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, defence, intelligence, automotive, architecture, computing, and consumer products sectors. He is former President of Research & Development and Creative Technology for the Walt Disney Company. Before that, he was President and Senior Designer for Associates & Ferren, which Disney acquired in 1993.
Bran works primarily as lead concept designer, systems engineer, and technologist, and is named inventor on approximately 300 current and pending US patents. He is an Oscar-nominated film visual effects designer and award-winning Broadway special effects, lighting, and sound designer. Other conceptual design work includes consumer products, World’s Fairs, theme parks, music tours, building architecture, and special purpose vehicles.
Design, engineering and technical clients include the Walt Disney Company, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, General Motors, IBM, Warner Communications, and Sony. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has been a senior advisory board member for science, advanced technology, and innovation management to over a dozen Government and military agencies and the US Senate.