Katie Tucker is a Design and Innovation Professional co-rooted in industry and academia. Katie is a classically trained Designer, by way of Architecture, with a focused lens on business and entrepreneurship. Katie is the founder of WERK_, an innovation consulting agency, specializing in early concept development in moments of critical transformation; particularly helping companies keep a human-centered focus on their new technology and product strategies. WERK_ makes strong connections between clients’ vision, goals, and strategies to ensure each step in the innovation process supports the long-game.
In addition to teaching Human Factors and Ergonomics and the Human Centered Design studio in the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University, Katie is also an adjunct professor of Design Thinking, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at Portland State University and Managing the Innovation Process at Nürtingen-Geislingen University (HfWU). Through everything, Katie is foremost a community builder, an artist, a divergent thinker, and a heck-of-a-wheelman.