Benjamin Linder

he / him / his

ADE Director; Professor of Design and Mechanical Engineering 


Ben Linder portrait


Milas Hall 370




  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • B.S., Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan


  • Sustainable Design

Dr. Linder’s teaching and research efforts are focused on sustainable design, international development, human centered design and creative design methods. These efforts are directed at developing techniques and approaches that further a more ecologically connected and socially informed design practice. As an experienced teacher and practitioner of product design, Linder regularly advises and delivers workshops for practitioners, educators and the Public. He is a co-organizer of the International Development Design Summit that brings people together from over 20 countries to build local, creative design capacity.