Who We Are
The Design Museum Boston Team
Ted Acworth. Board Member.
Dr. Ted Acworth founded Artaic LLC in 2007 – a groundbreaking company developing robotics and design software to efficiently create custom tile mosaics. Artaic now serves customers such as Google, Legal Seafoods, and Home Depot. Ted is a scientist and engineer, and a successful entrepreneur. Ted directed the advanced technology research portfolio at the Cambridge-MIT Institute, and in 2003 co-founded Brontes Technologies, an MIT spinout company that was sold in 2006 to 3M. Ted holds degrees from MIT, Stanford and Columbia University. In a former life Ted lent his scientific skills to History Channel’s successful weekly television series “UFO Hunters.”
Sam Aquillano. Founder, Executive Director.
Sam Aquillano is the Executive Director of Design Museum Boston. With a passion for design, creativity, and learning, Sam creates a long-term vision for the museum. He leads a dedicated team while managing key programs and day-to-day operations. Sam is also an adjunct professor of design and entrepreneurship at Babson College, where he teaches the design process to the next generation of business leaders. Sam is also an MBA candidate at Babson College and a member of the Massachusetts Creative Economy Council. He loves to run, cook, and eat (usually in that order).
Steve Aquillano. Interactive Consultant.
Steve Aquillano was born to participate in the collaborative ecology that is Design Museum Boston. He is addicted to technology with a curiosity of how things work, but he is not interested in technology for technology's sake. He sees the creativity in the code and strives to turn people's dreams into reality. He is committed to the application over the appliance - and pushes people to look at how their programs and designs will be used by real people in real situations. Steve is currently a graduate of NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Joe Bradford. Design and Media Production Volunteer.
Joe Bradford is a recent industrial design graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology, After designing an award winning senior thesis project focused on improving the lives of those diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, Joe joined his past professors at Design Museum Boston with the goal of advancing design education by showcasing design's social responsibility. Joe is also an industrial designer at Hasbro, and has a passion for music and film.
Derek Cascio. Founder, Director.
Derek Cascio is a Co-founder and Director of Design Museum Boston. He leads a dedicated group towards one goal – bringing design education and appreciation to the public. Derek's energy and commitment to design education and advocacy can also be seen in his work as a product designer, illustrator, and as an adjunct faculty member at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Derek is a 2006 graduate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design where he received his BFA in Industrial Design.
Jenna Casey. Graphic Designer & Program Coordinator.
Jenna Casey is a freelance graphic designer in the Boston area and a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In her free time, she likes to go on walks, drink lots of coffee, and dance to 90's music.
Jenna Goldblatt. Assistant Project Manager — Volunteer.
Jenna is an Industrial Designer from New York, new to the Boston area. She received her design degree from Syracuse University’s and since moving to Boston has been very active in the Boston design community including volunteering for the 2012 Industrial Designers Society of America International Conference. She began at Design Museum Boston as a volunteer then became a content developer for the Getting There exhibition and now helps plan and coordinate other exhibitions as an Assistant Project Manager. She enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and occasionally rollerblading to work.
Sarah Morris. Board Member, Program Committee Chair.
A content consultant and writer, Sarah helps conceptualize and realize museum exhibits, brand books, websites, and multimedia experiences. Sarah received an AB in English from Harvard College and worked on staff at Boston-area design firms before starting her own practice in 2000. Being a confirmed generalist, she relishes the constant discovery afforded by her work. Her projects have touched on everything from jazz, decorative arts, and motorcycles to pediatric medicine, weather, and wetland ecology. She hopes to someday profit from all of this random knowledge by winning big on Jeopardy.
Scott Reilly. Board Member, Board Chair.
Reilly is a website content writer, curator, private art/decorative arts collection management consultant based in Boston. Prior to joining DMB’s board of directors, he had served on the boards of the Museum of Design Atlanta as well as The Contemporary, Atlanta. Scott originally hails from Boston having served as development director for the Archaeological Institute of America. He has curated a number of exhibitions and published several articles on various aspects of 20th century design. He holds an A.B. from Harvard College and is a personal collector of modern and contemporary design along with contemporary photography and new media/experimental art.
Dieter Reuther. Board Member, Board Vice-Chair.
Dieter is the principal of Cast Collective, a consultancy founded on the belief that the best solutions can be found at the intersection of analytical and creative thinking. He helps organizations balance creative chaos with structure to bring the best out of teams and individuals. Lego Serious Play is one of his favorite methodologies. Prior to 12 years in Design Operations at Ziba, a global innovation and design consultancy, he ran his own product design firm in Munich, Germany. He holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University, Munich, Germany, and a Masters in Business Administration from George Fox University, Portland, OR.
Ed Ross. Board Member.
Ed Ross specializes in bringing disruptive medtech and therapies to market around the globe. Having built successful startups as an entrepreneur and led key corporate teams and initiatives, Ed leads Excelerate, dedicated to go-to-market strategy & execution as well as angel investment for startups and emerging companies. His passion for design innovation ranges from contemporary art glass and regenerative medicine to architecture and music production. An avid outdoorsman, Ed holds a MBA from University of Rochester.
David Silverman. Board Member.
David Silverman is a registered architect and Principal of Silverman Trykowski Associates, a Boston based architecture and interior design studio. In 2010, David founded the Urban Neighborhood Design Alliance, a non-profit organization providing educational initiatives for people of all ages to actively engage in the design of their neighborhoods. David is active in the design community as an educator, and teaches at the BAC, where he has also served on the Board of Trustees and as President of the Alumni Association. In 2012, David received the Award for Excellence in Teaching given by the BSA + AIA College of Fellows.
Thomas Svenson. Creative Media Producer — Volunteer.
Thomas Svenson is a filmmaker driven to create new and memorable features. He graduated from University of Massachusetts in graphic design specializing in multimedia, and gained certification in digital art and animation at The School of Communication Arts North Carolina. Thomas is the founder of 3DImagination Pictures, a media production company that has worked with clients such as the American Airlines, Mayors Office - City of Boston, WSI, and many more. He is currently working with Design Museum Boston, helping them to create dynamic visual content.