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Prasad Boradkar

Prasad Boradkar

Professor Emeritus, The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

The Design School
Arizona State University
PO Box 872105
Tempe, AZ 85287-2105


  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Professor Emeritus, The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
  • User Research and Sustainability Lead, Google ATAP


Prasad Boradkar is Professor Emeritus in Industrial Design at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe and User Research and Sustainability Lead at Google ATAP, in Mountain View, CA. While at ASU, he served as co-director of InnovationSpace and co-director of the Biomimicry Center. InnovationSpace is a transdisciplinary laboratory at ASU where students and faculty from design, business, engineering and sustainability partner with corporations to develop human-centered product concepts that hold societal benefit and minimize impacts on the environment. The Biomimicry Center is an organization dedicated to the exploration of biologically-inspired solutions to problems of sustainability. Prasad is the author of Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects (Berg 2010) and is currently working on a book on Indian design.


  • MA, Industrial Design, The Ohio State University, 1993
  • MDes, Industrial Design, Industrial Design Centre, Mumbai, India, 1986
  • BE, Mechanical Engineering, Maharajah Sayajirao University, 1983

Journal Articles


Selin, C. and P. Boradkar. 2010. Prototyping nanotechnology: A transdisciplinary approach to responsible innovation. Journal of Nano Education 2(1-2):1-12. DOI: 10.1166/jne.2010.1002. (link )

Shin, D., P. Boradkar and A. Fischer. 2010. A green dream team. Design Management Review 19(4):49-55. DOI: 10.1111/j.1948-7169.2008.tb00141.x. (link )

Book Chapters


Boradkar, P. 2017. Taming wickedness by interdisciplinary design. In: Frodeman, R. ed., The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity, 2nd Ed.. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780198733522.