Seniors Feild Craddock, Kathryn Suttle, Joe Vidmar and Daniel Colby will travel to Hong Kong this June to pitch their business plan for EON, a line of dental care products aimed at the elderly and individuals with limited physical dexterity. They will stay for a week and compete on a global stage with teams from a wide range of disciplines from around the world. See list of finalists.
Erik Klemm (BSID ’02) and Danny Lentz (BSID ‘07 ), designers at Giant Bicycles, recently presented a lecture titled “Designing the Cycling Experience” at the Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery at California State University, Long Beach.
Aubrey Altman (BSID ‘01) is a senior art director for ARCHITECT Magazine.
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Kyle McCrory (BSID ’11) was featured in the Oct. 15, 2012 issue of Time Magazine.
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Associate Professor Brook Kennedy was Project Manager on the IDEA Gold Award winning OXO Tot Seedling Youth Booster Seat, by Smart Design.
New Graduate Certificate Program in Critical Design Thinking is offered to working professionals, beginning spring 2013.
Greg Mitchell, VTID graduate 2012 and 2011, won the 2012 William Preston Society Master's Thesis Award in the category of Innovative Application of Technology in a Master's Thesis. One of the reviewers wrote, “The thesis is a critical issue of our time, reconnecting science and art, despite the restructuring of many universities across the nation….The conclusions are profound and will have immediate impact on education and discovery.” Click here to visit Mitchell's thesis website: http://www.developedidea.com.
Larry Fenske is appointed Professor of Practice after two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Larry co-founded Bjorksten | bit 7, in the Midwest and has been awarded multiple U.S. and International patents, and has received national and international design awards.
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VTID ranked #3 Nationally
For 2013, the Virginia Tech undergraduate Industrial Design Program has been ranked #3 nationally in the annual survey of design education in the United States published by DesignIntelligence, which assesses the best schools for preparing students for success in the profession.
VTID Wins IDSA Regional Merit Award 2nd Consecutive Year
In 2012 and 2013, a senior from VTID has won the IDSA Southern District Conference Merit award. Field Craddock won this year at the Raleigh venue, and Reid Schlegel won in 2012 in Atlanta.
New & Upcoming Studios & Modules
Prof. Ron Kemnitzer will be leading a new interdisciplinary modular studio, partnering with alumni from RailPlan, to develop concepts for passenger rail entering Roanoke. Prof. Akshay Sharma will be leading a full studio on Design for the Bottom of the Pyramid (DeBOP). Prof. Kennedy will teach his second year of Biomimicry in Spring 2014.