Assistant/Associate Professor of Industrial Design Effective Fall 2015. Click here for a Position Announcement PDF with embedded links.
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.
Student Merit Award Winner
Jonathan Kim was selected as the IDSA Student Merit Award Winner for 2015 from Virginia Tech. Congratulations Jonathan!
VISITING PROFESSOR |
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.
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.
Click here to view the 2011-2015 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.
IDSA STUDENT MERIT AWARD | Jonathan Kim
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.