Angela Chan is stoked to be DFA UIUC’s next president! As a junior in Systems Engineering & Design with concentrations in digital prototyping and civil structures, she is excited to grow the studio beyond the projects she helped develop as Director of Internal Education last year. DFA is a special place where her love of people and their stories meets helping tackle challenges the world is facing. When she’s not organizing her inbox, you’ll find her teaching ENG100, on the Build team for Illini Solar Decathlon, hanging out in the Society of Women Engineers office, or knocking girls over at Roller Derby.
Sneha Subramanian is honored to be the VP of Operations. She is a senior double majoring in Cognitive Psychology and Economics. This past summer Sneha interned at DFA Nationals as a Chief Storyteller Intern. DFA has been a blessing to Sneha as it has helped her develop professionally and guide her career aspirations. Her favorite project was the accessibility project as it closely tied with her work training mobility service dogs on campus!
Jane Chun is excited to be the VP of Marketing once again this 2019 year. She is a junior studying Graphic Design and pursuing a minor in informatics. As a design student, DFA & human-centered design has helped her make amazing connections and to be a more well-rounded designer! DFA also has given her the greatest fwends, connections and a safe space for her to grow as a person. Other than her passion for design (both traditional & human-centered), she is inspired by baked goods, cool packages, and fun, innovative tech.
Ajaita is the 2019-2020 Vice President of Outreach for Design for America at Illinois, a junior studying Computer Science and Statistics with a minor in Anthropology. Through DFA, she has worked on projects that tackle food insecurity on college campuses and assist senior citizens with chronic conditions using the principles of augmented reality to make healthcare more accessible. She focuses on human centered perspectives in a technological world, and is constantly thinking about the humans we design for and working on responsible and ethical innovations. As a research student at the Social Research & Technology Innovation Lab, her project focuses on how demographics of Champaign-Urbana neighborhoods can lead to disparities in flooding and sewage related issues, and she hopes to collaborate with community members, public officials, and policy makers to create infrastructure solutions that build empathy in our town. Ajaita strives for more accessible, equitable, and kinder communities.
Ally Merrett is a Co-Managing director, along with our good friend Lauren for DFA 2019-2020. He is pursuing a double Major with Sociology and Urban Planning, an Art & Design minor, and an Innovation Certificate. Outside of DFA, he is in Varsity Men’s Glee Club, Student Alumni Ambassadors, and DeBono Comedy Improv; HOWEVER, he has loads of time for DFA. This club has given him such unbelievably cool experiences and he is so excited to work to make it even better. Post grad, hopefully he’ll be touring with his band, The Façades.
Lauren Nortier is super pumped to be a Managing Co-Director along with Ally for this 2019-2020 school year! She is currently a junior pursuing a degree in Industrial Design. Something that drew her to DFA was connecting her knowledge of design to social impact, as well as working with the community to make that difference. She absolutely one thousand percent appreciates and loves all the wonderful people she has met and loves her fwends so much. Outside of DFA, she is a part of the Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity, as well as the Industrial Designers Society of America.
Brianna Creviston is beyond excited to be VP of Membership this year! She will be a Junior studying Architecture and is pursuing a minor in Urban Planning. She is passionate about Dr. Pepper, Realtor.com, and taking naps. DFA has helped her realize the impact design can have on people’s lives and is focusing on combining Human Centered Design and architecture to create better buildings. Brianna can’t wait to grow the DFAmily and hopes new members can find their home on campus in DFA just like she did.
Empathy, Impact, and Innovation
We are a group of people united by a common set of values that define our work. We look back at our projects remembering how we worked together, in addition to what we worked on.
Design for America is a nationwide network of student-led organizations that aims to create products and solutions that solve real world problems. Design for America at University of Illinois is one of the most inclusive clubs on campus, boasting students from dozens of majors, as well as one of the top performing DFA studios in the nation.
Tackling complex social challenges can be tricky. The Design for America design process is here to help! We form teams composed of all backgrounds and majors to design products and solutions that solve real world problems. These projects all follow a guided DFA process with the ultimate goal of implementing the solution into the market.
Where We Work
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Our members have access to state of the art facilities at the NCSA building on campus. Within the building, we also have our own room for relaxing, studying, meeting, brainstorming, building, and more.
Armory Innovation Space
Members have access to the cutting-edge resources offered in the Innovation Space. Centrally located on campus, the space provides a meeting space for individual teams as well as a gathering location for developmental events as a Studio.
Some of the most passionate people you'll meet.
Pixo User Experience Designer
NCSA Education Coordinator
Emerging Technology Center at Synchrony Vice President
Leveraging human-centered design in business.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
The Product Manufactory
Our national network was founded at Northwestern in 2009. Explore more at designforamerica.com