Curriculum Vitae


  

John Paul Kusz,  FIDSA
 
 
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

 

Extensive experience in product, business and organizational development. Starting and building product design, development and business management groups in the private and public sector.

 

Author of over fifty published articles and papers on: planning at product, market and organizational levels, economic realities and opportunities of regulation, education, and the use of environmental management tools and systems thinking in the planning process.

 

Adjunct professor at University of Illinois, Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology’s, Stuart School of Business and Institute of Design in graduate industrial design, environmental, and management programs.

 

Lecturer at business and professional functions in the US, Europe, and Asia.

 

Successful and profitable management of private sector/government initiatives in highly regulated industries such as chemical and hazardous waste services, personal safety equipment, surgical instrumentation, and medical imaging devices.

 

Advisor invited to participate in programs and research projects with the International Organization for Standardization, US EPA, the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment, Canadian Standards Association, the Netherlands Office of Technology Assessment, a number of US universities, and numerous state and federal standards and regulatory bodies.

 

Member of a number of national professional associations, including chairmanship of major committees and guest editor.

 

Holder of ten US and foreign patents.

 

 

 

 

ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS

 

Masters of Business Administration (MBA) - Marketing

Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois

 

Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) - Industrial Design and Planning

Thesis Title: “Product Design: The Next Phase”

Phi Kappa Phi

College of Architecture, Art and Urban Planning

University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois

 

Bachelors of Fine Art (BFA) - Industrial Design

College of Architecture, Art and Urban Planning

Minors: Psychology, Physical Education

University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois

 
 
 
 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

JPKUSZ, Ltd.

Park Ridge, Illinois  

 

Principal, providing consulting and business development strategies dedicated to eliminating or reducing the negative environmental consequences of business and commerce.  Clients include businesses, non-government organizations, and academic institutions. (1998 – present).

 

Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology.

Chicago, Illinois  

 

Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design, Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology (2005 – present)

Associate Director and co-founder of The Center for Sustainable Enterprise, Stuart of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology. (2000- 2011)

Adjunct Professor of Industrial Ecology, Environmental Management Program, Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology (1998 – 2010)

 

Safety-Kleen Corporation

Elgin, Illinois  

 

Director - Product Compliance and Stewardship

Responsible for facilitation of professional and support staff dedicated to management of the company's products. The company provides environmental products and services for industrial parts cleaning, the recycling of automotive and industrial fluids, and coating and finishing industries. Responsibilities include: strategic planning activities such as participation in internal opportunity assessments and external multi-sector programs; providing accurate product communications; and representing the company's interests with federal, state and local government agencies. (1993 - 1998)

 

Manager - Product Development

Responsible for facilitation of professional and support staff dedicated to development of products related to the company's business.  Responsibilities include: product assessment; patenting, licensing and commercialization activities; project and department budgeting; technical, operational, and financial feasibility studies; and technology transfer to international affiliates. Initiated several award winning product programs. (Product Development and Management Association Corporate Innovator Award, Industrial Designers Society of America Design of the Decade Award)  (1985 - 1993)

 

Assistant Manager - Product Development

Managed the company's first consumer product effort in the automotive do-it-yourself market and had primary product management responsibility for the company's restaurant services group. (1982 -1985)

 

Moldtronics Incorporated

Downers Grove, Illinois  

 

Director of New Product Development

Responsible for the evaluation, development, and promotion of new product concepts related to engineering resins and high tolerance insert molding. Responsibilities included patent, trademark, and licensing matters, management of marketing efforts related to existing products, and development of materials analysis and test protocols for products involving EMI and RFI attenuation and material conductivity. (1980 – 1981)

 

Chemetron-Universal X-Ray Division of Allegheny Ludlum Industries

Chicago, Illinois  

 

Design Engineer/Product Manager

Responsible for new product development, management, and marketing assistance. Interfaced with federal regulators and testing laboratories to upgrade products within industry and government guidelines. Developed a product line, including collateral market support, which significantly enhanced the company's image and resulted in a substantial increase in system sales. (1977 – 1979)

 

V. Mueller Division of American Hospital Supply Corporation

Niles, Illinois  

 

Design Engineer

Responsible for concept design of precision, durable and disposable surgical instruments, and development of experimental protocol and presentations. Projects ranged from kidney stone retrieving devices and urological instruments to a highly experimental plasma scalpel, including the unit's support system. (1976 –1977)

 

The Other Side Youth Service Bureau

Chicago, Illinois  

 

Administrative Director

Responsible for the administrative oversight of five professional staff members and several volunteers in a non-profit aftercare program treating adolescents and their families during the transition period from institutional confinement to independent living. Responsibilities included grant-writing, fiscal management, group and individual design projects for the agency, and interface with grantors and contractors (ILEC/DCFS).

Involvement with the bureau started in 1972 on a voluntary basis and as a member of the founding board of directors and co-author of the program's initiating grant. A full-time position was taken in November of 1974. Served as president of the bureau's Board of Directors in 1976 and 1977.

 

Fendall Safety Equipment

Chicago, Illinois  

 

Design Engineer

Responsible for new product concept and development work related to the manufacture of eye, face, head, and ear protection. Projects included development of corporate identity, packaging, the design of a self-contained eye-wash station. Coordinated an addition to the manufacturing plant that included the design and fabrication of a series of plano lens polishing units. (1972 – 1973)

 

 
PUBLICATIONS

Kusz, J.P., Green Environment and Sustainability, Management Module, Instructor Guide,(Manual and insructor’s guide for eight-week course.) Work product for: Institute for Workforce Education, St. Augustine College, February 2015.

