Mary Kahle
Social impact research, strategy, and design.

Hello! I’m Mary Kahle.
I am a multi-disciplinary creative, working at the intersections of research, design, and business strategy, driving meaningful change-through-design for both people and the planet.


Makerspace Communities and Ecosystem Strategy: Co-Creating Social and Operational Infrastructure

Design Research MS Thesis, Drexel University

How might we intentionally grow the maker movement, rooted in equitable practices that address educational, economic, and environmental issues?

Data Visualization / Design Research / Co-Design / Ecosystem Strategy / Interdisciplinary Collaboration / Makerspaces / Rapid Prototyping / Social Impact

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Stakeholder map (food insecurity).
The AVE Framework.

The Access, Visibility, and Engagement (AVE) Framework: Recommendations Supporting the Food Insecure University Student Population

The Social Impact Innovation Hub, Baida Institute, Drexel University

How might we equip decision makers with an equity-centered framework to improve programs for food insecure university students?

Data Visualization / Design Research / Co-Design / Food Insecurity / Group Dynamics /  Interdisciplinary Collaboration / Rapid Prototyping / Social Impact

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MAKETOOLS Design Sprint // Workshop

Led by Dr. Elizabeth Sanders, Rankin Scholars in Residence, Drexel University

How might we create a better patient experience related to their data?

Design Research / Co-Design / Healthcare /  Rapid Prototyping / Workshop

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Data Storytelling:

Organism and Territory —Apples and Pennsylvania

STEAM Education — Opportunities for Growth

Data Visualization / Design Research /  Education / Historical Analysis

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Source: PA FDC, Center for Functional Fabrics

PPE: Human Factors & Product Development:

Aerosol Bio-Containment Device (ABCD) for Covid-19 Patients

Antimicrobial Yarn Knit Mask and Filter Housing, Testing & Design

Healthcare / Human Factors / Product Design / Rapid Prototyping

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Bio-Composite Garden

Drexel University

Creating an open-source biomaterial and 3D printed mold-making kit for a modular indoor garden.

Advanced Manufacturing / Bio-Materials / Design Research / Co-Design / Rapid Prototyping / Social Impact

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KAHLE Studio

New York, NY

Translating a conceptual brand and vision into wearable goods and experiences.

Branding / Business Development / Creative Direction / Garment Engineering / Local Manufacturing / Materials Exploration / Product Design & Circularity / Market Research / Strategy

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2017 - 2021

Product Design, Garment Engineering

New York, NY

Apparel and home goods design and development for a range of products – Virginia Sin, Marchesa, COA

CAD / Creative Direction / Ceramics Fabrication / Garment Engineering / Local Manufacturing / Product Design & Circularity / Market Research

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