Najla Mouchrek, Ph.D

Designer and scholar with an interdisciplinary PhD focused on participatory design applied to education and youth empowerment (Virginia Tech) and a M.F.A. in Design, Innovation, and Sustainability (State University of Minas Gerais, Brazil). Currently, Dr. Mouchrek works as Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Virginia Tech Honors College, where she teaches and conducts research about transdisciplinary collaboration, global eco-social emergency and sustainable futures, and about principles of art and design applied to sociotechnical innovation.

After a 17-year career working in communication design for public universities in Brazil, Dr. Mouchrek worked for four years in Academic Affairs at Virginia Tech as a designer supporting student-centered initiatives and systemic change strategies, and two years in Student Affairs applying human centered design to create meaningful experiences for inclusion and collaboration among people from diverse worldviews and cultural backgrounds.

Interdisciplinary Areas of Scholarship & Practice

Human Centered Design  |  Design Thinking  |  Communication Design  |  Diversity & Inclusion  |  Participatory Design | Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability | Sustainable Futures | Design for Youth Development and Empowerment | Purpose and Humanistic Values-driven Career Construction | College Student Holistic Development

Photo: Ray Meese