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​Ashley John Pigford​
Associate Professor
Department of Art & Design
M.F.A. (Graphic Design) Rhode Island School of Design, 2006
B.S. (Visual Communications) University of Delaware, 1996

Ashley John Pigford is an interaction designer working at the intersection of design process and art practice. His cross-disciplinary creative work involves physical computing and postdigital processes in the interrogation of language through digitally-mediated experiences. His work manifests as electronic sculpture, interactive installation, performance, video and print. He received his MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design after a successful career as a proprietor of graphic design in Los Angeles, CA. He is an Assistant Professor of Visual Communications in the Department of Art at the University of Delaware.

Dr. Dustyn Roberts, P.E.
Assistant Professor of Instruction
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dustyn Roberts received her B.S. in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (2003), her M.S. in Biomechanics & Movement Science (2004) from the University of Delaware, and her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (2014) from New York University. She has six years of professional experience in the robotics and medical fields, and is passionate about translational research and engineering education.

Dr. Jenni M. Buckley
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Buckley received her Bachelor's of Engineering (2001) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware, and her MS (2004) and PhD (2006) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked on computational and experimental methods in spinal biomechanics. Since 2006, her research efforts have focused on the development and mechanical evaluation of medical devices, particularly orthopaedic, neurosurgical, and pediatric devices. In 2011, Dr. Buckley joined the faculty at the University of Delaware Department of Mechanical Engineering, where she teaches a range of courses as part of the undergraduate curriculum. Dr. Buckley also serves as the Chief Scientific Officer for The Taylor Collaboration, an orthopaedic biomechanical testing laboratory, and also the Executive Director of The Perry Initiative, which sponsors outreach programs to inspire young women to pursue careers in Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering.

Anthony Middlebrooks
Director, Graduate Programs, & Associate Professor
Horn Program in Entrepreneurship

Tony Middlebrooks, Ph.D. creates tools, explores and teaches at the intersection of leadership, innovation, creativity and design as Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware. Previously he helped develop the Organizational and Community Leadership program at UD, and the doctoral program in leadership as a professor at Cardinal Stritch University. He spent ten years prior in non-profit leadership positions culminating in writing, consulting, and presenting on a variety of leadership topics. Dr. Middlebrooks teaches courses in leadership theory and practice, decision-making, creativity and innovation, and social entrepreneurship. His current research interests focus on methods of leadership education and the integration of leadership, creativity, and design thinking. Dr. Middlebrooks has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. 

Jules Bruck, APLD
Associate Professor of Landscape Design

Jules Bruck, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Landscape Design at the University of Delaware. She loves studio teaching and engaging university and continuing adult students in the process of landscape design and planting design. She values equal education opportunities and offers introductory online courses in landscape design. A permanently certified member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Jules has owned Evolution Landscape Design, LLC for the past 15 years. 

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IxD Faculty
  • Department of Art & Design
  • 104 Recitation Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2244