daniela jankovska (даниела јанковска)

I received my MS in Design and Merchandising as a merit scholar from the College of Health and Human Sciences at Colorado State University in 2015. I graduated in 2013 from the University of Arkansas with BS in Human Environmental Sciences from Dale Bumpers College, with a minor in Marketing (Entrepreneurship) from the Walton College of Business.

I am originally from Republic of Macedonia, small eastern European country. I moved to the USA when I was 18 years old and since then I have lived and travelled all over the country. I research about user-centered design and human factors engineering in apparel and textiles. My past research projects have involved people in the consumer, medical, fire science and industrial domains, and I have played a leadership role in all phases of the design process. I am always looking for opportunities that welcome an inquisitive mind. I helped direct an NGO in Macedonia called Blue Sky, supported by the British Council, and aided in organizing a global conference in Aurich, Germany focused on youth contributions to tackling climate change. I discovered my passion for teaching through a course I directed on human factors engineering at a STEM Enrichment Program for middle school students. Since then, I have been teaching interdisciplinary university courses in computer-aided design, apparel merchandising & product development, sourcing and operations management, textiles and interior design.

I love to travel, learn about new cultures, traditions and languages (I am fluent in 5!). I believe that bringing ideas and opinions from people with diverse backgrounds can help overcome challenges through design thinking. I am very passionate about social entrepreneurship and I think a lot about science and technology, arts and culture, economic empowerment, poverty alleviation, education and philanthropy.

I also like to box, ski, horseback ride, take photos, dance, hike, run & rock climb.

It is our choices that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities. - J.K. Rowling