IIDA Headquarters, Chicago, IL
Ken Wilson, FIIDA, FAIA, Envision Design, Washington D.C.
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016
Venue: Westin Dallas Downtown, Pecan Ballroom, Floor 32, 1201 Main St, Dallas, Texas
Speaker: Alec Ross, New York Times Best-Selling Author & Former Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation at the U.S. State Department
Honoree: Cynthia Mohr, FIDEC, Chair of the Design Department, College of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas
Alec Ross is one of America’s leading experts on innovation. He serves as an advisor for both the political and technological elite to help them better understand the implication of factors emerging at the intersection of geopolitics, technology, and innovation.
Ross brought these two select worlds together for President Obama for his first presidential campaign. He created the role of a Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, to maximize the potential of technology and innovation in service of America’s diplomatic goals. In this role, Ross advanced the State Department’s interests on a range of issues including Internet Freedom, cybersecurity, disaster response, and the use of network technologies in conflict zones.
Ross currently serves as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and sits on the board of directors or advisors for companies in the fields ranging from health care to cybersecurity. He is also a New York Times best-selling author of the book, The Industries of the Future.
Cynthia Mohr, FIDEC, serves as Chair of the Design Department in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas. Certified as a professional designer by the NCIDQ, her professional work is varied and includes experiences in both residential and contract design. As an educator, her scholarship focuses on the interaction of design, culture, and pedagogy.