DSAB Welcomes New Members

The College of Design Design Student and Alumni Board (DSAB) brings together designers at all stages of their education and careers to plan events, develop programs, and build relationships. This fall, DSAB welcomed a number of new members, including the alumni below.


cassandra-willms-preferredCassandra Willms (BS Clothing Design ’04)

Senior Designer, Target

“After moving back from NYC 2 years ago, I wanted to join the board to reconnect with the University of Minnesota and design students in order to become more involved in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Design Community.”







John Cook (B.Arch ’83)


“I applied to be a member of the DSAB because I believe that a student’s training to become an architect should include a deep understanding of the profession from the perspective of a practicing architect.”





Ellen Stewart (MLA ’02)

Landscape Architect, City of St. Paul


“I am excited about serving on the DSAB because I know that we can do more to strengthen our profession and our community when we combine the efforts of students and professionals. Each time I speak at a class, do a design crit for a studio, review portfolios, or participate in the mentorship program, I am reminded of the importance of that dialog and the amazing work that students are capable of. Together we can grow and move our profession forward.”





Eric Maass (BED ’11, MLA ’13)

Municipal Planner, WSB & Associates

“A network is not something that is built over night, or by accident. It is my belief that one of the most important attributes a student or professional can have is a strong network. As a member of the DSAB it is my goal to create opportunities for Design students to connect again and again with professionals within their respective majors, and other majors within the College of Design.”




Erika O’Brien (BS Retail Merchandising ’12)

Product Development Analyst, Three Sixty Sales, Inc.

“I joined DSAB to serve as a mentor and resource for students. College to career can be a tricky and intimidating transition. As a passionate professional in the retail, I look forward to working with students as they channel their energy and eagerness to learn into the field.”




Meet our full Design Student and Alumni Board and learn how you could get involved at design.umn.edu/dsab/

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