Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated Innovation Institute

Engineering + Design + Business

Integrated Innovation Institute

Dino Mariano

Dino Mariano

Adjunct Professor

Pittsburgh, PA


Dino is an experienced design professional and joined the faculty at the Integrated Innovation Institute in 2018.

Prior to CMU, Dino worked at Bally Design, where he began his career in 1993 after receiving his BA in Industrial Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Early in his career, he trained directly under Alex Bally FIDSA and other founders, adopting a Universal and Human Centered approach to design. He continues to promote these core research and design methodologies today as the Design Director at Bally Design. Dino possesses a diverse set of design skills from early concept visualization through to detailed 3-D CAD. In addition to these hands on skill, he is well practiced in conducting user research, facilitating creative sessions and workshops, project management, and design thinking.  From a client perspective, Dino has been instrumental in nurturing the relationships with some of Bally's largest customers which include OXO International, Mine Safety Appliances, McKesson, Bayer, and Lincoln Electric. Achievements include several design and utility patents and a number of IDEA awards. In 2012 he become a partner at Bally Design.

Advice for Future Innovators

"Allow yourself to imagine the impossible…at least for a short while. The industry is often critical of those focusing solely on the attractiveness of a new idea. Many will argue the best outcomes come from equally considering desirability, viability and feasibility. While it’s true that this balance is essential for successful innovation, we sometimes see it leads to too narrow a focus on what they know and feel comfortable about implementing. It can water down the customer experience; resulting in a product that falls far short of the initial excitement and expectations. Don’t underestimate the value of imagining highly desirable and game changing  customer experiences.  Though some of these ideas may fall apart on the viability and feasibility scale, they often uncover exciting thinking and opportunities around the customer experience that were never realized in the initial identification of customer needs. This extended form of learning can be invaluable as we reframe the problem which is an essential aspect of innovation."

Areas of Expertise

Industrial Design, Product Development, Design Research, Design Thinking

Integrated Innovation Courses

  • Industrial Design Fundamentals


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology


  • IDEA Silver – Genie GV150 Portable Vacuum
  • IDEA Silver – MSA G1 SCBA
  • IDEA Bronze – OXO Good Grips Cooking Colander
  • IDEA Finalist  - DeVilbiss VacuAide Suction Device


  • Forklift truck US Pat# D393134
  • Bypass Vacuum Cleaner US Pat# 6,175,988
  • Wet/Dry Vacuum US Pat# D435,322  
  • Various Kitchen Bag Clips -US Pat#s D509423, D511964, D514434, D520353, D525117
  • Countertop Upright Paper Towel Holder US Pat# D520,278   
  • Pull Trough Paper Towel Dispenser US Pat# 7,350,742
  • Ergonomic Handle for Scissors and Other Tools US Pat# 7,458,160
  • Mandoline Slicer US Pat# 8,919,234 
  • Apple Divider US Pat# D757502 
  • User Friendly Welding Helmet US Pat# 8,990,963  
  • Welding Helmet Assembly US Pat#  9,889,045          
  • Various Kitchen Bag Clips -US Pat#s D509423, D511964, D514434, D520353, D525117
  • Microwave Bacon Tray US Pat# D819391