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Ed Dorsa
Associate Professor


IDS 2034 | Materials & Processes

IDS 3015 | Industrial Design Lab III

IDS 3016 | Industrial Design Lab III

IDS 3224 | Module | Verbal Presentation


Ed Dorsa is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Industrial Design Program. Since coming to Virginia Tech in 1998 he has taught at all levels of ID studio and numerous courses across the ID curriculum, including Computer Aided Design, Design Visualization and both Junior and Senior Studios. He presently teaches ID Junior Studio and Materials & Processes as well as regularly teaching ID Modules in topics such as: Typography, Packaging, and Verbal Presentation. Each Fall Semester for the past 6 years he has co-taught an Interdisciplinary Product Development Studio with faculty from ID, Computer Engineering and Business, and other departments. His research focuses primarily on Interdisciplinary Product Development, a cross-disciplinary methodology that encourages an entrepreneurial approach to opportunity identification and the development of products and services. He has been awarded government and corporate grants to further this activity. Ed is past Vice President of Education for the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and recently completed a four-year term on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), the body that accredits ID programs in the U.S.
In 2005 Professor Dorsa was named one of the "Most 
Admired" industrial design faculty in the United States by DesignIntelligence.

research interests

Interdisciplinary Product Development & Entrepreneurism