Ann-Marie Conrado

Ann-Marie Conrado

Ann-Marie Conrado is an Associate Professional Specialist in Industrial Design at the University of Notre Dame. She holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Notre Dame, class of 1993, and a graduate degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago. Before returning to academia, Conrado was an award-winning designer, receiving among them the industry’s highest honor, the IDSA/Business Week GOLD Industrial Design Excellence Award. In addition to teaching, she currently consults with a broad range of clients including Starbucks, Panasonic and McDonalds. She is also the founder of HOPE Initiative, an international nonprofit working to utilize design thinking to address humanitarian concerns in developing countries. At Notre Dame, Conrado currently champions the practice of social design in line with her research in Nepal. For her efforts in the classroom, she was recently awarded the inaugural Young Educator of the Year Award by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) for her significant contributions to educating the next generation of designers in realizing the potential of design to advance the common good.