Software Design Studio

Pilot Project (2015-2017)

Coordinators, Advisors and Mentors

Software Design Studio Coordinators

Ross Donaldson ‘06, served as the SDS Coordinator in 2016 and 2017.  He earned a Masters degree in the  Science in Information Management at the University of Washington and worked as a data scientist at companies such as Self Aware Games, Big Fish, Urban Airship, and Disqus.

Lennon Day-Reynolds '03, served as the 2015 SDS Coordinator and a member of the SDS Advisory Council.  Lennon is a Reed alumnus and former staff member in Computing and Information Services.  He has a long and distinguished track record as a software engineer at companies such as Sun Microsystems, Twitter, Urban Airship, and Stripe.

SDS Advisory Council

The SDS advisory council was responsible for providing strategic guidance and support for the Software Design Studio and working with the SDS Coordinator to ensure the success of the pilot program.  The responsibilities of the SDS advisory council included:

  • providing guidance on SDS goals and activities
  • helping to identify and recruit mentors
  • providing philanthropic support
  • identifying job opportunities for SDS students and young alumni
  • meeting twice-yearly at Reed to review the status of the SDS

The SDS advisory council included Reed alumni with distinguished records in the field of technology.  Reed faculty and staff serve on the council in a support capacity.

Members of the SDS advisory council included:

  • Nelson Minar ’93, Chair
  • Lennon Day-Reynolds ’03
  • Zeke Koch '95
  • Robert Morris ’65
  • Merrit Quarum '81
  • Noah Pepper ’09
  • Mark Bedau, Professor of Philosophy & Humanities (Artificial Life)
  • Shannon Henderson, Senior Programmer Analyst–Web
  • Brooke Hunter, Asst. Dir. for Strategic Partnerships, Center for Life Beyond Reed
  • Aki Miyoshi, Associate Professor of Art (Computer Graphics)
  • Marty Ringle, Chief Information Officer
  • Duncan Rotch, Major Gifts Officer

SDS Mentors

SDS mentors were unpaid volunteers who contributed their time and expertise to help students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to design and develop software for real-world applications.  Team mentors helped SDS students establish and maintain effective group dynamics, identified useful resources, and generally kept projects on track.  Topic mentors were individuals with expert knowledge in one or more technical areas and helped SDS students solve specific technical problems.  Mentors included:

  • Katherine Fellows
  • William Henderson ‘08
  • Niall Kelley
  • Will Landecker ’05
  • Jeremy Lawrence ‘12
  • Melissa Lewis ‘13
  • Russell Mayhew ‘10
  • Gavin McQuillan
  • Nelson Minar ’93
  • Jacob Rothstein ‘06
  • Andrew Winterman ‘11
  • Kara Woo