Speaker Profile

UChicago Guest Speaker, Dennis Boyle

Dennis Boyle, MS

Founding Partner of IDEO and at Stanford Design School

Dennis Boyle is a Partner and a founding team member of IDEO. Dennis helps guide the Design for Health Studio at IDEO as part of its San Francisco office. Design for Health is the part of IDEO’s business that works with clients in medical and health-related industries to develop innovative physical and digital products, software, services and strategies.

Over the course of his IDEO career, Dennis has helped build and nurture many key, long-term client relationships, including Silicon Valley tech firms, Fortune 100 consumer businesses, and health-care companies. He has been named on 55 patents.

Dennis is also an adjunct professor at Stanford’s d.school and in the Design Division of the engineering school, where he has taught courses for over 40 years. He established and co-teaches “Design for Healthy Behaviors” at the d.school, a course that draws students from each of the university’s graduate schools. Students in this class learn and use the design thinking process to help patient-volunteers with chronic conditions build healthy behaviors and thrive in their daily lives.

Dennis holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, with an emphasis on Industrial Design, from the University of Notre Dame and an MS in Product Design from Stanford.

Dennis enjoys running, road and mountain bicycling, and other outdoor sports and can be often seen out on the track, on the road and on the trail trying to keep up with younger friends.