• industrial design open studio

    The Open Studio | Underground Burchard Hall

  • industrial design student collaboration

    Collaborative Space | Kiva Group-Think

  • industrial design collabortive space

    Collaborative Space | The Studio Kiva

  • Clay Slab Construction | Platter Project | 2nd Year Studio

  • Annual Hand Drawing Workshop | 2nd Year Studio

  • Interdisciplinary Special Study Course with Engineering | Conceptual Drawings

  • Foundation Design Laboratory | Color Studies

  • Foundation Design Laboratory | Color Studies

  • Senior Independent Project | Quinn Huffstetler 2011

  • 2nd Year Form Studio | Platter Review

  • 3rd Year Studio Project | Kees Luyendijk 2011

  • 3rd Year Studio Project | Kees Luyendijk 2011

  • Senior Thesis "kid FORM" | James Connors

  • IDEA bronze award recipient 2012 | Peter Beegle

  • IDEA bronze award recipient 2012 | Peter Beegle

  • Silver Prize Winner UX 2013 Awards | Conor Brown, Michelle Murgia, Cole Smith

  • 2nd Year Wireless Universal Design Project | Chris Crowley, Kristina Danielyan, Ginny Jones, Mitchell Harris

  • Independent Study - Ax Design

    Independent Study of Ax Design with Dorsa | Jason Cusack

  • Independent Study - Ax Design

    Independent Study of Ax Design with Dorsa | Jason Cusack

  • Student Cello Case Design

    Design-Build Module | Cello Case by Jake Eck

  • Teapot Design and Creation - Zack Filbert

    Independent Study in Ceramics with Sullivan | Teapot | Zack Filbert

  • Portfolio Module - Student Work

    Portfolio Module | Excerpt: Field Craddock

  • Portfolio Module - Student Work

    Portfolio Module | Excerpt: Zack Filbert



April 2015

ID |

Faculty Search

Assistant/Associate Professor of Industrial Design Effective Fall 2015. Click here for a Position Announcement PDF with embedded links.


April 2015

ID |

Student Entrepreneur

Last year IDS Junior Gabriella Jacobsen used her studio project - the redesign of the public restroom tampon dispenser - to win the 1000 Pitches Competition in the Health Category. She then took the project to the NuSpark Startup Class and after assembling at team of 5 students from around the university won the People's Choice Award in the VT KnowledgeWorks Competition. Gabriella has since been nominated for the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council Innovator Award and the Student Innovator & Entrepreneur of the Year by the Pamplin Business School, and the Apex Systems Center. Congratulations Gabriella!
Picture Caption: Gabriella (center) with the other members of her KnowledgeWorks team.


March 2015


Student Merit Award Winner

Jonathan Kim was selected as the IDSA Student Merit Award Winner for 2015 from Virginia Tech. Congratulations Jonathan! Kim


February 2015


Anders J.

Welcome Anders Jensen, Visiting Professor.

For more than 17 years Jensen was David Lewis’ closest collaborator in TV design for Bang & Olufsen. In 2009 Anders became Design Master for Samsung Electronics Ltd. in South Korea, conducting projects in research, product development and tutoring Samsung internal design members. Jensen holds degrees in Architecture and Industrial Design and is a member of the Danish Association of Industrial Designers. Anders


November 2014

TEDx |

Kennedy & Sharma

Professors Brook Kennedy and Akshay Sharma were two of the featured speakers at TEDx Virginia Tech 2014.

The title of Brook's topic was "Undark and the Firefly" and Akshay's title was "Designing Empowerment." tedx_kennedy
Professor Brook Kennedy speaking about "Undark and the Firefly."

Professor Akshay Sharma speaking about "Designing Empowerment."


November 2014



Six VT ID students (seen here with their Design House Chicago advisors) were the first group of ID students to spend the semester in the School of Architecture + Design’s Chicago Studio. The students had desks at Teams Design and worked with the non-profit Design House Chicago.

Their project was focused on revitalizing Chicago manufacturing through design, and their first product, the REVEAL picture frame, is presently in the fundraising phase on Kickstarter.

See the Core77 article about this project. ChiStudio_Kickstarter
Front L – R: Claire Butterfield, Morgan Matt, Stephanie Pekala, and Amanda Phung.
Rear L – R: Chris Kitchen and Caleb Rancourt, and Susan Page Estes, Paul Hatch and Pam Daniels of Design House Chicago.

Read more about ID@VT + CHICAGO on their blog.


October 2014


Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith, Design Director at Reflex Design in Ft. Lauderdale, FL spent a day and a half sharing his abilities and techniques in "rapid and diverse concept development" with students in the Industrial Design program.

Jeff's visit was sponsored by Eastman Chemical Co. in Kingsport, TN. Thanks to both Eastman and Jeff for this valuable opportunity.

Beginning 2011


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Mission Statement

Situated in a rigorous workshop environment with open studios and dedicated desk space, the Industrial Design Program at Virginia Tech endeavors to facilitate learning by doing and to catalyze a student’s independence – thinking for oneself. This intensive making culture, advocating experimentation and iteration, is part of a curricular foundation derived over 50 years, from our linkages to the legacy traditions of the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College and the Ulm School. The students’ experience culminates in a forward-thinking-global perspective, a capacity for both collaboration and teaching one another, and a sensibility toward ut prosim, the University’s pledge for service.


Graduating Senior Jonathan Kim was selected as this year's VTID Student Merit Award Winner. A page from the portfolio of work Jonathan submitted for this award. See more of Jonathan's portfolio here.