Joey Vrsecky was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. At the age of seven, his dad asked him to fill in for his professional navigator at a car rally. With sheer precision (and a little bit of luck), they won first place, thus began Joey’s lifelong passion for cars and the automotive industry. Joey pursued Transportation Design at Pratt Institute and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design. While studying at Pratt he developed his signature pieces, Worx, a carbon fiber task lamp that was exhibited at New York City Design Center, and Medulla, a high-performance concept vehicle featured at the Manhattan Center in New York City. Prior to enrolling at Pratt, Joey volunteered as a full-time Americorps member with City Year New York. He enjoyed teaching literacy and the arts to inner city youth and coordinating service days to engage underserved communities for urban development. Working with the Center for Design Innovation allowed Vrsecky to combine knowledge and skills acquired in two separate but powerful experiences: empowering kids and the design process.
Bob Surminski was a graduate student studying Geo-Information Science (GIS) at Wageningen University & Research in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Surminski received a B.S. (2009) in Human Geography & Spatial Planning from Utrecht University. As part of his Masters program he interned at the Center for Design Innovation in Winston-Salem. His internship project involved the development of a ‘bicycle tour’ through Winston-Salem, which could be downloaded using the ‘Layar’ application that offers the special feature of Augmented Reality. Bob developed his interest in finding ways to merge his backgrounds in Spatial Planning and Geo-Information Science.
Hawanatu Eve Savage was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone in West Africa and later moved to Durham, NC and then to Winston Salem, NC. While interning at CDI, Eve pursued her BS degree in Biology from Winston Salem State University with the goal of obtaining a medical degree with specialization in Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN). She spent the majority of her college experience participating in animal behavior research.
Logan Rost interned at CDI while an undergraduate student at Salem College, working towards her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Biology, and planning to continue on to osteopathic medical school. She is originally from Tennessee and enjoys playing soccer.