Kusz, J.P., Green Sustainability Awareness, Instructor Guide,(Manual and instructor’s guide for three-hour introductory course.) Work product for: Institute for Workforce Education, St. Augustine College, September 2014.

Kusz, J.P. 'A New Design Ethic for a New Reality', in Walker, S. and Giard, J. (eds) The Handbook of Design for Sustainability, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp 299 – 311, July, 2013

Kusz, J.P., Wells-Papanek, D., The World is Smaller, Design is Bigger – Living Learning and Designing in a Sustainable World, Innovation, (IDSA Journal), Summer, 2007.

Kusz, J.P., Wells-Papanek, D., "Design or Default," the choice, and the legacy, is ours..., Greening of Industry Network, Conference - GIN2007, Sustainable Social and Ecosystem Stewardship, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. - June 15-17, 2007.

Kusz, J.P., “The Carbon Footprint, A Life Cycle Overview Approach to Evaluate Product Impact in Development,” Proceedings, "Elements of Change," Industrial Designers Society of America 2006 National Conference and Education Symposium, Austin, Texas, September 17-20. 2006.

Kusz, J.P., Nassos, G.P., “Small Business, Big Changes, Focusing On Sustainability, A Small Business Drives Innovation Internally And Policy In Its Sector,” Proceedings,  9th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation, “Science, Society and Sustainability,” Santorini, Greece, June 18-21, 2006

Kusz, J.P., “When Good Design Means Responsible Design,”  Design Management Review, Summer, 2005

Kusz, J.P., Nassos, G.P., “A Comprehensive Business Model for Sustainable Enterprises, Proceedings,” International Conference on Business, Economics, Management and Marketing, Athens Institute For Education And Research,  Athens, Greece, June 16-18, 2005.

Kusz, J.P., “Living Out of the Box  -  Generating Product and Business Innovations that Balance the Tenets of Sustainability,” Proceedings, Sustainable Innovation 03 - Creating Sustainable Products, Services and Product-Service Systems, Towards Sustainable Product Design - 8th International Conference, Stockholm, Sweden 27-28 October 2003

Kusz, J.P., “Balancing the Tenets of Sustainability in Product/Business Models,” Proceedings:  Industrial Designers Society of America, Educators Conference, Pratt Institute, New York, NY. August 11, 2003.

Kusz, J.P., “A Resource Recovery and Conservation Scheme,” An Enterprise Model To Create Long-Term Value And Income Streams, Proceedings, Going Green – CARE Innovation 2002, Vienna, Austria, November 25,2002

Kusz, J.P., “Integrating Stewardship and Development,” A Multidiscipline, Systems Approach in Reducing Products to Practice. Proceedings: Towards Sustainable Product Design, 7th International Conference  of The Center for Sustainable Design, London, England, October 29, 2002

Anderson, P.,  Kusz, J.P., “Engineering Education for the "Real" World,” Educating Engineers to Meet Real Needs with Minimal Environmental Effects, Proceedings: Engineering Education in Sustainable Development,
Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, October 24, 2002.

Kusz, J.P., Nassos, G.P.,  “Comprehensive Enterprise Management.” Managing All the Capital of Enterprise for the Long Term. Proceedings: The 8th Roundtable on Clean Production, Cork, Ireland, October 9 - 11, 2002

Kusz, J.P.,  “Innovating for the Global and International Marketplace,” The Hidden Potential of Emerging Economies, Proceedings: 2002 International Conference on Industrial Design &The  8th  China Industrial Design Annual Meeting, Shenyang , PR China, September 14th - 19th, 2002.

Kusz, J.P., “The Embedded Wealth of Emerging Economies,” A Path to Sustainable Design? Proceedings:  Industrial Designers Society of America, Educators Conference, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, July 18, 2002.

Kusz, J.P., “Diffusion, Confusion or Illusion? - Measuring the Success Rate of Alternative Cleaning Processes,” Proceedings: CleanTech - 2002,  Atlanta, Georgia, May 22, 2002.

Kusz, J. P., “Innovating From The Base: Designing Solutions For The Whole Pyramid,” Proceedings: The First China-Us Joint Conference On Design Education, Beijing University of Aero and Astro, Beijing, China,  May 14 - 17, 2002.

Kusz, J.P., “Emerging The Eco-Literate Enterprise, - Aligning The Agenda Of Enterprise With Sustainability,” Proceedings: Euro-Sustain 2002, Rhodes, Greece, April, 2 - 5, 2002.

Kusz, J.P., Nassos, G.P.,  “Sustain This. Sustain This! Sustain This?” Industrial Ecology in the Context of the Business/Product Model, Proceedings: The International Society for Industrial Ecology, Inaugural Meeting,
The Science and Culture of Industrial Ecology, The Netherlands, November 12-14, 2001.

Kusz, J.P., Industrial Design, Meet Industrial Ecology,” The Expanding Role of Industrial Design on a Limited Planet,  Proceedings: ICSID-2001, International Congress of Societies of Industrial Design, Congress,
Exploring the Emerging Design Paradigm, Oullim, Seoul, South Korea, October, 2001.

Kusz, J.P., “Starting Over,” Repositioning the Designer in the Design Process,  Proceedings: IDSA National Conference on Design Education, “Designing Your Life,” Massachusetts Collage of Art, Boston, MA. August 14, 2001.

Kusz, J.P., “Designing with Sustainability in Mind.” We Become What We Think About,  Proceedings: The IDSA National Conference on Design Education, “Designing Your Life,” Massachusetts Collage of Art,
Boston, MA. August 14, 2001.

Kusz, J.P. and Petruzi, M., “The Cleanest Cleaners” Green Seal’s Sustainable Lodging Stakeholder Initiative,
Lodging, October 2000.

