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Hello, I’m Dean Malmgren

Partner, IDEO Chicago

I’m an engineer and entrepreneur with a restless passion for improving people’s lives through next generation products, services and systems. I bring a human-centric lens to the craft of data science and I am actively working to reduce the carbon footprint of IDEO and the work we deliver for our clients.

What you won't learn from my bio:
I love learning and mastering new things; my passion du jour is gluten-free cooking and barbecue.

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Throughout Dean's career, he has taken pride in fearlessly asking questions, impatiently pushing himself, inspiring others, passionately learning new topics, and otherwise leading by example.

Dean joined IDEO through the acquisition of Datascope, a data science consulting firm he co-founded in 2009. At Datascope, Dean and his colleagues pioneered the practice of human-centered data science by incorporating lessons from the design, software development, and entrepreneur communities, which allowed them to deliver meaningful solutions for clients ranging from Fortune 500 clients like P&G and Oracle to local non-profits and start-ups like IssueLab. Dean has long been an advocate for human-centered data science and frequently writes and speaks on the topic.

Most recently, Dean has refocused his expertise on sustainability and the climate crisis, building networks of experts and entrepreneurs in the space, advising IDEO's clients on sustainability initiatives and climate positive considerations, and leading an effort to reduce IDEO's carbon footprint in line with the Paris Agreements and become Net Zero effective Jan 2021.

Dean holds BS degrees in Mathematics and Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Chemical & Biological Engineering from Northwestern University. Dean's work has been featured in places like Crain's, TIME, FastCo, Wired, and US News & World Report and, whenever possible, he shares his experience and perspective through his writing and speaking. He further gives back by maintaining open source projects like textract and scrubadub and advising organizations like Elemetric, Metis, NUvention Analytics, and the School of Information at the University of Michigan.