MDes Student Cohorts


“The cohort and the group of people we have put together is dynamite and I expect it will be like a chemical reaction.  It will be exciting to see what happens when you get together!”
Kyle Steinfeld, Associate Director, MDes. 


MDes Student Cohort Spring 2022

We are pleased to highlight the profiles of the MDes Spring 22 Student Cohort and share our excitement for the diverse backgrounds and dynamic experiences each student brings to the MDes program. 

As an overview, this cohort is 50% men and 50% women with experience in a diverse range of fields and practices including architecture, cognitive science, design, economics, engineering, entrepreneurship, information management, interdisciplinary studies and mathematics. With an international population of 64%, this cohort represents five different countries including China, Germany, India, Greece, and Mexico. Ethnic diversity among the US students is Black/African American (5%), Chinese/Chinese-American (14%), Korean/Korean American (9%), and White (9%). 


MDes Student Cohort Fall 2022

Our second cohort of 37 students start the program in Fall 2021. They are 72% female and 28% male. 49% of the class are international students and represent 8 different countries and locations from around the world – including Argentina, China, Hong Kong S.A.R., India, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey. 21% of the class identify as underrepresented minority (URM) and the ethnic diversity among the US students is African American/Black (5%); American Indian (3%), Chinese/Chinese American (16%), Japanese/Japanese American (3%), Latin American/Latino (3%), Mexican/Mexican American (5%), Turkish (3%), and White/European descent (11%).

Like our first cohort, the backgrounds and experiences of the second cohort span many fields and practices from design, architecture and engineering to anthropology, cognitive science, art, physics, interdisciplinary studies, textiles, business and innovation.