Prasad Boradkar

Dean, College of Design

Dr. Prasad Boradkar is dean of the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. He is a designer, anthropologist, educator, and researcher with several years of experience leading design and research teams in both academia and industry.

Most recently Boradkar served as UX research and sustainability lead at Google’s Advanced Technology & Projects Division, where he led efforts on user experience research and sustainable development for health and wellness products.

Prior to his work at Google, he was a professor of industrial design at Arizona State University where he also served as co-director of the Biomimicry Center and director of InnovationSpace. The Biomimicry Center is dedicated to the exploration of biologically-inspired solutions to tackle the challenges of sustainable development. InnovationSpace is a transdisciplinary laboratory where faculty and students from industrial design, visual communication design, business, sustainability, and engineering work in teams and partner with corporations to develop product concepts that hold societal benefit while minimizing impacts on the environment. 

Boradkar holds a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from University College London; an M.A. in industrial design from The Ohio State University; an MDes in industrial design from the Industrial Design Centre, Bombay; and a Bachelor of Engineering from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.

He is the author of Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects, co-editor of Encountering Things: Design and Theories of Things, and is currently working on a book on Indian design.

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PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology, University College London

Master of Arts in Industrial Design, The Ohio State University

Master of Design in Industrial Design, Industrial Design Centre, Bombay

Bachelor of Engineering, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India

Prasad Boradkar

Prasad Boradkar


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