Driving Innovation in IoT Ecosystems through Human-Centered Design

Upcoming Lectures

  • Testing the Water: Where Plumbing and IoT Mix

    Mike Sale and Sarah Schlifke, Delta Faucet

    Tuesday, November 27 at 5 p.m. in IT 152

    About Mike Sale

    Mike has worked in several product development roles for Delta Faucet Company, most recently helping bring Delta’s first internet-connected, voice-enabled kitchen faucet to market. Known for a keen eye for market opportunities balanced with an authentic appeal for risk-taking, he is an assertive voice for innovative thinking across Delta Faucet Company’s product lines. He is also responsible for cultivating strategic IoT external partnerships outside Delta Faucet Company’s core lines, starting with the whole-home water monitoring device from Buoy Labs. Mike completed his undergrad at Lehigh University and MBA at the IU Kelley School of Business.

    About Sarah Schlifke

    As Delta Faucet Company’s Innovation Product Manager, Sarah is a forward-thinker in Delta’s Research & Development group working to bring aspirational ideas to a manufacturable reality. Using a steadfast, detailed approach, her combined love for insights and product enables her to passionately shepherd consumer-focused, innovative products and technologies from “fuzzy ideas” through hurdles of concept design, research, and cross-functional support. Sarah joined Delta Faucet Company as a Strategic Marketing Analyst and later transitioned to Product Management where she has spearheaded a variety of high-technology and design product launches for Delta Faucet Company’s premium plumbing brand. Sarah completed her undergrad at the IU Kelley School of Business.

    About Delta Faucet Company

    Founded by Masco Corporation in 1954 with the introduction of the single-handle faucet, Delta Faucet Company is proud to be America’s faucet innovation leader, featuring Delta®, Brizo® and Peerless® products. A WaterSense® partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Delta Faucet is a global organization that offers kitchen faucets, bath faucets, shower heads, shower systems, toilets and related accessories, selling products in more than 53 countries.

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About the Industry Lecture Series

The Industry Lecture Series explores the impact of human-centered design on the rapid evolution of the Internet of Things. Just as human-centered design and design thinking methodologies are transforming traditional businesses and business models, these same processes are accelerating the deployment of innovative new IoT ecosystems across a broad spectrum of industry verticals. This lecture series will feature design leaders from major national corporations describing how human-centered design practices are integral to the development of forward-thinking IoT business strategies. Each semester, these leaders work with graduate students in INFO-H 567 Internet-of-Things Interface Design for Business Innovation on IoT design projects.

All lectures are free and open to the IUPUI campus and the community.

Questions about the Industry Lecture Series can be directed to Lou Lenzi at llenzi@iupui.edu.

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