Professor Tamar Many
Director of International Studies and Relations,
Shenkar College of Engineering and Design
Tamar Many is the Director of International Studies and Relations at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv, Israel. She builds cross-disciplinary projects and curricula, and is also a senior lecturer in the visual communications department.
Shenkar's focus is on research, innovation, and originality. The college is a creative workshop for cutting edge design and is on the forefront of developing students who have unique personal voices. Professor Many's design work combines conceptual and technical skills and interdisciplinary approaches to engineering, textile printing, knitting, and research, using techniques both from artisan craftsmanship and high-end technologies.
Professor Many is also the cofounder of a luxury stationery brand called Textured Paper. Sample products may be purchased through The Jewish Museum and The Museum of Modern Art.
Professor Many will discuss the increasing importance of design in an increasingly globalized world. We are witnessing the coming together of disparite physical and digital worlds, leading to unusual challenges. Teams can meet these challenges by implementing design in the preliminary stages of a project and by nourishing design, creativity, and out-of-the-box thinking through multidisciplinary teams. Such teams can include designers, engineers, and experts from the academic as well as the business fields. Conceptual understanding of design serves as a catalyst for stimulating ideas, a catalyst that works in every direction.