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Posted 3.29.13

Kipum LeeThis year’s TEDxCLE event brought together fifteen of Cleveland’s most innovative and creative people for an afternoon of deep discussion in the areas of technology, entertainment and design.

Among this collection of leaders was Weatherhead’s own Kipum (Kip) Lee. Lee is currently a doctoral candidate in the newly formed Design & Innovation Department and teaches the graduate-level courses Identifying Design Opportunities and Information, Technology and Systems to MBA and engineering students.

Lee’s presentation, titled “Master builders for the 21st century,” pinpointed the significance of master builders, a nomenclature for people who are adept at both design and design thinking. Using examples from his own work and experiences, Lee provided insights into how master builders are able to think about design pluralistically while making connections at the same time.

Before enrolling in the doctoral program at Weatherhead, Lee received his Bachelor of Applied Sciences in biomedical sciences from the University of Pennsylvania and Master of Design in interaction design from Carnegie Mellon University. He pursued his interest in what it means for organizations and systems to be beautiful through a multitude of projects, including an initiative that uses mobile technology to address HIV/AIDS in Africa for the global design firm frog and a project to redesign the user experience (UX) product development process for Marriott International.

At Weatherhead, Lee’s research is dedicated to design, systems thinking, information science, marketing, strategy and the science and art of management. “It’s a comprehensive program with faculty and students interested in numerous areas and issues within human-made systems,” remarks Lee. “This means we’re not limited only to for-profit organizations, but also interested in ‘wicked problems’ in nonprofit and public-sector organizations.” When not engaged in his research, Lee can be found playing his 714 Taylor guitar or watching Korean dramas with his wife Bessie at their Cleveland Heights home.

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