ChBE Spring 2019 Seminar


Denis Weil (M.Des. ’01), dean of the Institute of Design

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Spring 2019 Seminar speaker will be Denis Weil (M.Des. ’01), dean of the Institute of Design at Illinois Tech. He will present the lecture “Design in the Age of Emergence.”

Wednesday, February 6 from 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Perlstein Hall, 131 Auditorium

10 W. 33rd Street

Chicago, IL 60616


A native of Switzerland, Denis Weil received a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, ETH) including the Master Thesis Exchange Program with ETH and Imperial College London. In addition to receiving his master’s degree in design planning from the Institute of Design, Weil was a 2015 Advanced Leadership Initiative fellow (nonprofit/public leadership) at Harvard University and guest professor at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (Jerusalem). He began his role as ID dean on January 3, 2017.

Weil is a proven design leader with a passion for advancing the practice of design to create new solutions and approaches to entrenched problems, through both practice and teaching. For more than a dozen years, he has driven design and innovation in leadership positions at organizations such as McDonald’s, Proctor & Gamble, and IDEO. Most recently, Weil has applied his design leadership to driving innovation in the social and public sectors, serving as a design advisor to a range of social and civic organizations, including Bloomberg Philanthropies, Year Up, Mercy Corps, and Sanergy.