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Vijay Kumar, MS

Professor Emeritus, Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design

Vijay led the Strategic Design Planning and the Design Methods programs (www.id.iit.edu). For more than 12 years he was the chief methodologist at Doblin Inc. (now a member of Deloitte) a leading global innovation firm based in Chicago (www.doblin.com).

In the late eighties, Vijay pioneered the early developments in design thinking and spearheaded its widespread growth through powerful processes, methods, and frameworks. He has taught, published, lectured, and consulted throughout the world about how to use structured methods, tools, and frameworks for conceiving reliable human-centered innovations and turning them into strategic plans for organizations. His research and consulting is focused on framing up emerging innovation opportunities in education, health care, communication, retail, emerging markets, government services, technology platforms, social reform, and others.

Vijay consults with companies for planning innovations using systemic, structured, and user-centered methods. A frequent speaker, Vijay is the author of the best-selling book on design thinking,  “101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization” .