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Lecture: Design and Wicked Problems in Business, Tech, and Society

September 5, 2023 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar welcomes Alex Wilcox Cheek, design manager at Google to speak at the inaugural Mark S. Kamlet Distinguished Lecture in Information Systems. The Mark S. Kamlet Distinguished Lecture in Information Systems is named after Mark S. Kamlet, who is Provost Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University.


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Alex picks up where he left off, discussing design in the context of wicked problems. For twenty years, he has brought a design perspective to tech, business, and human ecologies. Complex new spaces means that traditional approaches to “problem solving” don’t break through, and “design thinking” practices will need to evolve to stay relevant in the years to come. Alex will reflect on his time teaching teaching in Qatar, and how design techniques can help us address the thorniest challenges that face business today.


Alex Wilcox Cheek is an award-winning designer based in New York City. Over the last two decades, he has co-founded a number of start-ups including Classroom Salon, Macromicro, Skale, and a management consultancy, Wilcox Williams. For more than ten years, he taught design, information systems, and HCI at Carnegie Mellon, and was at CMU-Q from 2009 to 2016. He worked in finance in the years that followed, and today leads a design team at Google.


September 5, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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