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Brigid O'Kane

Title: Interim Director of the School of Design, Associate Professor
Office: 6435 Aronoff Center
Tel: 513-556-0833
Email: brigid.okane@uc.edu

Brigid O'Kane, Interim Director of the School of Design

Professor O'Kane's research focus is centered on transportation design, sustainable integrated mobility, collaborative teamwork, and systems thinking. Through her research Professor O'Kane has given numerous lectures and workshops, and published many papers and articles on these topics both nationally and internationally.

As the lead faculty for the Transportation Design Track at the University of Cincinnati, she is actively engaged in its continuous evolution and curriculum expansion. She is extremely motivated and dedicated to helping students achieve the highest level of excellence far above common standards. Through her research and teaching efforts she has received numerous awards including Professor of the Year Award in 2007, Dean’s Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievements in 2007, Distinguished PACE Integrator Award in 2011, and DesignIntellegence national recognition for one of the 30 Most Admired Educators in 2014.

Professor O'Kane came to the University of Cincinnati after a decade in the automotive industry with General Motors (GM) as a Senior Lead Creative Designer. During her professional experience in the industry she worked on several production and concept vehicles for brands including Cadillac, Oldsmobile, and Chevrolet. She also worked at the GM Advanced Concept Center in California developing running prototypes of advanced concept vehicles. In 1998 she received the distinguished Award of Excellence for Outstanding Creativity and Leadership at GM.

Professor O'Kane is a co-founder of the non-profit Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, which was formed in 2004. This highly successful organization, which is dedicated to exploring, presenting, and documenting visual art and design from around the world, is located in Cincinnati, Ohio and is recognized by the international arts and design community. She continues to serve on Manifest’s Board of Directors and remains actively involved with Manifest's oversight. 

As the Interim Director of the School of Design at the University of Cincinnati Professor O’Kane merges her noteworthy experience in industry as an Industrial Designer, her experience and interest in the role of Fine Art in society, and her expertise in the academic arena of design education. With this she brings the promise of an open minded and broadly informed view of design to the vision of the University of Cincinnati.

Published Papers and Presentations:
http://homepages.uc.edu/~okaneb/

Manifest Creaitve Research Gallery and Drawing Center:
http://manifestgallery.org/

Education

  • Master of Fine Art, Summa Cum Laude, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Ohio, 2005 (Drawing).
  • Bachelor of Fine Art, College for Creative Studies, Summa Cum Laude, Detroit Michigan, 1990 (Industrial Design, Transportation).
  • Associate of Applied Science, Summa Cum Laude, Macomb College, Warren Michigan USA, 1986 (Graphic Communication).

Research Information

Research Interests

Systems Thinking, Transportation Design, Sustainable Integrated Mobility, Interdisciplinary Collaborative Teamwork, Drawing Drawing, and Figure Drawing.

Research Support

  • (PI), O'Kane, Brigid, Transportation Design, Honda Americas, Incorporated. (StudentStudio), $60,000.00. 09/01/2005 to 06/30/2006. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), O'Kane, Brigid, The Next "Next" Honda Civic, Honda Americas, Incorporated. (SRS 001257), $60,000.00. 06/01/2006 to 09/30/2007. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), O'Kane, Brigid, Lotus Cup, Hunan University. (SRS 006011), $10,000.00. 10/01/2008 to 12/31/2008. Status: Closed.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • (2015). (In Press). Advancing the Creative Development Process with Strategic Systems Thinking Methodologies. Computer Aided Design and Applica- Tions Journal.
  • (11-2013). Advancing the Concept Development Process with Systems Thinking. Computer Aided Design and Applications Journal.
  • Brigid O'Kane, Ben Meyer (08/21/2013). Strategic Approaches to Developing Future Mobility Solutions by Applying Systems Integration and Thinking Methodologies. Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Educational Symposium.
  • Brigid O'Kane, Ben Meyer (07/03/2013). Approaches to Developing Creative Future Mobility Solutions by Applying Inclusive Design Strategies. Include Asia 2013 Conference, Global Challenges and Local Solutions in Inclusive Design, Hong Kong China.
  • (07-2011). The Role of Proportions in Successful Product Design. 2011 Global Annual PACE Forum at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada.
  • (07-2010). Approaches to Systems Thinking in the Creative Design Process, New Methods in Problem Solving. 2010 Global Annual PACE Forum, Seoul Korea.University of Cincinnati.
  • (03/28/2008). Emotional Intelligence and Effective Leadership, Revising Perceptions of Leadership for High Performing Collaborative Teams. 2008 Women's Leadership Conference, University of Cincinnati.
  • (07-2007). High Performing Interdisciplinary Teamwork, A Continuum of Expertise. 2007 Global Annual PACE Forum, Technische University in Darmstadt Germany.