Fava, J., et al, “A Flexible Framework to Select and Implement Environmental Strategies,”
Strategic Environmental Management, Vol. 1, Issue 1, March 1998. (Presents a framework for using systems programs, & tools in environmental decision-making. Written by the members of R.F.Weston’s LCA Roundtable.)

Kusz, J.P., “Ecolabel Investments: What’s Behind the Label,” Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy,
Spring Issue, 1997.

Kusz, J.P., “The Creation of Wealth - Updating the Model”, Eco-Efficiency As A Global Business Strategy,
GEMI ’96 (Global Environmental Management Initiative) National Conference, Arlington, Virginia, March 21, 1996.

Kusz, J.P.,  “Searching for the Best Solution In Parts Cleaning,” American Defense Preparedness Association, 22nd Environmental Symposium Proceedings: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, March 18 - 21, 1996.

Kusz, J.P.,  Product Stewardship Guidance Manual - Safety-Kleen Corp., "Product Definition, Product Trail, Product Risk Review, Risk Characterization/Risk Management,"  Safety-Kleen Corp., Elgin Illinois, May 5, 1995.

Kusz, J.P., "Revised ISO Standards to Include Environmental Management Systems", Green Perspectives, CEC Newsletter of IDSA, March 1995.

Kusz, J.P., "Ecologically Affirmative Concept Formation: A Deeper Shade of Green", Design Management Journal, Fall Issue, 1993.

Kusz, J.P., "Needs, Wants or Neither: The Nature of Products in a Changing World", Design Research Collaboration: Interdisciplinary Approach to Design Education, Conference on Design Education, Georgia Institute of Technology,  Atlanta, Georgia, August 10, 1993.

Callahan, M. & Kusz, J.P., "You Can't Always Judge a Paint Spray Gun Cleaning System by Its Cover", Pollution Prevention Conference on Low- and No-VOC Coating Technologies, San Diego, Ca., May 27, 1993.

Kusz, J. P., "One World - One Future", (Ecologically Affirmative Design) Innovation, ( IDSA Journal), Spring, 1993.

Kusz, J. P., "The New Reality", The Capital Chemist, (Chemical Society of Washington - American Chemical Society),  Vol. 43, No. 3, March, 1993.

Kusz J. P., "Reducing The Footprints We Leave Behind", Innovation , August, 1992.

Kusz J. P., "Made on Earth II, The New Reality", Innovation (IDSA Journal), August, 1992.

Kusz, J. P., et el., "Integrating Environmental Goals with Product Design - Household Chemical Products;
A Case Study", US Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, (contract no. N3-4740.0), Spring, 1992.
(Contributing research to “Green Products by Design, Choices for a Cleaner Environment,” OTA-E-541, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 1992.)

Kusz, J. P., "Integrating Environmental Goals and the Product Development Process", Proceedings from the Design Actions and Resources for the Environment (DARE) Conference of the Design Management Institute (DMI), Boston, Massachusetts, December 8 - 11, 1991,.

Kusz, J. P., "The Role of Product Design in the New Reality", Proceedings from Design for Environmentally Responsible Products Executive Forum, Washington, DC., December 3 - 4, 1991

Kusz, J. P., "PLA. Today's Design Tool for Tomorrow", SEED (Social-Ecologically Effective Design), Summer/Fall, 1991.

Kusz, J. P., "Product Life Analysis and Product Life Extension, Tools for Increasing the Environmental Return on Investment", Proceedings: Plastics and the Environment - A Global Perspective,  New York, NY., May 22 - 23, 1991

Kusz, J. P., "Product Design: The Next Phase", Proceedings: Design for Disassembly and Recyclability for Plastics and Reinforced Materials,  Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Southfield (Detroit), Michigan, May 14 - 15, 1991.

Kusz, J. P., "Materials, Processes and Product Life Assessment", Proceedings: The National Conference on Design Education, Pasadena, California, August 1990.

Kusz, J. P., "Environmental Integrity and Economic Viability", Innovation, (IDSA Journal) Summer, 1990.

Kusz, J. P., "What Will We Do the Day After Earth Day?” Proceedings: IDSA Northeast District Conference, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 20 - 21, 1990.

Kusz, J. P., "Materials and Processes - The Designer's Choice", Proceedings: IDSA Western Regional Conference, Yosemite National Park, California March 16 - 18, 1990,.

Kusz, J. P., "Is It Product Design, or Is It Garbage Design", Design Perspectives, December 1989.

Kusz, J. P., "You Too Are a Natural Resource", Proceedings: The National Conference on Design Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 7 & 8, 1989.

Kusz, J. P., "The Product Development Process - Making It Happen", Innovation, Fall, 1988.

 
 
 
PATENTS
 
RainBank, Modular Rainwater Recovery and Retention System (R&L Solutions)

United States Patent (Applied/Pending 2009)

 

Secure Coolant Container with Secondary Containment (Safety-Kleen)

United States Patent 5,353,951, issued October 11, 1994.

 

Solvent Re-circulating Type Spray Gun Cleaner (Safety-Kleen)

United States Patent 5,213,119, issued May 25, 1993.

 

Quick Release Buffing Pad (Safety-Kleen)

United States Patent 5,138,735, issued August 18, 1992.

 

All Weather Apparatus for Cleaning Pipe Threads (Safety-Kleen)

United States Patent 5,052,422, issued October 1, 1991.

 

Air Operated Pump and Motor (Safety-Kleen)

United States Patent 4,732,537, issued March 22, 1988.

 

Combined Child Carrier and Cargo Container *

United States Patent 4,367,829, issued June 11, 1983.

United Kingdom Patent 2091176, issued June 6, 1984.

