Re-imagining the Learning Experience with a Student-Centered Approach

Featured Speaker: Erica Estrada-Liou, Director of Curriculum & Experiential Learning at University of Maryland’s Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Erica Estrada-Liou
In her role, Estrada-Liou designs learning experiences focused on teaching design thinking and innovation to students throughout campus. She also develops ways to scale this teaching to all 37,000 students on campus. Estrada-Liou is also a co-founder of d.light design, a social enterprise that provides affordable light and power products to people living off of the electrical grid. After seeing d.light’s first product to market, she joined Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the as a Design Fellow, and later became the co-founder and director of the Social Entrepreneurship Lab. While at the, she taught various classes and workshops on human-centered design applied to poverty and various social issues, both in the United States and abroad. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.