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Dana Martens

Adjunct Professor, Parsons School of Design


Dana Martens is a designer, creative technologist, maker, teacher, life-long student and geek creating factual alternatives through emerging technology.

She recently graduated from MFA Design + Technology at Parsons School of Design, where she pursued her dual passions for studying and building emerging technologies and designing projects that connect people to realize more sustainable and equitable futures. This summer, she continued her explorations in IDEO’s CoLab in San Francisco where she used design-led research to collaboratively understand and shape how emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, the internet of things, and the blockchain protocol will affect our future.

Previously, Dana worked as a Policy Associate at The New York Academy of Medicine, where she developed policy and supported a portfolio of work at the intersection of aging, business, entrepreneurship, and technology. She also worked for The New York City Department of Small Business Service’s NYC Business Solutions Center where she coached aspiring entrepreneurs to start, operate, and expand their businesses and taught classes on business development and technology.

Dana holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Economics from Smith College and Master of Fine Arts with honors in Design + Technology from Parsons School of Design.