Faculty and Staff

Full-Time Faculty

Leslie Speer, Chair 

Leslie Speer is a designer and educator with over 20 years experience working for companies and clients in the U.S., Europe, Central America and Mexico, such as Dupont, Philips, Oracle/Sun Microsystems, Frog Design, the Costa Rican Ministry of Culture, Banamex and various non-governmental organizations.

She is the founder and director of the Simple Limb Initiative, a collective that designs, develops and tests low cost upper and lower limb prosthesis. Speer has held academic positions at the California College of the Arts and San José State University and is a guest lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris and at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts in China. She received a bachelor's degree in industrial design from California State University at Long Beach, and a master's in product design, innovation and management (MDES) from Middlesex University, U.K.


Juan Noguera

Juan Carlos Noguera is an Industrial/Product Designer, he holds a Masters of Industrial Design (MID) from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a Bachelors of Industrial design (BID) from Universidad Rafael Landivar, in Guatemala city. A native Guatemalan, he was raised in a colorful and vivid culture. He quickly developed an interest in how things were made, tearing everything he owned apart, and putting it back together, often with a few leftover pieces. After graduation and a succession of projects related to design for development, Juan was chosen as a Fulbright fellow for the class of 2013 by the U.S. Department of State. He went on to be the lead designer for Voxel8, helping create the world’s first 3D Electronics printer. Juan was awarded as one of MIT Technology Review’s “Innovators under 35” LATAM in 2017. 

Juan Noguera website: https://www.no.com.gt/


Adjunct Faculty

Andrew Dahlgren


Jess Hill 


Jessica Searfino


Julie Naga

As a user-centered designer who claims to be able to get along with nearly anyone, Julie has spent her career arguing. Arguing to have user needs be the top design priority with program managers and technical staff. Advocating human centered solutions ranging from military helmet designs, special operations aircraft systems and personal communications gear to government IT systems. Doing this work with Booz Allen Hamilton over the past 13 years has given her a rich understanding of design and research techniques for a wide range of clients. Julie's work can be traced by the evolution of her career identity - from user centered product designer to army maintenance officer to human factors psychologist to human systems integration (HSI) analyst to a user experience (UX) strategist to design thinking facilitator. The common link has always been user advocacy based and he is excited to see what she will be called next. Moving forward, Julie still hopes for a world where everything can be used intuitively without directions, where every device’s unsightly wiring is unseen and where she arrives early for all meetings, kids sporting and scouting events.


Sarah Templin

Sarah Templin is a Baltimore- and New York-based industrial and material designer who specializes in reimagining material applications for housewares, soft goods and lighting. Her designs have garnered the attention of Fast Company, Dwell, Print Magazine, and the New York Times and has won awards from Core 77 and Autodesk. She is part time faculty of product design at Parsons School of Design (NY) and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MD) as well as the founder and principal of Radica Textiles, a line of hand screen printed textiles and housewares that catered to architecture and interiors firms during its years of operation, from 2008 to 2016.  

Her background in material and softgoods design and over a decade of experience in museum exhibition design, installation and curatorial work shape her distinct approach. In her free time, she creates Situationist Seating.


Mark Hill 


Mike Dougherty 


Supportive Staff 

Jarica Nowlin, Administrative Assistant


Tim Devoe 

Timothy DeVoe is an artist working in the media of sculpture, installation and interactive art. Tim received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has exhibited work internationally as well as across the continental United States.

Tim Devoe website: http://timothydexterdevoe.com/