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Patrick Whitney is the director of the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, where he also holds the position of Steelcase/Robert C. Pew Professor of Design.
Mr. Whitney has published and lectured throughout the world about new methods of innovation and design that overcome the "innovation gap". The innovation gap occurs when a company has growing knowledge of technology and business models that let it know how to make anything, while at the same time, the company has less knowledge of the daily life of users. This causes development teams to not know what to make.
Patrick Whitney has been on the jury of numerous award programs including the 1995 Presidential Design Awards. He has also been a member of the White House Council on Design. Professor Whitney was the president of the American Center for Design (ACD) and the editor of the Design Journal, its annual publication. He edited Design in the Information Environment, a book published by Knopf in 1984.
Mr. Whitney has consulted to numerous corporations, including Aetna, Texas Instruments, McDonald's, and Zebra Technologies, and has conducted private education programs for executives from government agencies and corporations in North & South America, Europe, and Asia.
Many companies and foundations support Patrick Whitney's research. They include BP, IBM, GE Foundation, Gold Peak Industries, Hong Kong Telecom, Joyce Foundation, Lenovo, MacArthur Foundation, and Motorola.
In addition to academic and professional conferences, Patrick Whitney regularly speaks at conferences focusing on future trends and policy, including the Aspen Institute's Globalism and the Human Condition, the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, the TED Conference, and China Daily CEO Summits. He is a principal investigator of two research projects: Global Companies in Local Markets and Design for the Base of the Pyramid.