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Chris Rudd named a 2021 “Researcher to Know”

August 12, 2021

Chris Rudd
Fourth annual list from the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC)

Christopher Rudd, Clinical Professor of Community-driven Design at IIT Institute of Design (ID), has been chosen as one of 24 “university researchers who have made a significant impact in their field” in Illinois.

He’s one of two Illinois Tech researchers to make the list.

From the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC):

Rudd’s research focuses on designing anti-racist infrastructures and designing interventions to self-identified challenges caused by racism in communities. He has worked tirelessly with residents on the South and West Sides of Chicago on a series of anti-racist popups—challenging participants to engage with sensitive subjects through anti-racist participatory design.

The ISTC list looks at researchers driving innovation in Illinois—from those advancing new treatments in medicine, to those revolutionizing computing and shaping new technologies in the 21st century.

I believe that the anti-racist, equitable future we all deserve will be created by the people and that design can support the development of that future.
—Chris Rudd, Clinical Professor of Community-driven Design

As a human-centered designer and a community organizer with a passion for social justice, Rudd works to bridge the gap between the tech and design professions with community members.

To create the “Researchers to Know” list, which “illustrate[s] the critical role of Illinois’ university research in the national innovation economy,” ISTC asked university partners to nominate faculty demonstrating excellence, particularly those that have achieved recent milestones.

Rudd was recently chosen to participate in Chicago Urban League’s highly selective IMPACT Leadership Development Program and profiled in the Chicago Reader.