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See what Drives us

WE SOLVE REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS WITH DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY AND INSPIRE INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH

WE UNITE DESIGN THINKING WITH EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

WE WORK AT THE INTERSECTION OF INDUSTRY AND ACADEMIA

FIT DTECH: ENVISIONING THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS AND CREATIVITY

An extension of FIT’s Innovation Center, the FIT 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.

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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. 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 experiential learning opportunities, this pioneering enterprise is boosting the global creative economy with avant-garde product development and fresh ideas.

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OUR APPROACH TO DESIGN TASKS IS DEFINED BY OUR GOALS:
ENHANCE LEARNING
ENGAGE INDUSTRY
ENVISION THE FUTURE
EMPOWER ENTREPRENEURS

Discover our core values
OUR CORE VALUES
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ENHANCE EDUCATION
Through projects that combine coursework with professionally guided-learning, we leverage the fresh perspectives and new ideas of talented, creative students.
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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.
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EMPOWER ENTREPRENEURS
Through direct engagement with emerging designers. Our innovative research supports early stage fashion businesses.
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ENVISION
THE FUTURE
Through projects that explore emerging technology. We 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 groundbreaking innovation lab, where design, technology, and industry expertise fuel the ideas of creative FIT students and 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 formed of student partners, faculty partners, industry partners, and technology partners. We work in concert to solve challenging problems and identify solutions that add value through research, ideation, and prototyping.
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THE FACES OF DTech
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Michael
Ferraro
Michael Ferraro is the executive director of the FIT DTech Lab. Ferraro provides the strategic vision and creative direction for all Lab projects. His background in emerging technology and media production brings a distinct 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.

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JUDITH
BOWENS
Judith Bowens is the managing director of the FIT 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. Leveraging her background with businesses and fashion startups, she also advices students through their professional development.

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JOANNE
ARBUCKLE
Joanne Arbuckle is the 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 global partnerships for the college. She closely collaborates with the executive director of DTech to integrate the work of the Lab with the schools and other divisions of FIT.

FIT DTECH LAB
Fashion Institute of Technology
227 West 27th Street - C110
New York, NY 10001

Michael Ferraro
Executive Director


michael_ferraro@fitnyc.edu
(212) 217-4018
Judith Bowens
Managing 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
Julian Catasus y Brueggemann
Lab Research Assistant
Website Development

julian_catasusybrueg@fitnyc.edu