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About The Summit

The future of sustainability is happening at Art Center. The Sustainability Summits are a cornerstone of Art Center’s commitment to expanding the role of design in addressing key sustainability issues. By gathering some of the most innovative thinkers in design, business, government, science and beyond, we can find solutions and effect change.

The success of our first two Summits, Designing Sustainable Mobility held in 2007 and Systems, Cities & Sustainable Mobility in 2008, has been overwhelming—we’ve seen brilliant minds come together to plan the future of cities, automobiles and energy—and now we’re ready for the next installment.

Our third Summit, Expanding the Vision of Sustainable Mobility, will grow out of the previous two, taking a step back to broaden the scope of the conversation. In February 2009, we plan to see what we can learn from industries and organizations beyond the transportation and urban mobility realms. In addition to a cross-section of mobility-related experts, we will host visionary and strategic-minded leaders in other fields who can explain how they came to terms with ecological responsibility while creating or maintaining an economically compelling enterprise.

We believe that designers, with their ability to visualize and facilitate complex project agendas, will play a key role in the multi-disciplinary development of our future mobility. Art Center has a historic and international reputation in the design community, particularly in transportation design, and is an ideal place to discuss the challenging and profound changes that are required to keep our global economies moving. We are confident that new partnerships and ideas will emerge from this Summit, as they have from the previous two.

Join an international group of influential thinkers, industry executives, government leaders and entrepreneurs to explore how industries outside of the transportation and mobility fields approach sustainable mobility—and what their fresh, often unexpected perspectives can bring to the table.  

PRESENTERS

Dave Muyres Dave Muyres

Executive Director, The Art Center Summit

David Muyres is the Executive Director of the Art Center Summits. The Summit, now in its third year, gathers the most innovative thinkers in design, business, government and science to find solutions and effect change in key sustainability issues. After initially developing new educational initiatives such as ArtCenterPRO and design-based Executive Education programs, Muyres is now focused on the topic of sustainable mobility and it’s future connection to Art Center. Prior to coming to Art Center in 2005, Muyres was at Johnson Controls, Inc., where he held various executive management positions in design, product and business development, across the United States, Europe and Asia. Muyres studied mechanical engineering and philosophy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and graduated from Art Center with a B.S. in Transportation Design in 1988.  Mr. Muyres holds six patents.

 

Heidrun Mumper-DrummHeidrun Mumper-Drumm

Summit Co-Director
Graphic Designer; Adjunct Associate Professor,
Art Center College of Design

A graphic designer and letterpress printer, Heidrun Mumper-Drumm serves as adjunct associate professor in the Graphic Design and Liberal Arts & Sciences departments at Art Center College of Design. Her design practice includes identity systems, marketing materials and books. Mumper-Drumm’s work has been recognized in industry periodicals and exhibitions. Since 2003, her focus has been on the incorporation of sustainability principles into design education and the design process. A former environmental engineer for Bechtel and Parsons Engineering, her experience includes nuclear, geothermal and solar and wind energy projects, as well as environmental management for NASA and the U.S. Air Force.

 

Geoff WardleGeoff Wardle

Summit Co-Director
Director, Advanced Mobility Research,
Art Center College of Design

With a bachelor’s degree in vehicle and mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in automotive design from London’s Royal College of Art, Geoff Wardle has spent nearly 30 years as a professional designer and a design educator. He has held both corporate and consultancy positions with many automotive companies in developed and developing countries. For the last 12 years, he has also been committed to design education and currently serves as a faculty member and director of Advanced Mobility Research at Art Center College of Design.

 

2009 ADVISORY BOARD

Jay Baldwin
Senior Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design, California College
of the Arts, San Francisco

John Boesel
President and CEO, Weststart-CALSTART

William Browning
Founding Partner, Terrapin Bright Green

Dave Busch
Vice President, Bright Automotive

Carol Carmichael, Ph.D.
Senior Counselor for External Relations, California Institute of Technology

Doug Frasher
Strategic Design Chief, Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center, Volvo Car Corporation

Mark Goodstein
Co-founder and Managing Partner, The Propellant Group

Suzanne Hunt
Founder and Principal, Hunt Green, LLC

Jon Faiz Kayyem
Managing Partner, Efficiency Capital LTD

Clark Kellogg
Partner, Collective Invention, LLC

Tim Kobe
Art Center College of Design Trustee, Founder and President, Eight, Inc.

John Paul Kusz
Founder, Associate Director, Center for Sustainable Enterprise,
IIT Stuart School of Businesss

Dana Lowell
Director, Advanced Business Development, Faurecia/Westworks

Stewart Reed
Chair, Transportation Design, Art Center College of Design

Dan Sturges
President, Intrago, LLC

V. Sumantran, Ph.D.
Executive Vice-Chairman, Hinduja Automotive (UK), Ltd.

Lloyd Walker
Principal, Precurve, LLC

Sue Zielinski
Managing Director, Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research (SMART)

 

LEGACY ADVISORS (2007, 2008)

Andy Ogden
Dean, Industrial Design

Carol Carmichael
Senior Counselor for External Relations, California Institute of Technology

Celia Weinstein
Summit Planning

Clark Kellogg
Partner, Collective Invention, LLC

Dan Sturges
President, Intrago, LLC

Dana Lowell
Director, Advanced Business Development, Faurecia/Westworks

Dave Busch
Principal Designer, Johnson Controls, Inc.

David Mocarski
Chair, Environmental Design

Debra Deanne Olson
President, The Global Green Company

Doug Frasher
Strategic Design Chief, Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center,
Volvo Car Corporation

Eric Schumaker
Exterior Design Manager, Honda Auto Design, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

Erica Clark
Senior Vice President, International Initiatives

George E. Falardeau
Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Operations

Iris Gelt
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications

John Boesel
President and CEO, Weststart-CALSTART

John Paul Kusz
Founder, Associate Director, Center for Sustainable Enterprise, IIT Stuart School of Business

Jon Faiz Kayyem
Managing Partner, Efficiency Capital LTD

Lloyd Walker
Principal, Precurve, LLC

Marianna Amatullo
Director, International Initiatives; Director, Designmatters

Mark Breitenburg
Dean, Undergraduate Education

Mark Goodstein
Co-founder and Managing Partner, The Propellant Group

Marty Smith
Chair, Product Design

Michael Reese
President, Reese International Ltd.; Board of Trustees, Art Center College of Design

Nate Young
Executive Vice President, Chief Academic Officer

Rich Haluschak
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Richard Koshalek
President

Ron Cogan
Editor, Green Car Journal

Stewart Reed
Chair, Transportation Design

Suzanne Hunt
Biofuels Project Manager, Worldwatch Institute