Mentors

 

SHAWN LAURIET (GOOGLE)

Shawn works as a software engineer, focusing on accessibility. He joined Google in 2011 as an engineer on the Documents team. In 1999 he dropped out of high school, in 2000 started working in the web development world, and in 2002 started working in the web accessibility world. He published a book in 2007 called Advanced Ajax: Architectures and Best Practices, based on his experience in creating rich Internet applications. In 2016, he joined the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group of the W3C as Google’s member representative.

GRACE KIM (NYU)

Dr. Grace J Kim received her PhD in Occupational Therapy from New York University and her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University. She has extensive clinical experience working with adults with physical disabilities in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation hospital settings. She was a clinical researcher in the Rehabilitation Medicine department at Weill Cornell Medical Centre for 9 years and gained expertise on upper extremity robotics technologies for the neurological population. She is currently an assistant professor in the department of Occupational Therapy at New York University. Dr. Kim is interested in researching innovative approaches to facilitate rehabilitation in the home and community setting for individuals with stroke. She teaches courses in neurorehabilitation and evidence-based practice, and serves as a faculty mentor for student research projects.

SMITA RAO

Smita Rao is a physical therapist. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Physical Therapy at New York University and a Research Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU School of Medicine. Her research examines movement-related factors that contribute to patients’ outcomes and pain. This work has been widely disseminated in the peer reviewed scientific literature. Smita also maintains a clinical practice in Manhattan.

ANGIE DOMSTIZ (WOOLMARK)

Angela Domsitz is a textile and apparel professional with global supply chain experience, ranging from raw materials to garment production. She specializes in fabric research and development, global sourcing, and fiber education and marketing.

In her current role as Product and Education Extension Manager for The Woolmark Company, she works with various members of the wool supply chain, from wool-growers to retailers. Angela’s primary focus is to raise awareness and elevate the profile of Merino wool by collaborating with emerging designers, established brands, qualified manufacturers, and other members of the industry. She is actively involved in wool training and education at both trade and university levels. Additionally, she supports brands in the development and production of innovative wool products.

Previously, Angela worked for PVH Corp. in fabric sourcing and development, as well as Elie Tahari, in garment production. She is a part-time faculty member of FIT, focusing on global sourcing in the textile industries within the International Trade and Marketing department. She holds a B.S. from Michigan State University in Apparel and Textile Design and an A.A.S. from Fashion Institute of Technology in Fashion Design.  

KATHERINE MORIWAKI

Katherine Moriwaki is an Assistant Professor of Media Design in the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. As faculty at Parsons Katherine's focus is on interaction design and artistic practice. She teaches core curriculum classes in the M.F.A. Design + Technology Program where students engage a broad range of creative methodologies to realize new possibilities in interactive media. Katherine is also currently completing a Ph.D. in the Networks and Telecommunications Research Group at Trinity College Dublin, which examines the intersection between fashion, technology, and creative practice.Her work has appeared in numerous festivals and conferences including numer.02 at Centre Georges Pompidou, Futuresonic, Break 2.2, SIGGRAPH, eculture fair, Transmediale, ISEA, Ars Electronica, WIRED Nextfest, and Maker Faire. Her publications have appeared in a wide range of venues such as Rhizome.org, Ubicomp, CHI, ISEA, NIME, the European Transport Conference, and the Journal of AI and Society. Her project Umbrella.net, in collaboration with Jonah Brucker-Cohen was featured in "New Media Art" by Mark Tribe and Reena Jana in 2006.Working within a broad range of areas, Katherine's work spans disciplines and communities of practice. She has taught at a wide variety of institutions and departments, such as Trinity College Dublin, Rhode Island School of Design, and Parsons The New School for Design, as has lead workshops on interaction design and the creative re-use of electronic objects around the globe.