Dennis Stevens, Ed.D.

Inventor and advisor in Hudson Valley, New York

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 describe myself as a fox with an agile mind.

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.

My value is in knowledge synthesis across disciplinary boundaries.

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

We offer IT services as a Microsoft and IBM partnered managed service provider (MSP) and, the company is a Veterans Administration certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

We specialize in the pivot as it relates to change management-- strategic advisement, content/brand strategy, product and service prototyping, competitive analysis, and voice of customer research.

What I Offer as a Consultant

  • Consulting as a strategic advisor 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 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.

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.

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