Brook S. Kennedy is an award-winning Industrial Designer with the soul of an inventor and a desire to make the world a better place through design. With more than a decade and a half of Industrial design experience through his own eponymous practice and with world renowned agencies like Smart Design in New York, he has served some of the world's most respected brands. Recently he won 2 international awards for his work through the Como, Italy based A' Design competition.  Currently he is focusing on finding new, better pathways for design in the name of health, sustainability and quality of life. In addition to consulting for companies and startups internationally he also pursues research collaborations with scientists and engineers at Virginia Tech where he teaches his students to use Human Centered Design amongst other methods to solve real problems and create lasting value. He loves the serene beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and enjoys being a pedestrian in a small college town. Kennedy did his Master's at Stanford University in Design where he was a TA for David Kelley, cofounder of IDEO and the d. School. You can contact him at brook (dot) kennedy at vt (dot) edu.