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Jeremy Alexis is a Clinical Professor of Design and the Vice Provost for Professional and Continuing Education at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech). At the IIT Institute of Design (ID), he teaches Analysis and Synthesis in Design (a foundation design process class) and Innovation Methods (a survey class on advanced innovation methods). As Vice Provost for Professional and Continuing Education, Jeremy curates the knowledge, experience, and talent from across all of the colleges and institutes at the university to offer customized non-degree, credentialed training, coaching, and toolkits. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Tech and a master of design (MDes) from ID.

Activities at ID

Since joining ID in 2006, Jeremy has created and delivered course content on design, leadership, decision-making, and design for technical innovation. He served for eight years as Director of Interprofessional Projects (IPRO), Illinois Tech’s distinctive project-based program for undergraduates. He also served as Assistant Dean of the Institute of Design from 2006–12. Jeremy created the dual degree program (MDes+MBA) and the executive education program at ID. The executive education program has served clients such as FedEx, Nestle/Purina, AB/Inbev, Ford, The Kresge Foundation, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Jeremy’s research and development interests include increasing the success rate of design implementation through interdisciplinary collaboration, design and innovation capability, culture building in large organizations, and making the user-centered design more relevant for technical problems.

Industry Experience

Before joining ID, Jeremy served as Team Lead at Gravity Tank (2004–05) and Project Leader at Doblin (2000–04) and Archideas (1999–2000) in Chicago. He has worked with clients such as Unilever, Motorola, Citibank, Pfizer, American Express, Target Corporation, and Zebra Technologies. 

Speaking and Publishing

Jeremy’s publications and other media include “Design Innovation,” in The Global Innovation Science Handbook (McGraw Hill, 2013); “From Lock In to Lock Out, Using Design to Create Fiercely Loyal Customers,” in Rotman on Design: The Best on Design Thinking from Rotman Magazine (University of Toronto Press, 2013); and “Getting People to Talk,” a widely viewed video on ethnographic interviewing.

Recent Work

Alexis, Jeremy. 2013. “Design Innovation.” In Global Innovation Science Handbook, edited by Praveen Gupta and Brett E. Trusko. New York: McGraw Hill.

Alexis, Jeremy. 2013. “From Lock In to Lock Out, Using Design to Create Fiercely Loyal Customers.” In Rotman on Design: The Best on Design Thinking from Rotman Magazine, edited by Roger Martin and Karen Christensen. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.