Encompassing courses in design thinking and business management, the Master of Professional Studies in Design Management (M.P.S.) degree at the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) prepares design managers to lead creative teams in a variety of design-based industries. The outstanding faculty – both resident and visiting – help develop disruptive thinking using design as the fulcrum for increasing customer delight.

Design represents a valuable strategic asset – the tools and the processes to problem-solve and innovate. The management of that asset, the ability to understand, optimize, and steer that energy is becoming vital to an organization’s internal and external success. Category-leading companies like Apple, GE, Johnson & Johnson, Bose, and Schick know this to be a marketable truth. The MPS in Design Management program at SASD is a two-year intensive program for design professionals of all disciplines.

Courses are specifically tailored to real-world issues facing designers and are taught by leading design management professionals. The team-based assignments focus on practical and actionable problem solving, preparing students to immediately use the information and skills they learn. Design Managers who graduate from SASD leave with the core skills and tools to apply design thinking to solve the most pressing business issues of our time: sustainability, social responsibility, and profitability.



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UB Giving Day 2018 @ University of Bridgeport
Mar 28 – Mar 29 all-day

Join us on March 28, 2018, and help us Paint the Day Purple for our 2nd Annual Giving Day Challenge. This year our goal is to reach 500 donors in 24 hours. Stay tuned on Giving Day for hourly challenges from UB Board of Trustees and alumni!

For more information, visit

• Make a gift on Wednesday, March 28
› Online at
› Mail a check payable to University of Bridgeport
› Call the Office of Annual Giving at 203.576.4542
• Get social and share your “Only UB” stories using hashtag #UBGivingDay!

Add your brushstroke and join the painting party!

12th Annual SASD Design Alumni Event @ Arnold Bernhard Center at UB
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Join us for the 12th Annual SASD Design Alumni Event – a full day of celebration recognizing our most accomplished alumni and congratulating our graduating seniors!  Hosted by Art Landi ’74 ID & UB Trustee and honoring 2018 SASD Professional Achievement Award Winner Patrick Nolan ’90 ID, President of DesignThink.

11:00am  Senior Design Exhibition in the Schelfhaudt Gallery
12:00pm Alumni Panel in Littlefield Recital Hall
12:45pm Senior Awards Ceremony in Littlefield Recital Hall
1:30pm   Alumni Award Reception in the duPont Tower Room
3:00pm  Arnold Bernhard Center tours are offered
4:00pm  Alumni Reception concludes

There is no fee to attend but kindly RSVP to by April 25 to Lindsey Christiani, Assistant Director for Alumni & Family Engagement, at 203-576-4151 or  You may also register online at

About Patrick Nolan ’90
President, DesignThink

Patrick has 30 years of global design experience in Industrial Design, is passionate about all things design where he is focused on creating meaningful experiences. “Meeting and working with new people is what I enjoy most day to day.”

Patrick has worked as a design leader at Black & Decker, Stanley Tools, and Newell Rubbermaid prior to founding DesignThink.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Bridgeport in 1990.  He is focused on design leadership, exploring new processes and building successful teams.  Patrick is currently engaged at DesignThink where he and his team deliver global brand and product solutions across a prolific range of industries which include medical devices, juvenile products, construction & tools, office products, housewares, outdoor gear, and consumer electronics.

Patrick is named on over 60 utility and design patents and has been recognized on several Industrial Design Awards.  He brings his years of experience working on innovative, breakthrough products to help clients identify and translate user needs into relevant and meaningful design solutions.  He is focused on creating new user experiences through an integrated design process to ensure that the users’ needs, aesthetic strategies, and performance criteria are complemented in each project.

Outside of work, Patrick is a huge Corvette nut and is currently working on the restoration of a 1968 convertible that apparently has no real end date in sight but is fun to work on.  “I think having a long term project with an indefinite end offers a nice counter balance to being so deadline focused in my professional world.  Not sure my family shares that same philosophy with me though”.


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