Mitchell is the first designer to assist the US National Security Council with strategy and operations. He has 15 years of on-the-ground experience researching and designing new approaches to the world's most challenging environments. He is a specialist in organizational innovation, social science research, and the fusion of interdisciplinary design methods with bleeding-edge technologies. 

Mitchell’s work has improved living conditions in refugee camps, reduced poverty in urban slums, and transformed conflict cities. From 2006-2013, he built the technical consultancy Sutika Sipus to provide international agencies throughout Africa, Middle East, and Afghanistan with new capabilities for urban research and computational analysis to guide strategic interventions. From 2011-13 he advised the government of Somalia on conflict stabilization and urban reconstruction and pioneered the design of local informatics for the improved security and economic development of Mogadishu. While pursuing doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon University in 2015, he cofounded the company Symkala, which applies breakthrough robotics technologies to unstructured dark data, driving a new direction in geospatial information systems (GIS).

Mitchell has additionally consulted to the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute, and NASA on the integration of UAVs and autonomous cars in cities. He has spoken widely on his work at venues including MIT MediaLab, Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis, Columbia Earth Institute, and Oxford University. His work has been featured in a variety of outlets including WIRED, Popular Science, and Gizmodo.


Complex Socio-Technical and Geo-Political Problems 
Previous works have included refugee camp upgrading, urban crime reduction, post-war reconstruction, technology strategy, information management systems, and the overhaul of large government services. Mitchell provides technology and strategy consulting services to Governments, Multilateral Organizations, INGOs, NGOs, & Corporations.


US White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, Innovation Fellow

Symkala Inc., Co-Founder

Selected PREVIOUS 

Carnegie Mellon University (Doctoral studies, Research, and Teaching in Design and Human Computer Interaction)

Sutika Sipus  (Selected Clients include USAID, City of Kabul, City of Mogadishu, US Institute of Peace, Save the Children, CARE)

Fulbright Research Grant. Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, American University of Cairo, Egypt 2008-2009

External references to my work

2016, September 14. Gray, David. Liminal Thinking: Create the change you want by changing the way you think.

2016, July. "Using computational modeling to examine shifts towards extremist behaviors in European Diaspora Communities," Advances in Cross-Cultural Decision Making (480): Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 331-332

2016. Rule, Troy. "Drone Zoning," North Carolina Law Review 96

2016, April 15. Jenson, Ole B., "Drone city - power, design and aerial mobility in the age of 'smart cities," Geographica Helvetica

2016, February 15. Widener, Michael N., "Local Regulating of Drone Activity in Lower Airspace," Boston University Journal of Science and Technology (22)

2016, Herring, Christopher. "Sheltering those in need: architects confront homelessness," 18th Annual Berkeley Undergraduate prize for architectural design excellence.

2015. Smit, Anneke. "Property Rights and Public Interests: Restitution, Transitional Justice, and Post-Conflict Reconciliation," in Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice at the Intersection of Forced Migration, Transitional Justice, and Reconciliation, ed M. Bradley, McGill-Queens Press.

2015. Jenkins, Nathan
. "An application of aerial drones in zoning and urban land use planning in Canada: A preliminary review of current policies, restrictions and planning direction for aerial drones in Canadian cities," MCP Thesis, Ryerson University

2015, October 15. Voigt, Robert. "Drone's Eye View," Planning: The Magazine of the American Planning Association,

2015, October 15.. Kiger, Patrick J., "Imagining the Driverless City," Urban Land, The Magazine of The Urban Land Institute.

2015, July 22. Haubry, Claire. "Robots: Sepro s'appui sur les USA pou innover," Ouest France,

2015, June 12. Simon, Mathilde. "The April 2015 Attack in Garissa by al Shabaab." Foreign Policy Journal.

2015, January 1. Rawn, Evan. "The three-dimensional city: How drones will impact the future urban landscape." ArchDaily.

2015. I Limo, W Mona, "Challenges of Relationships and Social Identities: The paradox of the consequences of Kenya's military intervention in Somalia," in The New African Civil-Military Relations, ed. Limo, Irene, and Williams Muna APRI: Pretoria. 

2014, August 22. Kastrenakes, Jacob. "This is what the future of a drone-filled America could look like: Could drone zoning laws keep pilots in check?" The Verge,

2014. Shay, Shawn. Somalia in Transition Since 2006. Transaction Publishers, New Jersey. 

2014, August 22. Zhang, Sarah. "Should Cities have Zoning for Drones?," Gizmodo

2014, August 22. Atherton, Kelsey D. "The Future of Urban Planning: Zoning for Drones," Popular Science Magazine

2013. Kilcullen, David. Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerilla, Oxford University Press.

2013, October 20. Cane, Philip and SimonSchofield. "Al Shabaab: the rise and fall from Black Hawk Down to Westgate and beyond," Humanitarian Intervention Centre, London.

2013, June 11. Campbell, John. "Mapping Mogadishu and the Problem of Warlord Politicians," Council of Foreign Relations

2013, June 1. Rogers, Adam. "Life after warfare: How a digital map could help revive Mogadishu." Wired Magazine.

2011. Kisiangani, Emmanuel. "Comparing Somalia's al-Shabaab and Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army," Institute for Security Studies Papers 229