University of Oregon

Department of Product Design

Sports Product Design Graduate Student Profiles

Alex HillAlex Hill

Alex Hill received a Bachelor of Arts Industrial Design from Southern Illinois University. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Alex first became interested in design when taking an elective art course while pursuing a degree in Kinesiology and never looked back.  Alex has worked with start-ups, design consultancies, medical companies, and large corporations. His portfolio includes products from the sporting goods industry, toys, medical products, and consumer electronics. Alex intends to explore the intersection between his two passions of design and human physiology. He wants to design and engineer the next generation of adaptive performance sport equipment after he completes the Sports Product Design program.

Drew McGrathDrew McGrath 

Drew McGrath received a Bachelor of Sciences in Studio Art from Skidmore College in 2004. A native of New York, Drew became interested in design through his extensive post graduate work in exhibit production. He worked at the Oregon Historical Society for several years designing and producing exhibits and display fixtures. The Sports Product Design program offers Drew the opportunity to combine his career knowledge, his creativity, and his artistic talent to collaborate with other gifted designers and join a growing, innovative industry. Drew is especially interested in sustainable materials, biomimicry, and adaptive design.

Irving PerezIrving Perez

A native of Matamoros, Mexico, Irving has a background working in immigration legal services in South Texas and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas A&M University in 2010. He pivoted professionally into his design career in 2015 by being recruited by an Abu Dhabi-based brand to be their senior global football apparel designer. He joined the Sports Product Design program to develop and expand his skills as a designer and to learn about sustainability and technology related to materials research and product development. Irving intends to continue his career as a performance apparel and sportswear designer and pursue creative leadership opportunities at a top brand in the industry after completing the Sports Product Design program.

Garrett TolletteGarrett Tollette

Garrett Tollette grew up in Folsom California, spending most of his childhood playing soccer, basketball, and riding bikes. He completed a BS in Product design with a minor in Business from the University of Oregon. Garrett is interested in the relationship between hard goods and soft goods, blending expertise in woodworking, illustration, leatherworking, and sewing. When outside the studio, Garrett loves camping, drawing, and mountain biking, and cooking. Before discovering design, Garrett was a semi-professional mountain biker, certified personal trainer, and former bike mechanic. He also has worked as a contract designer doing small projects.

Kodi WhitfieldKodi Whitfield

Kodi Whitfield hails from Los Angeles, California. He attended Stanford University on full athletic scholarship where he played football and majored in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Product Design. Upon graduating from the Sports Product Design program, Kodi plans to begin his career in footwear or apparel innovation.


Jacob WinklerJacob Winkler

Jacob Winkler received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University in 2009. He worked as a management consultant advising Fortune 500 organizations on service design best practices before holding strategic and execution-oriented roles in manufacturing startups. Jacob is interested in integrating sports product design with his background in launching technology products.