C-SED Summer Studio Internships at the University of Michigan: The Summer Studio facilitates the transformation of cutting-edge research into design innovations that have the capacity to change the world. Bringing together interdisciplinary teams of designers, the Studio develops and delivers design recommendations to researchers working on some of society’s most pressing challenges. As collaborative members of an interdisciplinary team, student interns engage clients directly and work together through a design process to create strategies that transform research into desirable, viable, and feasible innovations.


Past Summer Studio projects include:

CEDO / C-SED — Summer '21

This year the Summer Studio is collaborating with the Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach to bring together an interdisciplinary team of designers that will develop and deliver design recommendations to CSED and CEDO for transformative organizational change. As collaborative members of an interdisciplinary team, student interns engage clients directly and work together through a design process. This year student interns will create a proposed organizational roadmap for our offices to achieve effective collaborations with faculty and teams to ensure their work fulfills the mission of the College – to serve the common good.

Design Intern Team:

  • Paul Kozlowski: School of Information (Masters)
  • Kendell Miller-Roberts: Stamps School of Art & Design (Masters)
  • Ally Sierra: School of Information (Masters)
Public Sector Services — Summer '19

Interns used design research methods to investigate the problem space of current physical and social structures of public sector services in Southeast Michigan. The intern team used their findings to create insights and define next steps for engineering research on incorporating smart technologies in these public sector services, taking into account factors of trust, viability, and interconnectedness of the various sectors.

Faculty Lead: Dr. Nancy Love, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Design Intern Team:

  • Sam Bertin: Stamps School of Art & Design (BFA ’18)
  • David Cicala: School of Public Health, School of Social Work (Masters)
  • Hannah Groenke: College of Literature, Science, & the Arts (Undergrad)
  • Di Wang: Ross School of Business (Masters)
  • Stephanie Zimmerman: School of Information (Masters)
Clean Drinking Water — Summer '19

In collaboration with the City of Ann Arbor, a faculty-led U-M College of Engineering team used socially engaged design methods to engage with drinking water stakeholders to gather insights and understand needs for collaboration. This process resulted in the creation of a roadmap for professionals and researchers to follow to ensure their work, through shared communication, trust, and knowledge, positively impacts the health and safety of all Michigan citizens.

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Faculty Lead: Dr. Lutgarde Raskin, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Design Intern Team:

  • Brianna Broderick: School of Information (Masters)
  • Suzanne Chou: Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
  • Katie Karban: Ross School of Business (Undergrad)
  • Samir Shah: College of Engineering (Masters)
HENI — Summer '18

Summer Studio Interns partnered with nutrition and environmental health science researchers to explore the desirability, market viability, and technical feasibility of moving a tool developed through a research project – the Healthy Nutrition Index HeNI) – find its way into the hands of users. Interns prototyped concepts that effectively capture the pursuit of a more healthful and sustainable food ecology.

Faculty Lead: Dr. Olivier Jolliet, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health

Design Intern Team:

  • David Corneail: Detroit College of Creative Studies (Undergrad)
  • Jon Halpern: Ross School of Business (Undergrad)
  • Chris Lezama: Ford School of Public Policy (Masters)
  • Katerina Stylianou: School of Public Health (Doctoral Candidate)
KTOP — Summer '18

Summer Studio interns helped KTOP develop a predictive learning health system that utilizes electronic health records to find and treat at-risk Medicaid recipients. Interns engaged in the discovery process of understanding stakeholders and the ecosystem in which this predictive learning system will live in.

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Faculty Lead: Dr. Jody Platt, Department of Learning Health Sciences, Michigan Medicine

Design Intern Team:

  • Sarang Modi: College of Literature, Science and the Arts, PreMed (Undergrad)
  • Jade Crump: Ross School of Business (Masters)
  • Katherine Jones: Stamps School of Art and Design (Masters)
  • Sam Bertin: Stamps School of Art and Design (Undergrad)
MiHub — Summer '17

Motivational Interviewing: MiHub is an automated MI coding tool, which uses natural language processing to provide both feedback and personalized training support to practitioners to continuously improve MI skills.

Faculty Lead: Dr. Ken Resnicow, Health Behavior Health Education, School of Public Health

Design Intern Team:

  • Ellen Wagner: School of Information (Masters)
  • Chris Hart: Ross School of Business (Undergrad)
  • Isa Kujawski: School of Public Health (Masters)
Faculty Journey Mapping — Summer '17

The intern team interviewed over 100 faculty and staff to understand how might Public Health create linkages across faculty interests to create an atmosphere conducive to more interdepartmental collaborations and opportunities for innovations.

Design Intern Team:

  • Shubhum Sidhar: School of Information & School of Public Health (Masters)
  • Alex Gonzalez: Ross School of Business (Undergrad)
  • Priyanka Raju: Stamps School of Art & Design (Masters)
  • Victoria Alden: School of Public Health (Masters)
TraceRoot — Summer '16

TraceRoot, a past Innovation Studio summer internship project, was focused on building resources for better exploring social determinants of health. Intern Kai Yu put together this website that summarizes the process and project.

Faculty Lead: Dr. Sharon Kardia, Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Design Intern Team:

  • Anay Somvanshi: School of Information (Masters)
  • Ian Robinson: School of Natural Resources & Ross School of Business (Masters)
  • Kai Yu: Stamps School of Art & Design (Masters)

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