Canadian Patent 1171396, issued July 24, 1984.

United States Patent Des. 274,333, issued June 12, 1984.

* This product was independently developed and licensed to Troxel Manufacturing, Memphis, TN.

 

 
 
 
ACADEMIC  PROGRAMS & GUEST  PRESENTATIONS 

Design in the Anthropocene - The Holocene is over, the Anthropocene has begun…,” Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), Milwaukee, WI. October 7, 2015,


"The Sustainability Challenge: ..to Redefine Prosperity in a World of Population Growth, Energy Depletion, Climate Change and more…” (one-day seminar and workshop) Wayne State University, Executive PhD Track, Dept. of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering,  Detroit, MI., April 24, 2015.


"Climate Change – A Numbers Game We’re Losing.”
India Development Coalition of America (IDCA),  Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Rice Campus, Wheaton IL.. October 19, 2014


"Living in a Man-made World" 

Earth Day Symposium, India Development Coalition of America (IDCA),
Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL. April 27, 2014.


Design in the Anthropocene - The Holocene is over, the Anthropocene has begun…,”Illinois Institute of Technology,  Institute of Design, Chicago, IL., April 1, 2014


“Urban Timber – Wood for Good,” US Green Building Council Seminar, Chicago Regional Carpenters Council, Lisle, IL.,  October 24, 2013.


“Changing Behavior in a Changing Climate,” India Development Coalition of America, Illinois Institute of Technology,  Rice Campus, Wheaton, IL. October 13, 2013.


Going from Stuck to Sustainable, Using Cognitive Dissonance to Drive Radical Innovation,
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), Milwaukee, WI. October 10, 2013.


“The Power of Story, the power to see together, the power to solve together,” Design Learning Challenge Workshop, Columbia University, Chicago, IL., August 24, 2013


“Fine and applied, culture consciousness and creativity,” University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois Art & Design Reunion,  June 8, 2013.


"The Sustainability Challenge: ..to Redefine Prosperity in a World of Population Growth, Energy Depletion, Climate Change and more…” (one-day seminar and workshop) Wayne State University, Executive PhD Track, Dept. of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering,  Detroit, MI., April 26, 2013


“The End of Consumer Capitalism,” Industrial Designers Society of America, Midwest District Conference, Indianapolis, IN, April 20, 2013.


Going from Stuck to Sustainable, Using Cognitive Dissonance to Drive Radical Innovation,
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), Milwaukee, WI. October 31, 2012,


"Design and Emergent Thinking - Linear Consumption to Living Communities"

Product Design Program, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, November 3, 2011. 


"The Precautionary Principle and System Stewardship" 

Industrial Ecology, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL., October 25, 2011.


"Designing Sustainable Inflections, Changing the Course of Products, Businesses and Systems"
Purdue University, West Laf
ayette, IN., October 21,f 2011.

"The Climate Change Casino, our biggest bet yet..."
Ninth International Conference, India Development Coalition of America (IDCA)
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Rice Campus, Wheaton IL., October 16, 2011.


"Designing Sustainable Inflections, Changing the Course of Products, Businesses and Systems"
Friday Lecture Series (seminar and workshop) 
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL., October 14, 2011.


"A New Design Ethic for a New Reality"
III International Symposium on Sustainable Design
Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil, September 29. 2011.


"
What Price Power?" 
The Air We Breathe: The Chicago Clean Air Design Challenge Symposium,  The Gallery at 1915 S. Halsted Street, The Pilsen Neighborhood, Chicago, IL.,   Sponsored by Design Makes Change,  June 18, 2011.

"The Sustainability Challenge: ..to Redefine Prosperity in a World of Population Growth, Energy Depletion, Climate Change and more…” (one-day seminar and workshop)  Wayne State University, 
Executive PhD Track, Dept. of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering,  Detroit,  MO., May 6, 2011. 

"Fluids, Foods, Fibers, and Fuel - Many Needs, One Source" Earth Day Forum, India Development Coalition of America,   Oakbrook Central Library, Oakbrook, IL., April 23, 2011 

“'Me' to 'We,' towards an inclusive/collaborative design ethic,"
Industrial Designers Society of America, Midwest District Conference, St. Louis, MO., April 2, 2011.

“Going Beyond the Three Rs,” Presentation at International Home and Housewares Show, McCormick Place,
Chicago, IL., March 7, 2011

“Sustainability 101,” Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Evanston, IL., 
March 4, 2011.

As Far As We Can See, Symposium on Supply Chain Management. DSC Logistics Corporate Center, Des Plaines, IL.,  Unanticipated Innovation in Supply Chain Systems and the Consequences - From Shipping to Sushi, October 21, 2010.

“Story and Sustainability,” IDSA Midwest District Conference, “Every Design Tells a Story,” Hyatt Renaissance Center, Milwaukee WI., April 17, 2010.

“Design as Change Agent,” Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. March 3, 2010.

“Radical Innovation or Reluctant Incrementalism,” Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), Milwaukee, WI.,  October 21, 2009.

 “Driving Radical Innovation,” Sustainable Innovation 09, Towards a Low Carbon Innovation Revolution,
Farnham Castle, Farnham, UK, October 26th-27th 2009.
Commencement 2009, University of Illinois, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL., May 17, 2009

“The Sustainability Challenge: ..to Redefine Prosperity in a World of Population Growth, Energy Depletion, Climate Change and more…” Wayne State University, Executive PhD Track, Dept. of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, ( A one-day seminar and workshop) Detroit,  MI., May 8, 2009

"Innovation, by, with and for the people..." India Development Coalition of America, Darien, IL., April 25. 2009.

