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Benjamin Linder, Ph.D.

Benjamin Linder

Professor of Design and Mechanical Engineering 

Milas Hall 370


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

Select Courses Taught

Design Nature
User Oriented Collaborative Design
Sustainable Design
Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship


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.