Kate Canales
Southern Methodist University

Kate Canales is the Director of Design and Innovation Programs at the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. She has a background in product design, design research, and design strategy. She studies and teaches the ways we innovate on the basis of human needs and behavior, and is responsible for integrating empathy and creativity into the technical engineering curriculum. Kate teaches several design courses including Human Centered Design and Building Creative Confidence.

Kate has worked as a designer and design researcher at IDEO and as a Creative Director at frog design. Her writing on human centered design has appeared in GOOD magazine, The Atlantic, and The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. She has worked across many industries applying human centered design methods to major innovation projects. Key client relationships include Memorial Sloan Ketterling Cancer Center, Procter & Gamble, The National Health Service (NHS) of the UK, AT&T, T-Mobile, UNICEF, and the YMCA of the USA.