BRAN FERREN a designer and technologist, is co-founder and chief creative officer of Applied Minds LLC, which invents and prototypes high-technology products and innovative business concepts for the aerospace, defense, intelligence, automotive, architecture, computing, and consumer products sectors. He is former president of Research & Development and Creative Technology for the Walt Disney Company where he was responsible for advanced technology and innovation projects, company-wide. Prior to that, he was president and senior designer for Associates & Ferren, a company Disney acquired in 1993. He works primarily as lead concept designer, systems engineer, and technologist, and is named inventor on approximately 300 current and pending US patents.
Ferren is an Oscar-nominated film visual effects designer and an award-winning Broadway special effects, lighting, and sound designer. Other conceptual design work includes World’s Fairs, theme parks, music tours, buildings, interiors, command centers, special purpose vehicles, and exhibits. Design engineering and technical clients include the Walt Disney Company, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, General Motors, IBM, Warner Communications, Sony, Herman Miller, and Intel Corporation. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as well as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He has been a senior advisory board member for science, advanced technology, and innovation management to over a dozen US government and military agencies and the US Senate. Current/recent clients include the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.