We solve real-world problems with design and technology and inspire interdisciplinary research.

We unite design thinking with emerging technologies.

We work at the intersection of industry and academia.

DTech at FIT: Envisioning the future of business and creativity

An extension of FIT’s Innovation Center, The FIT/Infor DTech Lab is FIT’s on-campus innovation lab where students, faculty, and industry partners collaborate to advance new ideas, solve real-world problems, and inspire interdisciplinary research.

Developed with the promise of revolutionizing both the creative and retail industries, DTech unites design thinking with emerging technologies. It’s where teams of FIT students—together with expert faculty—engage in research and problem-solving projects for companies facing a wide range of challenges. Industry partners enjoy the benefits that come from unleashing the creative firepower of FIT’s talented faculty and students, and in turn, FIT’s unconventional minds develop bold, original solutions by exploring trends in media, technology, and production.

The visionaries of tomorrow are at fit today

Situated at the intersection of industry and academia, DTech began as a partnership with Infor, a leading New York City-based enterprise technology company. Today DTech is poised to become one of the world’s leading centers of creative research and experimental product development. In addition to enlivening and invigorating FIT’s campus culture with new, experiential learning opportunities, this pioneering enterprise is boosting the creative economy with avant-garde product development and fresh ideas.

Our approach to design tasks is defined by our goals:

  • Enhance Learning
  • Engage Industry
  • Envision The Future
  • Empower Entrepreneurs

Enhance
Education

Through projects that combine coursework with professionally guided learning, we leverage the fresh perspectives and new ideas of talented, creative students.

Engage
Industry

Through partnerships from innovative tech startups to global technology leaders, we undertake projects that de-risk innovation on behalf of major brands and retailers.

Empower
Entrepreneurs

Through direct engagement with emerging designers, we research innovations that support early stage fashion businesses.

Envision The
Future

Through projects that explore emerging technology... we unite ideas that envision the future of business and creativity

Our Partnership
with Infor

Partnering with Infor, we have created a high-impact learning environment, situated within in a ground breaking innovation Lab, where design, technology and industry expertise fuel the ideas of creative FIT students as they advance industry as they prepare to become the workforce of the future.

Our Partners

Collaboration with our partners is the key to the success of DTech Lab. Our teams are made up of student partners, faculty partners, industry partners and technology partners. We work together to solve challenging problems and identify solutions that add value through research, ideation and prototyping.

The Faces
of DTech

Michael
Ferraro

Michael Ferraro is the executive director of the FIT/Infor DTech Lab. Ferraro provides the strategic vision and creative direction for all lab projects. His background in emerging technology and media production brings a decidedly industry focus to the lab’s experiential learning environment. Under his direction, lab projects de-risk innovation for industry partners and empower entrepreneurs while helping build the workforce of the future.

Judith
Bowens

Judith Bowens is assistant director of the FIT/Infor DTech Lab, managing business operations and project initiatives. She brings years of retail experience as a vice president for Barneys New York to DTech’s interdisciplinary projects and helps to guide the discovery of how technology will shape the future of the fashion value chain. Applying her experience consulting with businesses and advising fashion startups, Bowens also coaches students with their professional development.

Joanne
Arbuckle

Joanne Arbuckle is deputy to the president for Industry Partnerships and Collaborative Programs at FIT. As the liaison between the president, the college, and outside organizations, she develops and expands partnerships and collaborations nationally and globally for the college. She works closely with the executive director of the DTech Lab to integrate the work of the lab with the schools and other divisions of the college.

Fit/infor DTech Lab

Michael Ferraro
Executive Director

michael_ferraro@fitnyc.edu
(212) 217-4018

Judith Bowens
Assistant Director

judith_bowens@fitnyc.edu
(212) 217-4059

Joanne Arbuckle
Deputy to the President for Industry Partnerships and Collaborative Programs

joanne_arbuckle@fitnyc.edu
(212) 217-7791