“Sharing a Sustainable Vision, Shaping a Sustainable Future,” Graduate School of Business Colloquium, Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL.,  April 20, 2009.
“The Sobering Search for Sustainable Solutions in a Market Economy,” Net Impact Chicago, IIT Stuart School of Business, Chicago IL., April 15, 2009.

Life Cycle and Sustainable Design,(ID 548) Institute of Design, at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL., Spring session 2006-2009. (Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Industrial Design Program.)

Carbon Management and Climate Change – Environmental Management (EM-514) Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL., 2009. (Developed and taught this course for the Master of Science in Environmental Management Program; a unique interdisciplinary graduate program integrating business, management, law and science)

 “Sustainable Business Practices in an Era of Climate Change,” DesignMatters, University of IL., Urbana, IL.,
Feb. 24, 2009.

“Radical Innovation or Reluctant Incrementalism, Time to Focus and Accelerate the  Change We Need to See in the World,” Japan Design Foundation, Osaka, Japan, February 5, 2009.

“Sustainable Design through Radical Innovation,” International Design Symposium 2009, Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization, Tokyo, Japan, February 2, 2009.

“Radical Innovation or Reluctant Incrementalism,” Critical Issues for Sustainable Development,
National Technical University of Greece, Athens, Greece, January 15, 2009

“Sustainable Futures: Radical Innovation vs. Reluctant Incrementalism,” Sustainable Innovation 08
Future Products, Technologies and Industries, 27th - 28th October 2008,  Malmo Sweden

“Climate Change, Resource Depletion and/or Population, Challenges and Opportunities for a New Century,” Exploring Development Alternatives to Alleviate Poverty & Mitigate Climate Change, India Development Coalition of America (IDCA), IIT Rice Campus, Wheaton, IL., October, 11, 2008.

“How Did We Get Here?” 2008–09 Sustainability Series, “Sustainability Spurs Innovation in Everything,”  UIC Innovation Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1240 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL., October 7, 2008

“Sustaining Sustainable Design,” IDSA National Conference and Education Symposium, Biltmore Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ., September 12, 2008.

 “Green is Not a Trend or a Brand: Green is About Real Change!” IDSA National Conference and Education Symposium, Biltmore Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ.,  September 12, 2008. 

Sustainable Design Workshop,(ID 584) Institute of Design, at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL., Fall session 2007-2008. (Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Industrial Design Program.)

“Our Carbon Conundrum, Personal Practice and Public Policy,” Net Impact Carbon Workshop, Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL.,  July 10, 2008

“The Ever Evolving Design Paradigm,  reconsidering everything”… Brandimage Sustainability Workshop,
brandimage, Northbrook, IL., June 26, 2008

“What if Being Green Puts a Business in the Red,” North Lakeshore Earth Day 2008, Loyola University, Lakeshore Campus, Chicago, IL., April 12, 2008.

“Inventing a Sustainable Future…  It’s not just about the product,  it’s about the story behind it…,”
International Home and Hardware Show, Design Center Theater, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL., March 17, 2008

“Rethinking the Three “Rs” of Enterprise  Revenues, Returns and Risk… ,” Midwest Regional meeting – The Auditing Roundtable, Stuart School of Business,   Chicago, IL.,  March 7,2008.

“Counting the Truth and the Consequences.” Sustainable Mobility Summit, Cities and Systems,
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA., February 5, 2008.

Crate and Barrel, Seminar on Sustainability in Enterprise - Crate and Barrel Corporate Headquarters,
Northbrook, IL.,  January 31, 2008.
“The Sustainable Business Plan – A Six Day Program” Angelic Organics Learning Center, Chicago, IL 
December 6, 2007.
“Design Can Change the World,” Autodesk University, Venetian Conference Center, Las Vegas, NV.,
November 28, 2007.

"Living, Learning, Leaving a Legacy," Design Or Default?, with Doris Wells-Papanek, Innovation ’07, Center for Sustainable Design Total Sustainable Product Development – 12, Farnham, England, October 30, 2007

Living, Designing and Learning in a Sustainable World, Sustainability Workshop, ICSID-IDSA National Conference, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CA., October 19, 2007.

"Reconnecting" - Invitation to an Open Dialogue , ICSID-IDSA National Conference (Facilitation of an exploration of issues Designers must address in a world of increasing population, limited resources, growing socioeconomic disparity and climate disruptions to rethink and radically change the systems we create.) Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CA., October 18, 2007.

“The Sustainable Business Plan,” Sponsored by: The Chicago Sustainable Business Alliance, The Stuart School of Business, Chicago, IL. October 10, 2007.

“Sustainability, Our Greatest Design Challenge,” at “Sustainability by Design,” Executive Forum and Envisioning Change Exhibit, Sponsored by Autodesk, Inc. The Natural World Museum, and The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), Bozar Center for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium, October 4-5, 2007.

Urban Forestry: A Paradigm for Eco-compatible Cities, Inter-Professional Projects Program, (IPRO-317), Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL., Fall 2007. (Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture)

“The Next Design Challenge,” Designer-Activism: A Call for Socially Responsible Designers – FocusOnDESIGN,  NeoCon, Chicago, IL.,  June 12, 2007.

“The Challenge to Redefine Prosperity in a World of: Population Growth, Energy Depletion, and Climate Change” and “Rethinking Product, Business and System Models,” Sustainability Days Educational Seminar, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) Athens, Greece, May 23, 2007.

“Due Diligence and Sustainability,” Incremental Advantage – Property Development Due Diligence Conference,
Allerton Hotel, Chicago, IL.,  May 8, 2007.

