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Leslie E. Speer

Speer, Leslie E.

Assoc Professor,  Design

E-mail
leslie.speer@sjsu.edu
Additional Contact Information

Phone Number(s)
(510) 508-3177 (mbl)
(408) 924-4376

Office Hours
Spring 2014
Drop in Office Hours: MW 11:15am-12:15pm in Art 231
By Appointment ONLINE Office Hours: follow instructions below
1) Send me an email with your Full name, Student ID, and the subject matter you wish to discuss. I will reply within 48 hours.

Courses

Education

  • Master of Design, Product Design, Innovation & Management
    Middlesex University, United Kingdom, 2006
  • Bachelor of Science, Industrial Design
    CSU-Long Beach, California, United States, 1983

Bio

Leslie Speer is a designer and educator with a long-time passion for helping people use design to improve their world and others’ lives. For the last fifteen years she has been educating students, currently as a professor in industrial design at San José State University and, before that, as professor and Assistant Chair at California College of the Arts. She emphasizes innovative interdisciplinary courses and projects, often with students or user populations in emerging markets such as Africa and China. She pioneered the teaching of sustainable design and design research to undergraduates while at CCA, and for ten years co-taught a new product development class with design students collaborating with MBA and graduate engineering students from UC Berkeley Leslie received the prestigious Educator of the Year award from the Industrial Designers Society of America in 2009. Professionally she has worked for companies and clients in the USA, Europe and Mexico, including Dupont, Philips, Oracle/Sun Microsystems, frog design, the Costa Rican Ministry of Culture, Banomex, and various NGOs. She has extensive consulting experience in developing markets such as Mexico, Costa Rica, China and Cameroon, working on initiatives using design to create economic stability for artisans and rural farmers. She is Chair of the IDSA Design for the Majority Professional Interest Section, and is a guest lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris, and at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts in China. Education: BS in industrial design from California State University at Long Beach. Masters in Design (MDES) from Middlesex University in the UK.