Mark Baskinger is Director of the First Year program at Carnegie Mellon School of Design, Interim Chair of the Environments Track in the undergraduate program, and Associate Professor in the School of Design who teaches courses in interaction and industrial design. His interests include exploring new paradigms for interactive objects and interpretive environments, and methodologies of design drawing and visual thinking to promote collaboration. Baskinger holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois (UIUC). Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Baskinger was creative director at Corchia Woliner Rhoda in New York City, and was the lead designer at the Wildlife Conservation Society / Central Park Zoo – Exhibits and Graphic Arts Dept. He also held a visiting faculty position in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois (UIUC). External to his appointment at CMU, he co-directs The Letter Thirteen Design Agency, an interdisciplinary design firm. Baskinger is a current fellow at The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry as a part of the Moon Arts Group.