Maryam Heidaripour is a doctoral candidate in design, cultivating the practice of generating alternative futures with communities. In particular, informed by feminist theory, she is drawing connections between economic development and civic engagement, to move forward the discussion of entrepreneurship to the kind of society and the kinds of citizens that it is creating.
In recent years, she has been engaged in research projects that examine the impacts of emerging technologies on society, among them, are autonomous vehicles, digital fabrication technologies, and advanced manufacturing. She has also conducted a year-long project for socio-economic empowerment of disadvantaged women in Iran and Kenya. The project was introduced as a successful empowering model in the Iran Chamber of Commerce in 2014 and presented at IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology conference in Silicon Valley.
IIT Institute of Design projects
Mapping the Gap in Accessing Justice
The Driverless City Research Featured in New York Times Magazine
PhD Student Leads Speculative Fiction Workshop for Chicago Humanities Festival