Made in NYC Learning Lab

Make here. Learn Here. Grow here. Free access to creative & marketing resources for NYC manufacturers & makers.

Due to guidance regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) all Made in NYC Learning Lab classes will continue online until further notice. More details provided upon course registration.

 

Made in NYC Instructors

Chinaedu Maduagwu
Born in Denton, Texas Chinaedu has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from University of Louisiana, Lafayette,...
Born in Denton, Texas Chinaedu has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from University of Louisiana, Lafayette, a Master's degree in Design Management from Pratt Institute, New York and a Masters in Data Analytics and Visualization, in the School of information at Pratt Institute. His passion for design has led him to work in business strategy and operations positions in New York. He currently resides in New York City where he works at Pratt Institute in the Design Management department and as Visiting Assistant Professor.
Esmilda Abreu
Dr. Esmilda Abreu received her Master’s degree in Psychology, her doctorate in Organization and Management, and...
Dr. Esmilda Abreu received her Master’s degree in Psychology, her doctorate in Organization and Management, and focuses her research on leadership, corporate culture, and mentoring. Dr. Abreu has studied meditation and mindfulness and has had a personal mindfulness practice for more than 38 years. As Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs at Pratt Institute she fosters student success and academic excellence. She integrates contemplative practices into her Business and Negotiations courses at Pratt Institute.
Gaia Hwang
Dr. Gaia Scagnetti is program co-coordinator and full-time Associate Professor at the Pratt Institute’s Graduate...
Dr. Gaia Scagnetti is program co-coordinator and full-time Associate Professor at the Pratt Institute’s Graduate Communications Design department in New York. In 2010 Gaia Scagnetti completed a Post Doctoral research at the Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2009 she obtained a Ph.D. degree cum Meritus in Multimedia Communication at the Politecnico di Milano with a thesis on Visual Epistemology in Information Visualization and Mapping. Her current research projects discuss new pedagogies, strategies, and approaches for Higher education in design. Her works have been featured in several conferences and exhibitions and publications and showcases. Gaia has worked and taught in four different countries in the past ten years, her professional practice is now based in New York; she firmly believes that research could and should live outside academic conferences and serve a wider public.
Janine Toro
I’m Janine Toro, a creator of digital experiences, an educator and a podcaster....
I’m Janine Toro, a creator of digital experiences, an educator and a podcaster. I foster thoughtful relationships as a catalyst for collaboration while dissecting the complexities of products to design experiences for humans.
Kirsten Richert
Kirsten Richert is the CEO of Richert Innovation Consulting, a firm that helps leaders with strategic planning, product...
Kirsten Richert is the CEO of Richert Innovation Consulting, a firm that helps leaders with strategic planning, product and service innovation, and organizational development. Going beyond unfocused brainstorming—they help teams learn fail-safe methods of unlocking creativity to produce new ideas that stand out from the competition. Kirsten learned this craft by helping education teams come up with uniquely innovative product ideas and then turn them into reality. As the former Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Pearson, the world’s leading educational textbook publisher, she oversaw the creation of breakthrough “digital-first” K-12 curriculum and acted as a corporate on-call innovation coach for their next-generation projects. Now, in addition to her consulting practice, Kirsten teaches here at Pratt. She says “I am delighted to teach courses in ‘Design Thinking and Communication’ and ‘Innovation on Demand.’ I love our students because they have such creative, diverse, and fascinating life and work experiences and we activate these gifts through innovation concepts and tools.” Kirsten received her undergraduate degree in Social Science from Hampshire College, her master’s degree in Education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University, and her training in innovation and facilitation methods from SIT (Systematic Inventive Thinking) and ToP (Technology of Participation).
Mark De Pace
Mark is the co-founder of Ghost Robot, a New York City based creative studio. Mark studied at New York University’s...
Mark is the co-founder of Ghost Robot, a New York City based creative studio. Mark studied at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts before beginning his professional career as a line producer for commercials and music videos. Since joining Ghost Robot, his keen eye for talent and penchant for creative exploration has helped shape shape the ethos of the company and developed a portfolio of best-in-class work. Highlights include music videos for Bjork, Yoko Ono, Run the Jewels, Grizzly Bear and Kanye West. Commercials for Google, Instagram, EA Games, and Ford Motor Company. And the feature films Creative Control, First Winter, Thanksgiving, and A Love Letter for You. In addition to his duties at Ghost Robot, Mark is a visiting professor at the Pratt Institute and New York University.
Pinar Guvenc
Pinar is Managing Partner of Eray / Carbajo, an architecture and design studio based in New York and Istanbul where she...
Pinar is Managing Partner of Eray / Carbajo, an architecture and design studio based in New York and Istanbul where she oversees business operations and product development processes. She has a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University and MSc in Finance from Southern Illinois University. Her business partner Gonzalo Carbajo is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Undergraduate Architecture at Pratt.
Rhonda Schaller
Rhonda Schaller is a Visiting Associate Professor, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, and oversees the Center...
Rhonda Schaller is a Visiting Associate Professor, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, and oversees the Center for Career & Professional Development. She is the founder of the Meditation Incubator project at Pratt Institute, the founding chair of the Mindfulness in Student Affairs Committee and Mindful Pratt. She is a recent Pratt Research Seed grant scholar, and received a 2 year Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation grant award for her Mindfulness Collaboratory project. She is a Fulbright Roster Specialist in Mindfulness in Higher Education, and the author of Create Your Art Career (2013, Allworth Press), Called or Not, Spirits are Present (2009, Blue Pearl Press), and contributed chapters for The Mindful Eye: Contemplative Pedagogies in Visual Arts Education (2018, Common Ground Publishers) and Starting Your Career in the Fine Arts (2011, Allworth Press).
Stephanie Powell
Stephanie Powell is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Photography Department and Pratt Institute and has over twenty...
Stephanie Powell is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Photography Department and Pratt Institute and has over twenty years experience as a photographer, artist and educator. Her clients range from creative agencies to individual architecture, fashion and food and beverage brands. Stephanie is also an internationally exhibiting artist who has recently been featured in Flaunt magazine and I Heart Photography. She has an M.F.A. in Photography from the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.F.A in Studio Art from the University of Oregon.
Tessa Maffucci
Tessa Maffucci began her academic career at New York University’s Gallatin School and holds a master’s in Fashion...
Tessa Maffucci began her academic career at New York University’s Gallatin School and holds a master’s in Fashion Studies and Digital Humanities from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She teaches in the Fashion Department at Pratt Institute, currently acting as the Departmental Sustainability Coordinator to help advance campus-wide curriculum and programming goals for sustainable design strategies. In her professional career, Tessa works as the Director of Digital Marketing at W&P Design, a full-stack design company based in Brooklyn. She is an Associate Editor at The Fashion Studies Journal and her research focuses on the intersection of fashion and digital media, with an interest in material culture and identity.

Made in NYC Partners

BRIC Arts Media
Brooklyn Army Terminal
Brooklyn Navy Yard
New York City Economic Development Corporation
Pratt Institute
SoHarlem