Our team includes researchers and students with experiences in engineering, design thinking, psychology, product realization, and design innovation.

Current Team

Executive Director

  • David Sirkin, PhD leads our group under Professor Larry Leifer’s designX lab. David received his PhD from Stanford in ME Design, and Master’s degrees from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and in Management.

Research Staff

  • Rebecca Currano, PhD – Research Scientist in ME Design
  • Veronika Domova, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow in ME Design

PhD Candidates



  • Wendy Ju, PhD – Former Executive Director now Associate Professor at Cornell Tech

PhD Graduates

Postdocs and Visiting Scholars

Rotating and Visiting PhD Students

Masters Students

Undergraduate Students