Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness received her degree in Industrial and Environmental Design from the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences in Germany and an M.F.A. in Industrial Design from The Ohio State University, where she also worked as a lecturer and research associate for its Department of Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design. At Ohio State, she participated in a collaborative project on Hybrid-SUV interiors with the Center of Automotive Research. She previously served in design positions at industrial firms including the Lear Corp., and the iDS-Industrial Design Studio in Hamburg, Germany, where she helped developing interior design concepts for the Fairchild Dornier 728 jet. She has also taught sponsored courses for Dell Inc., Freescale, Gulfstream, Swarovski and Rubbermaid. With impressive skillsets in model building, contextual research, design strategy and the sustainability practices, Paepcke-Hjeltness facilitates design thinking in the classroom and shares with students the state-of-the-art techniques she’s applied in her many years of industrial design work.