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College of Engineering to Host World-Renowned Entrepreneur and Designer

The College of Engineering welcomes world-renowned entrepreneur and designer Mike Nuttall on Friday, February 22. As part of the Patrick J. Cunningham Jr. and Susan Ward ’80 Endowed Lecture Series, Nuttall will address the Villanova community on the topic of Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurialism. For more than three decades, Nuttall has made a significant impact in the world of design, most notably by strengthening the visual appeal of technology products. His contributions have drawn corporate attention to the use of design as a source of strategic competitive advantage.

From 1983 to 1991, Nuttall’s internationally recognized firm, Matrix, won more than twenty design awards. He then joined forces with David Kelley Design and ID Two to form IDEO, where he led development efforts resulting in hundreds of successful computer, consumer, and medical products. In the process, Nuttall built long-term working relationships with many major corporations in the U.S., Europe, and Korea.

From 1996 to 2001, Nuttall managed IDEO Ventures, a multimillion-dollar internal venture capital fund making strategic equity and royalty investments in IDEO’s client partners. Since leaving the company in 2006, he has been involved in a variety of design consulting and entrepreneurial activities in the Silicon Valley, United Kingdom, and China.

Nuttall holds a BA in Industrial Design from Leicester College of Art & Design, and an MA from the Royal College of Art in London. For five years he taught an Advanced Product Design and Human Factors course at Stanford University.


Mike Nuttall
Mike Nuttall