is eager to cultivate her sense of innovative human centered design and learn how those designs can be used as a tool to positively affect local and global change.

Clarice Rodriguez

Zach Schlossberg

Zach Schlossberg received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007 from the Cooper Union. Though trained formally as a painter, he eventually co-founded The
Loftmen, a Brooklyn based Design-Build firm focusing in high end cabinetry, interiors and furniture. During his tenure at The Loftmen, Zach built and designed furniture for countless commercial & residential clients including BLT, Diesel & Nudie Jeans. In 2014 he drove cross-country with his devoted Great Dane, Parker in an old convertible to begin the next chapter in his education.

Rebecca Van Loon

Rebecca attended California College of the Arts in San Francisco and studied Industrial Design. She later transferred to SFSU and graduated in 1999 with a BA in Product Design. She worked for a short time as a freelance graphic designer and was soon hired as a Product Planner for Sanrio, Inc. From this point she moved onto a position as a Product Designer for William Sonoma, Inc. (Pottery Barn) in the Home Accessories dept. For a few years she took time off to raise two children, who are now 5 and 8. She is currently attending Graduate Industrial Design at Art Center College of Design to enhance her design skills.

Chase Airmet

Chase created his degree at the University of Utah taking advantage of the university studies program to combine architecture, communications, fine art, and design into a Design Theory & Practice degree. After school he started work with the Spark Health Innovation Lab as a research fellow, and as a product designer for Espiritu Design, a local product design and development firm. He volunteered numerous hours for the Universities new Multidisciplinary Design program. Chase is excited to be in the GradID program where he hopes to refine his talents, and gain the skills necessary to create and influence change through design.

Erin Ballard

Erin has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, Erin worked as an intern at Albany International, Fujifilm and Duracell. After graduating, Erin started her career as a research engineer for Duracell. In that role she worked on new battery design concepts and earned a patent for her work in micro-tomography. Erin then transitioned to Gillette where she worked as a consumer researcher for new to market products for the Venus brand. In her free time, Erin loves the outdoors and staying active. Erin was a member of the New Balance Boston Elite Running Team for five years and continues to run competitively. Erin is excited about incorporating her background in both hard sciences and consumer research into her industrial design career.

Robert Campoy

Robert Campoy received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in 2008 with a double major in English and Studio Art. An avid painter and writer, Robert is fascinated by the power of storytelling, in all forms, to move people on a primal level, and believes that compelling narratives should be at the heart of design. With that in mind, Robert is delighted to be at GradID where he hopes to focus his abilities as a storyteller and creative thinker under a strict discipline.

Garrett Dobbs

Garrett Dobbs attended Stanford University from 2007-2011 as a recruited athlete on the 2010 NCAA national champion Stanford mens volleyball team. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering: Product Design. Garrett has since been living in Los Angeles working in analytics with a private equity fund, but is now excited to attend Art Center and revisit his creative passions. His hobbies include athletics, improv comedy, and playstation. Follow him at

Shiva Farrokhi

Born and raised in Tehran, Shiva always felt a strong fascination for creation, which led her to study Industrial Design at University of Tehran. She has a passion for creating new or unexpected experiences for people and designing for all layers of society to bring awareness and have an impact through responsible designs. She gets inspiration from nature in form, function, and/or strategies and loves to apply her knowledge in various design contexts.

Max Greenberg

Max received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester followed by a design and engineering internship at Priority Designs. With a passion for both the technical and aesthetic aspects of product design, Max joined the GradID program with the goal of working at the intersection of these two disciplines. Max loves swimming, biking, and gazing endlessly into the intricate mechanisms of fine Swiss watches.

Jeremy Ingram

In 2001 Jeremy Ingram graduated with a BS in Industrial Design from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. The last 12 years Jeremy has worked at various companies as well as his own design company with a focus on space planning and custom fixtures. The last four years he has designed, co-owned and operated First and Hope American Bistro as well as a small café by the name of Prime Grind in downtown Los Angeles. With a strong desire to return to the field of industrial design Jeremy has decided to pursue his masters at Art Center.

Joe Kane

Joe Kane was brought up in a culturally diverse and enriching environment. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Art and Architecture, Joe worked for five years as a Visualization Artist at Uni-Systems, an engineering firm in Minneapolis which specializes in large, mechanized structures. Born and raised in Minnesota, Joe has an affinity for the natural environment and strives to embed the beauty and resilience of nature into his designs.

Rahul Khatri

Rahul did his undergrad in Product Design from Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune, India and graduated in 2007. After which, he started his career as a junior product designer for Lemon Design Pvt. Ltd. (a graphic design studio). Over the next five years he worked to build up the department of Industrial Design and had the honor of running it. Being passionate and sensitive about design has always been his driving force. To create products that are responsible for the impact it has on society and the environment as well as ensuring that technology reaches out to change the lives of the common man is his motive to design. He believes design can no longer be measured just by their beauty and functionality and is proud to be a part of Art Center, to ensure he reaches that goal.

Sameer Yeleswarapu

Sameer was born and brought up in Hyderabad, India. In 2004, he was awarded NASA’s Honorable Mention Award for discovering a new property in triangles. In 2007, he joined BITS, Pilani, which is one of the most reputable colleges in India and completed his Bachelors in Pharmacy. Sameer joined Butterfly Fields as a Research Associate/ Product Designer and designed education toys for children of ages 6-15. He has his own workshop at home where he keeps experimenting and building.

Ekin Zileli

Ekin was born where West meets East, the port city of Turkey, Izmir.  Raised in this cradle to glorious civilizations where design is a central aspect of life, design quickly became Ekin’s passion at an early age and she completed her degree in industrial design in IEU with high honors.  Her vision of “design for people” led her to a design strategy internship with Jozeph Forakis in Milan, Italy.  After that, Ekin started working at one of the most preeminent inter-disciplinary design offices of Turkey in Istanbul: Demirden Design / ilio. Throughout her time at Demirden, she developed holistic design solutions for leading brands in Turkey including products, retail, exhibitions and events. After a three year marathon in Istanbul, Ekin decided to enroll in GradID to combine her background and creativity with cutting edge design strategy expertise.

Michelle Cheng

Michelle has spent the past two years in Art Center’s undergraduate Product Design program, fulfilling her passion to design, research, and solve problems with unique solutions. She is excited to enter the gradID department to further expand on those skills and focus on human centered design coupled with strategic and business thinking. She holds an M.S. in political science from UCLA.