Johnson & Wales University to Host Distinguished Visiting Professor, Hasbro’s NERF Design Director Brian Jablonski

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Johnson & Wales University (JWU) will welcome Brian Jablonski, Design Director at Hasbro, Inc, as the School of Engineering & Design’s Distinguished Visiting Professor on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 9:30 the Admissions Presentation Room at The Yena Center on 111 Dorrance St., Providence.

Hasbro hired Jablonski as a design manager to reinvigorate the mainstay of the company in the 80’s:  the NERF products. Since then, the NERF trademark has been transformed into a Hasbro ‘Mega-Brand’ with annual sales growing over twenty times. Jablonski now leads a team of designers merging consumer insights, creativity and innovative ideas which continue to build the NERF brand’s success.

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 17,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, R.I.; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, N.C. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs inarts and sciences, business, culinary arts, education, nutrition, hospitality and technology. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 152 countries pursuing careers worldwide.

MEDIA CONTACT: Madeline Parmenter, 401-598-2752

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