About me

My background in both Industrial Design and Design Research has given me an understanding of design research methodology and user needs, as well as a keen sense of the design process, which allows me to deliver design solutions for complex problems.

I am seeking a position where I can help to bridge the gap between research and design through the strategic application of a wide range of design research methods together with the ability to see the big picture. I thrive in working on interdisciplinary teams where I have the opportunity to utilize my exceptional planning and communication skills.

Emma Sanders received her MFA in Design Research and Development from The Ohio State University in 2015. She is also a 2011 graduate from Ohio State’s undergraduate program in Industrial Design. Her interests include user experience research and service design, as well as the environmentally sustainable consumption and use of everyday products and objects.


Sanders, E. C. (2015). Expanding the use phase of products. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center, Ohio State University.

Braun, E., Moreland, J., Sanders, E., & Gill, C. (2014). Designers in design thinking. In Bohemia, E., Eger, A., Eggink, W., Kovacevic, A., Parkinson, B., & Wits, W. (Eds.), Design Education & Human Technology Relations (302-307). UK: The Design Society & Institution of Engineering Designers.

I have also been involved in the creation and development of two books about design research that will be used as internal training documents for the organizations to which they belong.  The books describe sets of design research methods that have been tailored to the specific companies, including suggestions for specific tools that can be used to execute the methods. The books also contain example scenarios that demonstrate how the research methods can be combined to form appropriate design research approaches to different types of projects. These books are proprietary and currently for internal use only.



Nominee, College of Arts and Sciences “Outstanding Graduate Associate Teaching Award” at The Ohio State University, 2014.

Patent (US D663913 S1) “Materials Handling Pendant” for Columbus McKinnon Corporation. Emma K. Alder, Caroline L. Gill, Wonmo Koo, Jay P. Mehta, Justin A. Moyer and Emma C. Sanders. Filed in July, 2011.

Honorable Mention, 17th Annual  International Housewares Association (IHA) Student Design Competition, 2010.