Faculty & Research

Polletta, Gregory N.

Designer. Catalyst. Engineer. Professor Polletta's engineering, new product development and leadership experience has been with Bankers Trust, Avero Inc., The Xerox PARC Labs, and The American Management Systems Center for Advanced Technology later culminating in the forming of iGNITIATE an innovation strategy and new product development firm working with small to mid-size firms, family run companies, and R&D labs such as Columbia University, Pfizer, MIT, The National Science Foundation, The US Department of Defense, Fujitsu, Japan; L'Oreal, France; Louis Vuitton, Swarovski, Wattens, Austria; and many others. Gregory is the co-founder of the design brand gregorysung having designed products for Magis, Roche Bobois, e-my, Philips de Pury, Cristina Grajales, Guzzini, ATC, London Design Council, Banana Republic,Dieteker, Ligne Roset, Artemide & many others.

Professor Polletta holds a MS in Industrial Design from Domus Academy in Milan, a BS in Information Systems in the Management & Engineering for Manufacturing program and a minor in Emerging Technology Development from the University of Connecticut United States with a concentration in Medieval Society at Selwin College, Cambridge University UK. Gregory has lectured extensively in the US and abroad as a BA/MS/MBA/Ph.D. professor on the topics of Design Innovation, Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Industrial Design and New Product Development at: Le Grande Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees ENPC Ph.D Engineering & MBA Program, Paris, France; University of Connecticut, Storrs; European School of Economics, Milan & Rome, Italy; Parsons School of Design, Paris; IFM MBA in Luxury Management Paris; Lucerne School of Art and Design, Lucerne Switzerland; The Royal College of Art, London and St. Martins school of Design, London. After almost 10 years with ENPC, and after more than 500 industry professionals have passed through his Ignite program classes, Professor Polletta was named the most inspirational professor ENPC Ph.D Engineering & MBA Program in 2014.

Gregory has served as a board member, board of advisor member and investor to nonprofit and for profit firms throughout Europe and the US and has been a past Designer in Residence at True Start & True Capital Venture Capital focusing on consumer products and retail. Gregory is also a member of the prestigious American Program Bureau and the international London Speakers Bureau and has been a keynote speaker and desiner for such events as The World Retail Congress in Paris, The Chairman of the Global Leadership Summit in New York and many other international conferences as well as is a 2015 judge of the HULT Prize .

New Product Engineering & Design: Innovation and Renovation
Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship for New Product Development
Marketing of Innovative Services



  • *&Life: *Istanbul, Turkey – Interview: Gregory Polletta & Sung Jang www.andlifeturkey.com <http://www.andlifeturkey.com/>
  • *360-Design: *Beirut, Lebanon – Interview: Gregory Polletta & Sung Jang www.360design.com <http://www.360design.com/>
  • *Architectural Digest: *Europe Edition – 2009 Best of Design www.architecturaldigest.com <http://www.architecturaldigest.com/>
  • *Apartment Therapy: *NY, USA – Topiade for Louis Vuitton www.apartmenttherapy.com <http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/>
  • *Azure**: *Ottawa, Canada – Topiade for Louis Vuitton www.azuremagazine.com <http://www.azuremagazine.com/>
  • *Corriere della Sera* – Milan, Italy – Interview: Gregory Polleta & Sung Jang www.corriere.it <http://www.corriere.it/>
  • *DDI magazine* – Georgia, USA – Interview: Gregory Polleta & Sung Jang www.ddimagazine.com <http://www.ddimagazine.com/>
  • *DesignBoom: *New York, USA – Topiade for Louis Vuitton www.designboom.com <http://www.designboom.com/>
  • *Egg Magazine**: *Taipei, Taiwan Interview: Gregory Polletta & Sung Jang www.eggmagazine.com <http://www.eggmagazine.com/>
  • *Milano Politechnico* – Milan, Italy – Book: The Green Revolution www.milanopolitechnico.it <http://www.milanopolitechnico.it/>
  • *Inside Outside *– Mumbai, INDIA – Interview: Gregory Polleta & Sung Jang www.insideoutsideindia.com <http://www.businessindiagroup.com/credoIO.asp>
  • * La Repubblica delle Donne:* Milan, Italy - Interview: Gregory Polletta & Sung Jang www.dweb.repubblica.it <http://www.dweb.repubblica.it/>
  • *Loft Publications**: *Barcelona, Spain – Book: Organic & Green Architecture www.loftpublications.com <http://www.loftpublications.com/>
  • *Origina Magazine -* Mexico city, Mexico: Topiade for Louis Vuitton 
  • *Shtab-kvartira Magazine* - Moscow, Russia: Monde product design www.shtab-kvartira.com <http://www.ruslania.com/pictures/big/300174-Shtab_kvartira.jpg>