Committees

 

The EPIC community is driven by the vision, expertise, and hard work of our members. Independent committees develop conference programming and run the show.

 

Conference Chairs

Marta Cuciurean-Zapan

Co-Chair

Marta Cuciurean-Zapan

Marta Cuciurean-Zapan is a design researcher and Director based in IDEO’s Chicago studio. She’s a six-time EPIC presenter and facilitator since 2014. As a co-lead of Research and Insights at IDEO in North America, she is focused on building innovative research approaches, futures perspectives, and the intersection of content, belonging, and culture in teamwork. Marta brings this lens across industries, including mobility and financial services. Her previous work includes user experience at Uptake, pioneering an industrial analytics platform, and Conifer Research. Marta also teaches human centered research and design at DePaul University. She has an MA in Cultural Anthropology from Temple University and a BA in Anthropology and Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University. She enjoys hanging out, arts and crafts with her daughter, and running slowly through Chicago’s city streets and parks.

Evan Hanover

Co-Chair

Evan Hanover

Evan Hanover is an anthropologist and Director at Conifer Research in Chicago. At Conifer, he is passionate about his teams bringing keen anthropological and semiotic lenses to their work. He has done this for clients on topics ranging from healthcare to boating to innovation ethics. He has been an EPIC regular since 2014—presenting, serving on the Pecha Kucha and Tutorials Committees, and occasionally just attending as a civilian. Evan has degrees in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and Cornell University and continues to be surprised and delighted daily that he is using them. In his less ethnographic moments, he tries to make his family laugh, does production photography for several Chicago storefront theaters, and practices the art of soup making.

Case Studies

Ryoko Imai

Co-Chair

Ryoko Imai

Hitachi

Autumn Sanders

Co-Chair

Autumn Sanders

Quire Consulting, LLC

Gillian Bowan

Gillian Bowan

Atlassian

Yuliya Grinberg

Yuliya Grinberg

Drew University

Mithula Naik

Mithula Naik

Canadian Digital Service, Government of Canada

Juliana Saldarriaga

Juliana Saldarriaga

A Piece of Pie

Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas

Space Doctors

Lindsey Wallace

Lindsey Wallace

Cisco

Papers

Karl Mendonca

Co-Chair

Karl Mendonca

Google

Jillian Powers

Co-Chair

Jillian Powers

JP Morgan Chase

Todd Carmody

Todd Carmody

Gemic

Sophie Goodman

Sophie Goodman

SEC Newgate Australia

Oskar Korkman

Oskar Korkman

Alice Labs

Tiffiani Romain

Tiffany Romain

Intel

Louise Vang Jensen

Louise Vang Jensen

Is It a Bird

PechaKucha

Letizia Nardi

Co-Chair

Letizia Nardi

InProcess

Laura Reiss

Co-Chair

Laura Reiss

EY Design

Sue Faulkner

Sue Faulkner

Intel

Almina Karya Odabasi

Almina Karya Odabasi

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Rogerio Lourenco

Rogerio Lourenco

Cross Project Resources

Nora Morales

Nora Morales

Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Cuajimalpa

Brandy Parker

Brandy Parker

IDEO

Traci Thomas

Traci Thomas

Boston Consulting Group

Visual Ethnography

Charley Scull

Chair

Charley Scull

Facebook

Graduate Colloquium

Matt Bernius

Chair

Matt Bernius

Code for America

Site Chairs

Kim Erwin

Co-Chair

Kim Erwin

Institute of Design at Illinois Tech

John Payne

Co-Chair

John Payne

Institute of Design at Illinois Tech

Accessibility

Kate Mesh

Kate Mesh

Open Inclusion

Emily Nickolson

Emily Nickolson

Amazon

Gregory Weinstein

Gregory Weinstein

CVS Health