Introduction to Design Thinking

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
2:50 PM - 4:05 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


The session is being delivered in a face-to-face format. You'll need to come to the offices of the Center for Teaching Excellence to attend. There is not a virtual option available to attend this presentation.


What is Design Thinking and why has it increased in popularity recently? This presentation will take participants through the ideology and methodology of the Design Thinking process. Participants will get an understanding of how Design Thinking leverages a structured methodology designed to provide rapid and effective solutions to complex challenges. The presentation will address the importance of using a human-centric approach while incorporating a handful of tools to creatively achieve desired results. Design Thinking offers many benefits to faculty in and out of the classroom.

For those interested, this presentation does not specifically address how to incorporate Design Thinking into your classes. However, a follow-up to this presentation will be offered which addresses those concerns.


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Robert (Bob) Szymanski
School of Accounting
Darla Moore School of Business

Robert “Bob” Szymanski is a lecturer in the School of Accounting and serves as the faculty coordinator for the SAP Academic Alliances program. Szymanski also works directly with the Department of Executive Education to help develop corporate outreach at the Darla Moore School of Business. He owns and operates a private consulting firm which specializes in SAP consulting and education. His consulting work has included many Fortune 500 companies as well as SAP America. He holds several industry certifications in SAP including one in Design Thinking.