Lucas J. Daniel Series in Sustainable Systems

Lucas J. Daniel

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

Gretchen Bakke

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.

Small Things Forgotten | Gretchen Bakke

Energy Ecosystems: Reflections on Energy Management in the Natural World, and Chicago’s Clean Energy Transition | Jenny Carney

Systems, Stomata, and Serendipity: Accelerating the Sustainability Revolution | William Rosenzweig