Book Chapters

  • (03-2012). Building Bridges to New Realms. In Dr. Steve Garner and Chris Evans (Eds.), Design and Designing.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Master of Design Colloquium, taught by Professor J. Chewning.
  • Design Strategy + Theory course, taught by Professor Craig Vogel.
  • Architecture, Teaching, & Research Colloquium taught by Professor Nnamdi Elleh, PhD.
  • Master of Architecture Research Course taught by Professor John Hancock.
  • Master of Business and Design Course taught by Professor Craig Vogel.
  • (10-2014). Keynote Presentation: Systems Thinking in Transportation Design, Leverage Points for a Better World China Anting 2013 Automotive Design Conference, Shanghai China.
  • (07-2014). Advancing the Creative Development Process with Strategic Systems Thinking Methodologies 2014 Global Annual PACE Form at Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
  • (05-2014). Applying Creative and Strategic Systems Thinking Methodologies for Future Mobility Solutions School of Design, International Design Conference, Jiangnan University, Shanghai China.
  • (10-2013). Keynote Presentation: Systems Thinking in Transportation Design, Leverage Points for a Better World China Anting 2013 Automotive Design Conference, Shanghai China.
  • (10-2013). Transportation Design Strategies to Move the World School of Design, Jiangnan University, Shanghai China.
  • Presentation developed with Ben Meyer (07-2013). Advancing the Concept Development Process with Strategic Approaches and Powerful Collaborative Teamwork 2013 Global Annual PACE Forum in Pasadena California.
  • Presentation developed with Ben Meyer (08-2013). Strategic Approaches to Developing Future Mobility Solutions ndustrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Educational Symposium. Chicago Illinois.
  • (07-2012). A Developmental Model for the Experience of Always Becoming A Designer 2012 Global Annual PACE Forum. Shanghai China.
  • (04-2012). The Future of Mobility at the University of Cincinnati Provost Ono at the University of Cincinnati.
  • (07-2011). The Role of Proportions in Successful Product Design 2011 Global Annual PACE Forum at University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada.
  • co-presented with Jussi Timonen from General Motors (04-2011). Innovative Mobility Solutions Advanced Design in California to the PACE Global Executive Sponsor Committee via WebEx.
  • (10-2010). Art and Design in Cincinnati National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Annual Meeting held in Cincinnati.
  • (07-2010). Approaches to Systems Thinking in the Creative Design Process, New Methods in Problem Solving. Seoul Korea 2010 Global Annual PACE Forum.
  • (05-2010). Emerging Trends in Sustainable Product and Transportation Design PDx Amerimold Conference in Cincinnati Ohio.
  • (02-2010). Sustainable Mobility and The Future in Motion Artesis University College in Antwerpen Belgium during the Workshop Week 2010.
  • (08-2008). Emotional Intelligence and Effective Leadership, Revising Perceptions of Design and Engineering Leadership for High Performing Collaborative Teams 2008 Global Annual PACE Forum at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit Michigan.
  • (03-2008). Emotional Intelligence and Effective Leadership, Revising Perceptions of Leadership for High Performing Collaborative Teams 2008 Women’s Leadership Conference at the University of Cincinnati.
  • (11-2007). Interdisciplinary Teamwork, A Continuum of Expertise Pecha Kucha presentation at the Autodesk University Conference, Las Vegas Nevada.
  • (07-2007). High Performing Interdisciplinary Teamwork, A Continuum of Expertise 2007 Global Annual PACE Forum, Technische University in Darmstadt Germany.

Symposium

  • Coordinated with Philip White (06/23/2014). Ecodesign Business Models, Okala Practitioner Workshop..
  • (2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2012) Photography and Composition Workshop..
  • (08/10/2011). Design Drawing: Types of Drawings and Integrated Processes..
  • (02-2010). Sustainable Mobility Workshop Week 2010..
  • (08-2008). Transportation Design Drawing Workshop and Advanced Transportation Design Drawing Workshop..
  • (02-2003). Automotive Design and Sketching Workshop..

Honors & Awards

  • DesignIntellegence national recognition for one of the 30 Most Admired Educators for 2014. Volume 19, Number 6, November/December 2013.
  • Faculty Mentor Award, 07/25/2013. From Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) for the 2012-2013 Portable Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD).
  • Best Design Presentation07/26/2012. For "A Developmental Model for the Experience of Always Becoming A Designer", a peer reviewed presentation given at the 2012 Global Annual PACE Forum in Shanghai China.
  • Distinguished PACE Integrator Awar2011. For outstanding contributions to the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) global community..
  • Special Recognition. By students for motivating, inspiring, and encouraging graduates at the University of Cincinnati. June 2006, 2007, and 2011.
  • Best Design Paper07/21/2010. For "Approaches to Systems Thinking and Emergence in the Creative Design Process, New Methods in Solving Problems", a peer reviewed paper given at the 2010 Global Annual PACE Forum in Seoul Korea..
  • Special Recognition, 2008 to 2009. From PACE for leading three teams of students in the PACE Human Machine Interface Interactive Project.
  • Special Recognition Award, 2008 to 2009. For leading winning teams in the Sustainable Mobility Design Challenge, a national competition.
  • Dean’s Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievements10/19/2007. As PACE Coordinator, University of Cincinnati.
  • Special Recognition Award as PACE Integrator10/17/2007. From the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Education (PACE) organization.
  • Best Design Paper07/26/2007. For High Performing Interdisciplinary Teamwork, A Continuum of Expertise, a peer reviewed presentation given at the 2007 Global Annual PACE Forum, Technische University in Darmstadt Germany.
  • Professor of the Year Award06-2007. College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), University of Cincinnati.
  • Significant Contributions to the PACE Program Award2006. For leading a winning team of interdisciplinary students for this national PACE competition titled the GM Chevrolet/GMC Truck/SUV Center Console Competition..
  • Award of Excellence1998. From General Motors Technical Center, in recognition of achiev- ing extraordinary accomplishments deemed highly significant in improving team relations, processes, and products..

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2000 to 2001, Freelance Production Set Designer for Film Industry, true.
  • 1990 to 2000, General Motors Design Center, true.
  • 2000 to 2002, Sabbatical from General Motors,.
  • 1990 to 1999, Senior Lead Creative Designer,.
  • 1989 to 1990, Creative Designer for the Cars and Concepts Intrigue Show Car, Cars and Concepts Incorporated, Brighton Michigan.
  • 1988Creative Designer, Exterior and Interior Creative Concept Development for Various Brands, Prince Corporation, Holland Michigan.
  • 1984 to 1986, Layout Designer, Technical Illustration for General Dynamics Military Tank Manuals, Pioneer Engineering, Warren, Michigan.
  • 2000 to Present, School of Design, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, University of Cincinnati,.
  • Volunteer Instructor and Tutor in Transportation Design, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena California.
  • 1995 to 2000, Women in Design, Committee Member for Industrial Design, General Motors Education Committee, Warren, Michigan.
  • 1990 to 1999, Volunteer Instructor and Tutor in Transportation Design, College for Creative Studies, Detroit Michigan.
  • 1994 to 1999, Committee Member for Industrial Design, General Motors Transportation Design Educational Team, Warren Michigan.
  • Volunteer Instructor and Tutor in Transportation Design, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Ohio.

Events Organized

  • Industry Sponsored Events (2000 to Present) , Coordinate 6-12 significant industry activities a year including, presentations, workshops and demonstrations, where industry representatives will interact with students.
  • DAAP Summer Camp for the School of Design, Industrial Design Program (06/26/2012 to 06/27/2012) , Coordinated two days of activities and events with Associate Professor Peter Chamberlain, University of Cincinnati.
  • Design Summer Camp, for the School of Design, Industrial Design Program (06/19/2011 to 06/25/2011) , Lead for all activities, lectures, and events for six days with Associate Professor Peter Chamberlain. University of Cincinnati.
  • Sustainable Mobility Project (SMP), Planned and developed events, activities, lectures, and workshop within the Transportation Design Track. University of Cincinnati.

