Please use the information below for interviews, podcasts, design workshops, talks, or news articles. I'm currently giving talks about problem framing, community-driven design, and the future of work. I also host community design thinking workshops.
Dr. Stephen MacNeil is a postdoctoral researcher in the Design Lab at UCSD. He received his MS and PhD from the College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte and a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. Although his background is highly technical, Dr. MacNeil’s research and sensibilities are deeply rooted in human-computer interaction, participatory design, and learning sciences. Dr. MacNeil is a lead organizer for Design for San Diego (d4sd.org) and is a US Representative of the World Design Organization’s selective Young Designers’ Circle. Both initiatives provide regional and global programs to deliver informal design education and promote design equity.
At the beginning of my career, I tended to prioritize research and work over other aspects of my life. I have worked hard to re-center these activities in my life. In my free time, I enjoy paddleboarding, rock climbing, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.