Professor, Rhode Island School of Design
An internationally recognized design leader, BIF’s Chief Design Strategist Mickey Ackerman has spent decades teaching designers how to define problems clearly, then solve those problems through multidisciplinary teamwork. For 15 years as the head of the Industrial Design department at the Rhode Island School of Design, Mickey established a portfolio of sponsored projects and created real-world design solutions for industry leaders such as Intel, Rubbermaid, Frigidaire, and General Mills. He also established strategic partnerships with the Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, NASA, and Boston’s Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, among many others. An educator at heart, Mickey is passionate about student-centered learning and serves on the board of directors for the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont and the Green School in Bali, Indonesia.