Leslie Fontana received her BFA in 1982 from Carnegie Mellon University and her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from the University of the Arts. She also studied at the Domus Academy in Milan Italy. Through her consulting practice, les&more, Leslie designs for a variety of companies, offering product and system solutions. She has received awards from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, The Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Industrial Design Society of America, and the Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching from Rhode Island School of Design, where she is a Professor in the Industrial Design Department. Leslie’s current research is on aging and inclusive design solutions.
Developing curricula for executive education courses on design thinking and empathy. Developing curricula for undergraduate courses on designing products, systems, living spaces, and health care items for the elderly.
Working on a book with Dr. Peter Snyder, Sr. V.P. & Chief Research Officer at Lifespan Health System. Peter is also a professor of neurology specializing in Alzheimer’s disease. Peter has co-taught the last few aging courses with me, bringing the medical, cognitive and behavioral science to the class. We are developing a book based on student projects.
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