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Beth Altringer

Faculty Associate

Beth Ames Altringer Eagle is a professor of design, practicing designer, and researcher of creative collaboration. She focuses on designing experiences and technologies that go beyond making life easy, believing that convenience by itself is a dull goal for life. She is interested in design and technology that augments human learning and our capacity to experience regular moments of creativity, meaning and social joy. To that end, she recently created the Balter Fellowship, a virtual creative fellowship to honor people whose work helps us all 'see and think differently'. She is currently interested in conversations about: a) design for learning sensory knowledge, b) design for values beyond user-friendliness, c) new business models for creative fields, and d) creative work as an outlet for processing trauma.
   
An architect by training, Altringer specializes in designing digital and physical products and environments for specific emotions (past clients include: Gucci, Piaggio, Uber, Diageo, Disney, Swarovski, and more). In 2011, she co-developed the 2025 strategy for Kering (conglomerate that owns Gucci, Saint Laurent, McQueen, etc), which helped Kering become one of the 10 most sustainable companies worldwide and continues today. In 2015, Beth was on the team that invented Piaggio’s award winning friendly Gita cargo robot. In 2019, she launched Chef League, the first interactive iOS app to help novices learn to intuitively play with flavors like expert chefs.
   
 As an academic, she recently joined Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) as a Professor of Practice and will be the Executive Director of their first joint-institution master's degree: Master of Arts in Design Engineering (MADE). Until fall 2021, she was faculty at Harvard SEAS for 10 years, where she was recognized in 2016 by the Crimson as one of the university's top 15 professors, helped SEAS rapidly expand design and entrepreneurship initiatives during a period of 4x growth in student demand, ran the Design Lab, co-created the joint SEAS+HBS MSMBA program to train future technical leaders, created seven courses in eight years, and founded her research lab (Desirability Lab), which will continue at Brown and RISD.


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AI and Ethical Design

Beth Altringer of Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences & the Graduate School of Design

Beth Altringer discusses how to design AI systems with ethics in mind.

Jan 11, 2017