Student Advising

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Service

  • Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) Global leader from Industrial Design for the PACE Global Project Leadership Committee 2010-2013, 2010 to 2013
  • Actively participate in numerous tours, alumni events, and industry visits to the transportation design studios within the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning 2000 to Present
  • PACE Integrator/Coordinator from Industrial Design for PACE activities at the University of Cincinnati 2007 to Present
  • Cluster Hire Committee Member for Manufacturing and Service 2014 to 2015
  • DAAP Galleries Committee, 2009 to 2013
  • Grievance Committee, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), 2009 to 2011
  • Faculty Awards Committee, 2008
  • 2005 to 2007
  • Interim Director, School of Design, 2014 to Present
  • Art Center College of Design Chair for Design Presentations, 2013 Global Annual PACE Forum, to 07/24/2013
  • Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT) Committee Member, 2012 to 2013
  • 2001 to Present
  • Search Committee,
  • General Motors 2005 to 2009
  • 07/28/2014 to 08/01/2014
  • 07/23/2012 to 07/26/2013
  • to 04/19/2013
  • 07/25/2011 to 07/29/2011
  • 05/11/2010 to 05/13/2010
  • to 02/05/2010
  • 2006 to 2008
  • 10/17/2007 to 10/19/2007
  • Co-Chair for the Global Annual PACE Forum Papers, Presentations and Posters Committee, to 2015
  • PACE Global Leadership Committee, Leader for Industrial Design,
  • Committee member for the Global Annual PACE Forum Papers, Presentations and Posters Committee, 2012 to 2014
  • PACE Annual Forum Planning Committee, 2007 to 2011
  • Chair of the 2009 PACE Global Annual Forum Papers and Presentations Committee, 2008 to 2010
  • PACE Planning Committee for the Emerging Market PACE Project, 2007 to 2008
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Presentation Committee for the School of Design accreditation review, 2002 to 2003
  • Co-Founder of Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
  • Manifest Publications
  • Sponsorship Package for Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center for 2009-2010 Season 6, 01-2010
  • Member of the Desales Business District Committee in East Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, OH 2005 to 2011
  • Block Watch Member in East Walnut Hills, Cincinnati Ohio 2003 to 2004
  • Association for Administrative and Professional Women 2002 to 2003

Courses Taught

  • Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Senior: Transportation Design Studio V, 23 IDTR 501 Transportation Design Studio V, 23 IDTR 502 Transportation Design Studio V, 23 IDTR 503 Industrial Design Studio V, 23 INDL 501 Industrial Design Studio V, 23 INDL 502
  • Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Junior: Transportation Design Studio 2, 23 INDL 3053 Transportation Design Studio IV, 23 IDTR 401 Transportation Design Studio IV, 23 IDTR 402 Industrial Design Studio IV, 23 INDL 401 Industrial Design Studio IV, 23 INDL 402 Transportation Design Communications 2, 23 INDL 3057 Design Communication IV, 23 INDL 411 Design Communication IV, 23 INDL 412 Human Factors for Transportation Design I, 23 IDTR 471 Human Factors for Transportation Design II, 23 IDTR 472 Design Seminar, Principals of Transportation Design, 23 INDL 431 Design Seminar, Issues in Transportation Design, 23 INDL 432 Topical Studio, Digital Rendering Techniques, 23 IDTR 441
  • Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Pre-Junior: Transportation Design Studio 2, 23 INDL 3052 Transportation Design Studio III, 23 IDTR 301 Transportation Design Studio III, 23 IDTR 302 Industrial Design Studio III, 23 INDL 301 Industrial Design Studio III, 23 INDL 302 Design Communication III, 23 INDL 311 Design Communication III, 23 INDL 312 Theory of Transportation Design I, 23 IDTR 331 Theory of Transportation Design lI, 23 IDTR 332
  • Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Sophomore: Transportation Design Studio II, 23 IDTR 203 Industrial Design Studio II, 23 INDL 203 Design Visualization 2, 23 INDL 2000 Design Communication II, 23 INDL 211 Design Communication II, 23 INDL 212 Design Communication II, 23 INDL 213 Design Communication II, 23 INDL 213
  • Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Freshman: Design Visualization 1, 23 INDL 1001 Design Communication II, 23 INDL 211 Foundation Design Drawing I, 23 FDST 121 Foundation Design Drawing I, 23 FDST 122 Foundation Design Drawing I, 23 FDST 123