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Diego Rodriguez


Boise State’s newest Professor of the Practice is poised to contribute his design and innovation expertise to the new College of Innovation and Design (CID). Diego Rodriguez is a partner at IDEO, an award-winning global design firm that uses a design-thinking approach to helping organizations innovate and grow.

“Diego has been at the forefront of fusing design thinking with the practice of innovation. His expertise combined with Boise State’s efforts to innovate higher education is a powerful combination,” said Gordon Jones, dean.

Rodriguez visited Boise State this past year as part of a campus-wide faculty innovation day sponsored by the college. He will continue to work with administrators, faculty and students on innovating the future at Boise State.

IDEO recently announced Boise State as its beta partner for the launch of IDEO U course content distributed within higher education.

Jones will be teaching the first IDEO U course this spring semester, a Bridge to Career class titled “Insights for Innovation.”

In addition to being a partner at IDEO, Rodriguez is a founding professor at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (the, a former entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School, a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab and author of the popular metacool blog. He has received many accolades over the course of his career, including a Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, and he holds multiple patents. In 2010, Fortune named him one of “The Smartest People in Tech.”

Prior to joining IDEO, Rodriguez was a research and development engineer at Hewlett-Packard and a marketer at Intuit. He earned bachelor’s degrees with honors in engineering and humanities from Stanford and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

CID is focused on identifying new pathways of learning that deliver skills to meet emerging workplace needs and reimagining how the university teaches, learns, researches and partners with the community.