Dennis Stevens, Ed.D.

Inventor and advisor in Hudson Valley, New York

I am a creative problem solver with the ability to hold two opposing ideas in my mind at the same time.

I process knowledge and information as an artist and, I deliver actionable insights as a C-Suite advisor.

British historian of ideas, and political theorist, Isaiah Berlin suggests that a fox knows many things, but a hedgehog knows one big thing-- and, in light of this metaphor, I am a fox with an agile mind.

My value is in knowledge synthesis across disciplinary boundaries.

My company Penelope Mimetics provides a collaborative infrastructure for research and development. Our focus is on using emergent technologies and new knowledge to inform business strategy.

We specialize in content and brand strategy, product and service prototyping, competitive analysis, voice of customer research, and, the development of innovative and potentially paradigm-shifting solutions to real-world problems.


  • Strategic advisement with a focus on research, problem-solving, the automation of workflows, and the use of technology to enhance collaboration, communication, and innovation
  • Evaluation of business needs to determine how to leverage new knowledge, software, hardware, and IT-related services, such as artificial intelligence, to address pain points


My career has been highly collaborative, wide-reaching, and diverse.

I served four years on active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard, honorably discharged as an E-5, Gunner's Mate. I received my doctor of education in art from Teachers College, Columbia University. My master's degree is in instructional technology and I have an undergraduate BFA in studio art.

I have taught in universities as an adjunct professor of art and I have experience in running university studio art programs as well as for-profit art, craft, and design studios and galleries.

My dissertation is titled The aesthetics of the American Dream: Experiencing the visual as meaning beyond truth.

Aesthetics as Judgment

I'm a writer/critic and a former university art professor; my research is in aesthetics as it relates to judgment.

I've worked extensively to update news in the public interest and to restore American public discourse in the news as it relates to politics; here's some writing: Thoughts on trust, media, and democracy.

I've also written on the hybrid intersections of art, craft, and design; here's a related sample: DIY: Revolution 3.0-Beta; more at Redefining Craft and on Amazon.

You may use the “contact me” button at the top of this page to reach me.

  • Work
    • Penelope Mimetics LLC
  • Education
    • Teachers College, Columbia University (Ed.D.)
    • San Jose State University (M.A.)
    • Clemson University (B.F.A.)