Center for Socially Engaged Design

Through our Socially Engaged Design Academy, consulting service, education programs, and engagement opportunities, students of any discipline may learn about and apply a broad set of skills, methods, and perspectives that, collectively, inform socially engaged design practice.

Meet the Team

Emily Aiken, MA, Assistant Director

Emily currently serves as the Assistant Director for Student Engagement at the Center for Socially Engaged Design (C-SED) where she supports students through their journey, learning socially engaged design through skill-building and practice in a way that fosters a sense of belonging, creativity and inclusion.

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Shanna Daly, PhD, Assistant Professor, C-SED Co-Founder

Shanna Daly is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering. She has a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University. Her research focuses on design innovations through divergent and convergent thinking as well as through deep needs and community assessments using design ethnography.

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Charlie Michaels, MFA, Associate Director

Charlie Michaels is Associate Director for Experiential Learning & Lecturer at the Center for Socially Engaged Design. He leads C-SED's experiential learning programs including C-SED's fieldwork program, working with faculty to build socially engaged design resources into their courses, overseeing training for co-curricular design teams, and manages C-SED's prototyping lab. 

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Tallie Ritter, Project Coordinator

Tallie is the Project Coordinator for Data Analytics and Program Support at the Center for Socially Engaged Design. They are working to support research and data analysis efforts and manage the spacial experience at C-SED. Prior to starting this position at C-SED, Tallie studied Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan.

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Kathleen Sienko, PhD, Associate Professor, C-SED Co-Founder

Kathleen Sienko is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Miller Faculty Scholar, and Associate Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. She earned her Ph.D. in 2007 in Medical Engineering and Bioastronautics from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology, and holds an S.M. in Aeronautics & Astronautics from MIT and a B.S. in Materials Engineering from the University of Kentucky.

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Steven Skerlos, PhD, Professor, Faculty Director, C-SED Co-Founder

Steve Skerlos is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (2000) and his B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering with highest honors (1994), both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan since 2000.

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Ann Verhey-Henke, MDiv, Strategic Director

Ann Verhey-Henke is the Strategic Director of the University of Michigan Center for Socially Engaged Design. Prior to her appointment at C-SED, Ann was the Managing Director of Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship and Adjunct Lecturer in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (U-M SPH).

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