“Design or Default? - Population Growth, Energy Depletion, Climate Change,” University of Wisconsin, Stout, WI.,
IDSA Chapter Event, May 3, 2007

“Rethinking, Redefining, Redesigning Wealth, In a world of: Population Growth, Energy Depletion and Climate Change,”  Plenary, De Conferencias del Dia Mundial de la Tierra (The Earth Day Conference) Chihuahua, Mexico. April 25, 2007.

 “Designing Tomorrow Today, Anticipate! Collaborate! Facilitate!” Southern Illinois University, Industrial Design Program, Carbondale, IL.,  with Doris Wells-Papanek.  March 23, 2007.

“Redefining Affluence In a world of: Population Growth, Climate Change, and Energy Depletion,”
International Home and Hardware Show, Design Center Theater, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL., March 13, 2007.

“To Measure is to Know”  and “The Design Dialogue, Efficacy, Efficiency, Ecology and Equity,” (Two presentations) Designing for Sustainable Mobility, at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA., February 6, 2007.

“Sustainability - Comprehensive Design,” Net Impact Conference, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL.,  USA,
October 28, 2006

“Outing Carbon, The Hidden Footprint,” Innovation ’06, Center for Sustainable Design Total Sustainable Product Development – 11, Stuart School of Business, Chicago, IL., USA, October 24, 2006

“What You Don’t Know, They Don’t Know??? We Don’t Know???,” Healthy House Fair, DePaul University, Chicago, IL.,  October 22, 2006.

“Sustainability: Does Anyone Really Know What It Means?” FocusOnDESIGN, NeoCon East, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD., October 11, 2006,

“Aligning, Designing, Sustaining and Thriving,” at About, With & For, Advancing the Practice of User-centered Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design, East Bank Club, Chicago, IL., October 7, 2006.

“Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, Trading and the Carbon Footprint.” A USAID sponsored, two-day intensive course presented to students at the Monterrey campus and the Chihuahua campus of the Technologico de Monterrey (Monterrey Technological University), Monterrey, Mexico: August 10 – 11, 2006 and Chihuahua, Mexico:  August 14 – 15, 2006.

“Small Business, Big Changes, Focusing on Sustainability, a Small Business Can Drive Innovation Internally and Affect Policy in Its Sector,” with Burt Klein, COO, Portion Pac Corporation, at  “Why Sustainability Should Be Important To You!”  IIT Stuart School of Business, Chicago, IL., March 28, 2006

“Will You Be Making Buggy Whips When Horses, Are Just a Memory?” - The Shift to Sustainable, Smart Products, International Home and Hardware Show, Design Theater, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.,
March 14, 2006

“Creating Sustainable Business Success,” Green Business Seminar Series, Chicago Green Technology Center, Chicago, IL., August 4, 2005.

Design For Sustainability - Asia, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, April 27, 2005.

“Urban Timber/Urban Forest, An Alternative Paradigm,” New York Chapter of O-2, Spring Street Studios, 
New York, NY.,  April 19,2005.

Cost of Compliance vs. Sustainability, “Next Steps in Sustainability,”  The First Green Plants Workshop - Chicago Green Technology Center, Chicago, IL., November 8, 2004.

A New Perspective on Sustainable Enterprise - Sustainable Innovation ’04 – Creating and Developing Sustainable and Responsible New Business Models, Towards Sustainable Product Design, 9th International Conference, Bush Hotel and Conference Center, Farnham, Surrey, UK., October 25 - 26, 2004.

“DesignGreen,” A one-day workshop on the use of tools to achieve more environmentally responsible design, sponsored by the Design Foundation of Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Co-presented with Jacquie Ottman.  Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN.,  April 24, 2004

Shift-less - Shifting the Intention of Design,” Shift Happens, The 2004 IDSA Midwest Conference, W Hotel City Center, Chicago, IL., April 16 - 18, 2004.

“Fight Club”  - . Consumerism: “To Buy or Not to Buy”  IDSA, Chicago Chapter. Fight Club is a verbal “Slug Fest” on topics of interest and controversy. Chicago, IL., February 12, 2004

Industrial Ecology  - Foundation for Research and Training in Environmental Management (FRTEM) New Delhi, India. (A two-week inaugural course in Industrial Ecology with Environmental Management Certificate Program at FRTEM), December 1-16, 2003.

“Confluence; Emerging an Ethic of Sustainability,” Earth Charter Chicago, 2003 Community Summit, SGI Culture Center, Chicago, IL., October 11, 2003.

“Balancing the Tenets of Sustainability in Product/Business Models in China,”  “China International Communication Activities On Industrial Design 2003 (CICAID)”,   Keynote address. Shenyang, China.
September 5-10, 2003

Perceptions: Creating a Vision of Sustainability, 2003 BELL (Business, Environment, Learning and Leadership) Conference, “Ecosystems and Enterprise,”  Fort Lauderdale, FL., July 14 – 17, 2003.

“Toward a Sustainable Future”: A Course for College and University Educators.” University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Conference Center.  Invited as an instructor for the four-day program. July 27 - 31, 2003.

“Enrich ID” Design and Sustainability, Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL.,
April 9, 2003.

“Reshaping Enterprise, Restoring Ecology,” 2003 IDSA Mid East District Conference, .
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH., April 4 - 6, 2003.

Industrial Ecology and Business/Economic Models,  - A four-day seminar course under the Campus One Program at Universita' "G. d'Annunzio"   School of Economics and Management,  Pescara, Italy,  (The course was taught to students of economics, finance and management.) March 4 - 7, 2003.

“A Comprehensive Asset Management Model, Integrating the Needs and Goals  of Business and a Sustainable Society,” The University of Vermont School of Business Administration, Faculty Seminar on Program Development, Burlington, VT., November 8 - 9, 2002.

