Design Thinking In Business: Chris Kasabach
Chris Kasabach comes from the intersecting worlds of design, business and technology. He is the Director of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, Co-founder of BodyMedia, and Co-founder and Chair of k*lab, which was conceived and started at the Harvard Kennedy School. His collaborative works have been recognized by the publications, museums and awards that set the standard in design, business and technology including the New York Times, Wired, Time, Business Week, the Smithsonian/Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and several International Design Excellence Awards. He is an inventor on over 25 patents and patents pending.
In 1999 Chris co-founded BodyMedia Inc., an international healthcare company that helped redefine the field of self-care over the last decade. BodyMedia’s solutions include small wearable monitors, personalized web-based “dashboards” and mobile applications that put an individual’s health in their own view and hands. BodyMedia’s conception was based on the mobile and wearable computing lab he co-directed at Carnegie Mellon in the 1990s working for groups including Boeing, Daimler-Benz and Intel.
Interested in how design and new media can have the widest public impact, Chris spent 2010-11 at Harvard’s Kennedy School where he completed an MPA and founded k*lab, an organization that bridges schools at Harvard and MIT to conceive innovative ventures. He was named a Lucius N. Littauer Fellow for significant contributions to the school. Chris is a 1991 graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design where he has been an adjunct faculty member in the graduate and undergraduate programs. He is a trustee of Winterhouse Institute and a board member of Carnegie Mellon’s Athletic Association. Chris is married to the designer Vanessa Sica, Managing Director of the Masters in Product Development Program at Carnegie Mellon.