- Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
- Clinical Assistant Professor, The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
- Affiliate Faculty and Faculty Associate, The Biomimicry Center
- Affiliate Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
Michelle is a biomimicry professional and a visual communication designer who is passionate about connecting nature’s fantastic strategies to design. She is combining biomimicry thinking with design thinking in order to arrive at more sustainable and innovative solutions. As a clinical assistant professor at The Design School at Arizona State University, she teaches various multidisciplinary design studios, lectures, and seminars to undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, she teaches a practicum course as part of the Master’s Biomimicry Program at ASU. She also travels to speak at various conferences such as at the World Usability Day, AIGA Y-conference, SustainbleUX, Audubon society, and Target HQ.
Her research is specifically focused on defining a life-centered design thinking methodology that allows the infusion of biomimicry thinking into the traditional design thinking and human-centered design process. She is looking at various tools and processes that makes the biomimetic approach more accessible to designers. Her goal is to change the paradigm from a human-centered to a life-centered approach. She is also bringing alignment, mindfulness, and balance into design, the classr oom, and her own life.
- Biomimicry Professional Certificate, Biomimicry 3.8, 2018
- MS, Biomimicry, Arizona State University, 2018
- MSD, Interaction Design, Arizona State University, 2012
- BSD, Graphic Design, Arizona State University, 2006
- AAS, Motion Picture and Computer Graphics, Scottsdale Community College, 2002
- KV, Business, Swiss Business Management School, 1992
Fehler, M. and S. El-Sayed. 2020. Unlocking nature's secrets: A nature-based tool for sustainable visual communication design. Presentation at the Environmental Design Research Association EDRA51, April 2020, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.