Professor White is an ecological design strategist who develops ecologically intelligent products and systems. He helps students, practitioners and companies apply ecodesign strategies and advanced environmental-impact-assessment methods. He chairs the Ecodesign Section of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) where he established a partnership between IDSA and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He organized the development of the Okala Ecological Design Curriculum, and in 2013 coauthored Okala Practitioner, a primer used by more than 40 schools of product design internationally. Professor White co-edited and co-authored Environmental Life Cycle Assessment: Measuring the Impacts of Products in 2014. He has received numerous international design awards (IDEA and Red Dot) and holds 14 patents. He teaches courses on design for ecology and social equity, industrial design focusing on low-impact system design, life cycle assessment, and design for sustainable development.
- Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
- Associate Professor, The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
- MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1990
- BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas, 1984
- Environmental Design with Victor Papanek, Kansas City Art Institute, 1980