Charlotte McCurdy is an award winning designer and researcher who works at the intersection of emerging technology, futures, and existential threats. Her thesis work on carbon-negative materials, “After Ancient Sunlight,” debuted as part of “Nature — The Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial” in 2019 and won the Experimental category in the 2019 FastCompany Innovation by Design Awards. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, Dezeen, Wallpaper, and Vogue, and has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, Swarovski, The UN Office for Partnerships, and Science Sandbox. She holds a degree in Global Affairs from Yale University and in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence at RISD where she teaches courses on climate change, design research and experimental design.