Durell Coleman is the founder of DC Design, a design firm that implements the design thinking process to solve problems all over the world. In his journey as a designer, Durell has collaborated with international non-profits, large tech companies, and small businesses to create products and services that solve the problems they face. Trained in mechanical engineering (B.S) and sustainable design (M.S.), he is a two-time alumnus of Stanford University and its famous Institute of Design (the Stanford d.school). He teaches students from incredibly diverse backgrounds including refugees from Syria, Western Sahara, Palestine and Tibet, corporate executives from Sony, Hitachi, and Fuji Film and students at Stanford University and the International School of Asia in Karuizawa, Japan. He has designed products for villagers in Nicaragua, a freshwater storage system for an island community in Indonesia and is one of the subjects of the PBS documentary: Extreme by Design, which is currently being used as a design thinking teaching aid all over the world.
Clean Water Challenge Judges Bio
Libby Falck is an entrepreneur, designer and media artist working to educate a generation of changemakers. She is the creator of The Resilience Challenge, a co-founder of IDEAco, and the writer and lead creator of the k-12 design thinking curriculum the City X Project. She is also a co-founder of the SF-based community houses The Lair and the Snuggery, a graduate of the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program and 4.0 Schools Launch Accerlerator. Libby is passionate about the power of media and games to enable individuals to engage with complex systems. Her mission is to design tools that transform issues into actions, empowering anyone to contribute and implement solutions toward building a world that works.
Weston McBride is responsible for the creation, design and delivery of WaterSmart’s products, ensuring that the company continues to build the water industry's leading customer engagement and data analytics tools. Prior to WaterSmart, Weston co-founded two consumer-facing software companies. Most recently, he led the product and engineering teams of a venture backed mobile shopping company, Leap Commerce. Prior to that, he managed product development and sales for MetaNeer Labs, an education technology company that used behavioral sciences to motivate students. Earlier in his career, Weston worked for Navigant Consulting, where he notably built a model for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to estimate the embedded energy in water throughout California. Weston graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on product design and clean technologies. He advises and mentors several startups in San Francisco and Buenos Aires. He was recently recognized as one of the top 10 young professionals in his industry in LinkedIn's NextWave.
Bryan Patrie earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University through the High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory, and earned his Master's in Mechanical Engineering at UW-Madison through the Engine Research Center. He has worked at General Dynamics on infrared signatures of military aircraft, and more recently, at Failure Analysis Associates in Menlo Park within the Thermal Sciences Group. Currently, he works as a software engineer designing algorithmic trading systems in Palo Alto.
Patrick Widner is the Executive Director of the non-profit organization International Water and Health Alliances (IWHA). He began work in community development in 1965, and has served important roles in the Peace Corps in Chile and Honduras, the Freedom from Hunger Foundation, the Red Cross, and Solar Cookers International. Through his role at IWHA, Patrick has trained individuals and organizations to test and treat water around the world, including Habitat for Humanity in 7 countries, the Red Cross, CARE, Ministries of Health and Sanitation Central America and Mexico, and Central America Universities.