Michael Meyer: Design Imperatives from the Roman Empire to the NASA Space Program and Beyond

8 May 2011 - 5:55am
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Yohan Creemers
2008

Naval Nuclear Engineer, pilot, historian, design artisan, business strategist, storyteller, and educator -- Michael Meyer leads executives and their organizations through the complex and challenging conversations of discovery that are critical to success during times of massive change. He draws on his frontline leadership experience to integrate and evolve a unique understanding that marries the business imperative with design awareness.

Michael comes to Adaptive Path from frog design, where he led the company's California studio as General Manager, overseeing the firm's physical and digital product design offering. Previously, he started and led the Product Strategy practice at IDEO's Boston office.

Not only has Meyer spearheaded tremendous operational achievements, combining frog's Palo Alto and San Francisco offices into a single group, he's also led a wide range of projects: planning a new line of home electrical devices, crafting the vision and expressing the value proposition for a major pharmaceutical company's internet presence, developing a next-generation electronic payment token, and leading the cockpit and cabin design of a new jet aircraft. Meyer's project teams have won two gold and two silver IDEA awards for their work.

Before Meyer's move to product development consulting, he served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy, running a Naval telecommunications facility in Naples, Italy as General Manager. Prior to that, he managed the production and testing of shipboard nuclear power plants as a Navy engineering officer.

Meyer has a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley; an MBA from Harvard Business School, appointed as a Fellow of the Batten Institute, Darden GSBA, University of Virginia, where he has taught early-stage innovation and product development. He currently instructs at the Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego.

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