“Innovating for the Global and International Marketplace,” The Hidden Potential of Emerging Economies,
2002 International Conference on Industrial Design &The  8th  China Industrial Design Annual Meeting,
Shenyang , PR China, September 14th - 19th, 2002.

“Aligning the Agenda of Enterprise with Sustainability,” Managing Capital for Long Term Appreciation, The 2002 BELL Conference, Informing Environmental Decision Making: Blending Science and Policy with Management, Santa Barbara, CA., July 18-20, 2002.

“Aligning Enterprise - Achieving Sustainability” - Presentation and Recommendations to the Governor Blagojevich Transition Economic Development Committee, State of Illinois, Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development at Illinois State University, Normal, IL., December 13, 2002.

Being There for Tomorrow: Enterprise, Society and Environment.  “First Thursdays” Stuart School Alumni Lunch Series. Spring 2002, Stuart School of Business, IIT, Chicago, IL.. March 7, 2002.

“Research Issues in Design,” Repositioning the Designer in the Design Process,”
IDSA National Educators Conference, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston MA.,  August 13-14, 2001.

“The Designer’s Role in a Viable Future” IDSA 2000 Midwest District Conference, Chase Park Plaza Hotel,
St. Louis, MO., March 31, 2000.

“Improving the Environment through Good Design and Design Philosophy”
SCCOOP (Student Council Officers’ Orientation Program – IDSA) Indianapolis, IN.,  November 6, 1999.

“Creativity, Consensus And Common Sense, Serving The Needs Of All The Players In The Parts Cleaning Game” National Oil Recycler Association  Annual Meeting,  Palm Springs, CA.,   November 12, 1998.

“Environmental Concerns in Design.” Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.,  April 23, 1998.

“Product Stewardship in the Clothing Industry” - A Presentation to the Management, Marketing and Design Staff at Patagonia  Clothing and Sports Wear, Ventura, CA., May 28, 1997.

“What Economic and Environmental Progress is Being Made?”- A discussion of P2 and the Evolution of a High Environmental Performance Company, The American Institute for Pollution Prevention (AIPP) Annual Meeting and Conference, Kimball Conference Center, Washington D.C., May 22, 1997.

“Taming the Beast - The Care and Feeding of an American Icon - The Automobile,” Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Total Life Cycle Conference and Exposition, Chrysler Technology Center, Auburn Hills, MI.,  
April 7-9, 1997.

“Analyzing the Environmental Responsibility of Great Designs” (Workshop) Worldesign ‘96 - Alternative Realities,, The National Conference of the Industrial Designers Society of America, Orlando, FL, September 18-21, 1996.

“Product Stewardship Through The Use Of A Menu Driven Internal Service System,” The CMA Annual Product Stewardship Workshop, Houston, TX.,  June 11-12, 1996.

“Adding Value Through Product Stewardship,” Achieving Excellence in New Product Practices, Sixth Annual IIR/PDMA Joint Conference, Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, IL., April 2, 1996.

“Design with the Environment in Mind,” “Guidelines Based on the Latest Thinking and Research related to the Life Cycle Philosophy” Materials and Processing Atlanta, Society of Plastics Industry Conference, Renaissance Waverly Hotel, Atlanta, GA., March 31,1996.

“Plastics and Design Education, What’s Missing?” Materials and Processing Atlanta, Society of Plastics Industry Conference, Renaissance Waverly Hotel, Atlanta, GA., March 31,1996.

"ISO Environmental Management Standards," ISO 1400 Breakfast Seminar, Lake Michigan States Section of the Air and Waste Management Association, Baxter International, Deerfield, IL., January 12, 1996.

CIDA Design Strategies for Sustainability Seminar and Workshop - Sponsored by China Industrial Design Association (CIDA). Taipei, Taiwan, ROC, October 31 - November 5, 1995.

"Product Stewardship Meets Marketing," Chemical Industrial Council of Illinois Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Rosemont, IL., October 11, 1995.

"DesignQuest '95" - Sustainable Builders' Workshop, Plymouth Institute, Plymouth, WI., August 5, 1995.

"Green Design '95" - Three Perspectives on Environmental Design (Europe, Japan and The United States,) presented by The Design Promotion Center of China External Trade Development Council (DPC/CETRA) of Taipei, Taiwan, ROC, May 30, - June 1, 1995.

"Strategic Environmental Management in the '90's" - 1994 Annual Ohio Environmental Conference, Design For Recycling, Cleveland, OH., November 15, 1994.

China's Role in the New Reality, presented to The China External Trade Administration (CETRA), Taipei, Taiwan, ROC, January 21, 1994.

CIDA Design for the Environment Seminar and Workshop - Sponsored by China Industrial Design Association (CIDA). Presenter and advisor to design practitioners and graduate students.  National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, ROC, January 17 - 20, 1994.

Design for the Environment and Chinese Industrial Design, CIDA National Conference, Taichung, Taiwan, ROC,
January 15, 1994.

Building Alliances - The Third Annual Arkansas Recycling Conference, "Designing Tomorrow's Products Today", Springdale, AR., August 18, 1993.

The Big Picture - 1993 National Design Conference of the IDSA, "Educational Issues in Design", Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA., August 12, 1993.

The Environmental Solutions Conference, "Hazardous Waste Minimization Techniques and Solvent Recycling", Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN., September 17, 1992.

The Eleventh National Recycling Congress and Exposition of the National Recycling Coalition, "Design for Durability and Repair", Boston, MA., September 15, 1992.

Making Sense" The 1992 IDSA Educators Conference, California College of Arts and Crafts, "Ecologically Responsible Design", San Francisco, CA., August 18, 1992.

