Professor Patrick Whitney is the dean of the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology and is the Steelcase/Robert C. Pew Professor of Design. Professor Whitney has published and lectured throughout the world about how to make technological innovations more humane, the link between design and business strategy, and methods of designing interactive communications and products. His writing has focused on new frameworks of design that respond to two transformations: the shift from mass-production to flexible production and the shift from national markets to markets that are both global and “markets of one.”
Hosted in partnership with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the 2009 Innovation Summit brought together influential innovation experts, business executives, academics and government leaders to discuss innovation and accelerate Chicagoland's development as a globally recognized center for innovation. The summit was a collaboration between Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design and InnovateNow, the CCCF's innovation initative.