Eugene is a big fan of dessert. The last time he made a trip across the United States, it was on a bicycle, yet he still inexplicably gained 10 pounds along the way. He’s worked on giant LED sculptures for Jenny Holzer, taught design thinking to corporate executives, and once designed and ran a class on sketchbooking just so he could get a free Moleskine. Eugene holds a BA in Art and Art History from Williams College, and an MFA in Design from Stanford University.
Jason is a designer, maker, and explorer of new ideas. According to his mother, he learned to read by staring at cars and road signs from his car seat, and he has been fascinated by moving vehicles ever since. Jason has built robots, designed light sculptures, and taught classes in math, branding, and happiness psychology (not all at one time) at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and at the d.school. He holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering and a BS in Product Design from Stanford University.
Duygu (Didi) Erucman
Didi grew up watching travel shows on TV and she believes these programs are the hidden inspiration behind her career as a documentary filmmaker. So far, she has directed and edited six short documentaries, which have screened at many film festivals around the world. Didi loves dogs, traveling, and postmodern literature. She holds a BA in Political Science from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and an MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University.
Rachel loves to imagine, create, and explore. At her high school, she turned a staircase into a life-size piano (think Tom Hank’s movie, BIG). Since then she has designed a wheelchair attachment for patients at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, safer baby products for Kid’s in Danger, and helped teach innovation and design at Nueva Summer. She is currently studying Manufacturing & Design Engineering and Psychology at Northwestern University.
Aaron spent his childhood in Washington State’s Olympic Rainforest where he surfed, hiked and built robots out of VCR parts. He loves traveling and has had epic adventures on nearly every continent in the world. Aaron has worked on dancing fountains in Dubai with WET Design, and developed devices for middle-aged beauty queens at IDEO. He holds a MS in Design from Stanford University, and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Kathayoon loves animals, and strongly believes that sea otters are the cutest animal in the world. She has worked at the Oregon Zoo as a volunteer, conservation educator, administrative intern, research associate, and assistant camp director. She’s the most educated member of the SparkTruck team holding a MS in Environmental Science from Yale University, duel bachelor’s degrees in Organismal Biology and Literature from Claremont McKenna College, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences and Technology Design program at Stanford University’s School of Education.
Although his kickboxing alter ego Señor Spandex has been spotted a couple times on the Stanford campus, Prat’s passion is more often put to use getting SparkTruck’s supplies, equipment and money where it needs to be when it needs to be there. He’s a veteran designer having worked at Design Continuum and IDEO and has a particular love for medical products and bikes. Prat holds Bachelor’s degrees in Industrial Design and Computer Science from India, and an MS in Design from Stanford University.
Diane hails from Massachusetts but has spent good chunks of time building cabinets and designing lighting in Berlin and manufacturing electronics in China. She loves to build, cook, play volleyball and spend time at the beach, and thinks that people don’t write letters often enough. Diane holds a BS in Product Design from Stanford University.