Interdesign '92, "Product Design's Impact on the Future", A two-week program sponsored by the US EPA, The National Endowment for the Arts and WorldDesign; bringing together 12 US and 12 international industrial design graduate schools to learn about and conduct explorations on ecologically appropriate design. The project resulted in an international exhibit that was replicated and showcased at all participants home venues.  San Jose State, San Jose, CA, August 4, 1992.

ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) Congress, "Ecology and Environmental Protection", Ljubljana, Slovenia, May 19, 1992.

Designer's Saturday, "Professional Organizations Go Green", International Design Center, New York, NY.,
October 18, 1991.

Carnegie-Mellon University, "Environmental Design", Pittsburgh, PA., October 4, 1991. 

“Design and the Environment,” University of Illinois, Chicago, IL., August 30, 1991, September 27, 1991.

"Environmental Design", Cooper Union, New York, NY., April 23, 1991.

"Design for Environmental Responsibility", 1991 National Design Engineering Show, McCormick Place,
Chicago, IL., April 8, 1991.

"Design for Recycling", Grand Valley State University, School of Engineering, Grand Rapids, MI., March 8, 1991.

"Environmental Design", Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA., October 4, 1990.

"Environmental Design", Pratt Institute of Design, New York, NY., February 22, 1990.

 

 


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES - INVITED
 

Design Insights –Six short videos developed with the Eastman Innovation Lab about design and sustainability. Each video to play on the Eastman Innovation Lab “Design Insights” page for approximately three months. 2010 through 2012

http://www.innovationlab.eastman.com/Innovationlab/Insights/overview.htm  (search: Kusz)

  • The Power of Story
  • The Importance of Transparency Getting To Know Materials
  • Getting To Know Materials
  • Making Design Work Better
  • Personalizing Sustainability
  • Pushing Serendipity

Innovate Illinois Business Plan Competition, Jury Member. Sponsored by Innovate Illinois, a business innovation challenge identifying the most innovative small businesses that create jobs and generate revenues in Illinois, 2006.

Industrial Design Excellent Awards (IDEA) Jury Member. Sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and Business Week International Product Design Award Competition, 2006

Aerotecture Inc., Member of the Advisory Board, (Company forming in 2006 to provide “low-profile” wind energy systems in urban areas with current planning for Chicago City Hall rooftop system, and Helmut Jan Residences, Chicago.)

The International Design Center for the Environment (IDCE). Member of Board of Directors (2001 – 2003),
Advisory Board (2004 - 2005)

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Advisory Committee, Working Group on Environmental Management Systems. (1993- 1999)

American Institute for Pollution Prevention. AIPP an environmental strategies building coalition of Government, Industry and Non-government Organization membership.(1992-1999, vice-president 1996-1997, board member 1996-1999)

US EPA, Office for Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Research and Quality Assurance, Peer Reviewer. Michigan Technical University, Center for Clean Industrial Treatment Technologies (CenCITT), Houghton, Michigan, March  12 - 14, 1996.  Contracted to evaluate a $6 Million, five-year project being considered for funding by the US EPA ORD.

Netherlands Organization for Technology Assessment (NOTA) and US EPA Workshop on Environmentally Friendly Product Development, Cincinnati, Ohio. (Review of joint initiatives - US/Netherlands - in policy, research, and methodology.) (June 10 - 11, 1993)

Tufts University Center for Environmental Management, Measuring Progress in Pollution Prevention, co-sponsored by the US EPA, Salem, Massachusetts. (Review of measurement strategies and developments. Report published by US EPA.)(March 31 - April 2, 1993)

Illinois Hazardous Waste Management Research and Information Center, appointed member of advisory panel by Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources. (1992 -1994)

Illinois Board of Higher Education Advisory Group on Environmental Studies. (1992)

Canadian Standards Association, Technical Committee on Environmental Labeling Standard. (1991 - 1994), Technical Committee on Environmentally Responsible Product Development Guideline. (1992 - 1994)

East Meets West Program on Arts and the Environment, Advisor (1992)

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)/National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Advisory Panel to Designer's Environmental Handbook Project. (1991-1992)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development, Peer Review Board for the Life-Cycle Inventory, Impact and Improvement Methodology Research Project (1990 - 1994)

Chemical Manufacturer's Association (CMA) Work Group on Life-Cycle Assessment. (1991 - 1993), Product Stewardship Task Group. (1994 - 1998)

Interdesign 1992, sponsored by ICSID and Worldesign, Environmental Advisor and Educator.

 “Life Cycle Design Guidance Manual, Environmental Requirements and the Product System,” University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources, and United States Environmental Protection Agency, Risk Reduction Engineering Lab,  EPA600/R92/266, Published: January 1993, Project Reviewer, (1991 - 1992)

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS-RECOGNITIONS

Industrial Designer's Society of America (IDSA) (1980 – Present)

FIDSA: Recognized by the Board of Directors of IDSA for service to the Design profession and the IDSA and named a Fellow of the Industrial Designers Society of America (FIDSA) for career work in expanding the profession  in the area of responsible design particularly as it relates to issues of the environment and sustainability. – October 17, 2007.

Chair, Committee on Environmental Concerns, 1991 - 1992, member 1989 - present

Publications Committee, 1989 - 1990

Guest Editor, Innovations issues on Design and the Environment, 1991 and 1992

Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA),

Fellow, London, England. (2008-2016)

International Society for Industrial Ecology, (2000 – Present)

Greening of Industry Network (GIN) (2007-2010)

Product Development & Management Association (PDMA) (1984-1999)

Recipient: Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award - l991

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) (1995-2000)

American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) (1991-2000)

Committee D-20: Environmental Package Labeling Claims, 1991-1994
Committee E-50: Environmental Management Systems, 1994-1999