Lucas J. Daniel Series in Sustainable Systems
About the Lucas J. Daniel Series in Sustainable Systems
The focus of ID’s annual event in memory of ID alum Lucas J. Daniel (1974–2017) is to drive discourse in sustainability and systems design, areas Lucas was passionate about.
The Lucas J. Daniel Series in Sustainable Systems was endowed in 2018 by family, friends, colleagues, and classmates of Lucas J. Daniel. Lucas was a 2005 ID graduate and spent 11 years at Chicago design and innovation consultancy gravitytank. There he built a food experience design practice that applied holistic, systems-level thinking to food innovation. At the time of his passing, Lucas was senior director, strategic innovation at Salesforce, Inc., where he managed innovation teams and advised customers within the Ignite Business Unit Group.
Today, the Lucas J. Daniel Series in Sustainable Systems hosts speakers who can address topics that would benefit from systems thinking and systems design. Featured speakers give lectures or join a public conversation with ID faculty and/or other discussants, presenting their perspective on a systemic issue.
Past speakers in the Lucas J. Daniel Series include:
2021 Lucas J. Daniel Perspective in Sustainable Systems
Cultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke, author of The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future, discussed this complex systems design and sustainability challenge with ID faculty Weslynne Ashton and Carlos Teixeira and IIT professor Mohammad Shahidehpour, director of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation.