Assistant/Associate Professor of Industrial Design Effective Fall 2015. Click here for a Position Announcement PDF with embedded links.
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."
Professor Brook Kennedy speaking about "Undark and the Firefly."
Professor Akshay Sharma speaking about "Designing Empowerment."
CHICAGO STUDIO |
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.
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.
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.
The sophomore team – Katherine Simmons, Kyle Stewart, Brad Regruto, & Stephen Shickel – won the 2014 UX Best Student Award for their project, Zone Smartwatch + App. The Zone utilizes wireless technology to improve the lives of parents and children with mild autism.
VTID Wins "Best Student UX" Award 2014
Read more : Submission Video
Click here to view the 2011-2014 archive.
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.