Design Fellows

January 19, 2018 | 11:29 am

Design fellows bring unique perspectives to the Jacobs Institute. Fellows spend dedicated time in Jacobs Hall, participating in design activities and exchanging ideas with students and other members of the institute’s community. Each fellow contributes to the institute in a different way, in formats that range from open office hours to creative workshops.

Current fellows

Sara CinnamonSara Cinnamon is an Associate Director at LUNAR Design in San Francisco. LUNAR is a product design firm that joined the McKinsey & Company family in 2015, adding a depth of business strategy to their innovative spirit to deliver ingenuity that delights. Her areas of expertise include medical devices, inclusive design, efficient design for manufacture and assembly, and systems thinking. As an alumna of UC Berkeley Mechanical Engineering, she looks forward to sharing what she’s learned since graduation — from her time in grad school at MIT to running her own startup in consumer healthcare to joining a world class design firm. Book a meeting with Sara during her spring semester office hours on Fridays from 9:30am-11:30am in 310D Jacobs Hall.  



Drew McPherson is a mechanical engineer with an interest in assistive technology, mechatronics, human-centered product design, and rapid prototyping. He is currently developing undergraduate course material in 3D printing and bio-engaged electronics and recently co-taught a course on Prosthetic Hand Design in the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley. He earned a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley during which he focused on bio-inspired design, biomechanics and product design, mechatronics. He co-founded EnableTech, bringing students together with community members with disabilities to create prototypes to address daily challenges they face. He also served as a TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers) fellow attending, facilitating and mentoring at international and local makeathons of assistive technology for people with disabilities. Contact Drew or meet him during his summer office hours on Wednesdays in the makerspace (120 Jacobs Hall) from 2-4pm.


Eric Weinhoffer headshot

Eric Weinhoffer is a mechanical engineer specializing in product design, rapid prototyping, and scaling from prototype to production. Currently, Eric is a Prototype Engineer for Bolt, a venture capital firm that works with early-stage startups at the intersection of hardware and software. Previously, Eric designed prototypes and shop spaces with APROE and also helped to grow and run a makerspace, similar to Jacobs Hall, at Georgia Tech. He has since designed and shipped a variety of products, including electronics kits, CNC milling machines (the Othermill), and a sailboat thruster. When not making parts at home, Eric enjoys riding bikes and spending time in the mountains. Contact Eric or find him in 120 Jacobs Hall (in the makerspace) from 1-5pm on the following Fridays: June 28th, July 26th, August 30th.