Student Merit Awards

The annual IDSA Student Merit Awards program (#IDSASMA) provides industrial design students with opportunities to showcase their talents and achievements. The program also allows universities and design schools with ID programs to gain acclaim and visibility. It also provides a platform for design managers and other talent acquisition professionals to meet and possibly even hire the next generation of design.

SMAs begin at the ID school level in January-February each year. Each school selects one winner from senior competitors. The school-level winners then advance in the spring to their respective IDSA District Design Conference (DDC), where they compete for the District title. Each District chooses one SMA winner, who is then recognized through a profile in INNOVATION magazine; on IDSA.org—as demonstrated below; and in August at the International Design Conference's IDSA Awards Ceremony and through displays of their work. At times, SMA winners also may be asked to speak at IDSA events the following year.

Questions? Contact Karen Foust, Senior Manager of Awards and Competitions, at karenf@idsa.org or 703.707.6000 x111. Faculty Advisors to IDSA Student Chapters, please click here for SMA Guidelines. Questions about the school-level competition may be directed to Jordan Fleger, Manager of Member and Chapter Relations, at jordanf@idsa.org or 703.707.6000 x127.

IDSA SMA 2017 is sponsored by Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS. See the 2017 school-level winners and record breaking District-level winners!

2017

Parsons School of Design
California College of the Arts
Savannah College of Art & Design
University of Notre Dame

2016

Wentworth Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech College of Design
University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC)
Kendall College of Art and Design
Arizona State University

2015

Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA)
Auburn University
Western Washington University
University of Illinois-Chicago
Syracuse University

2014

Arizona State University
Pratt Institute
The Ohio State University
University of Illinois at Chicago
Savannah College of Art & Design

2013

University of Notre Dame
California College of the Arts
University of Cincinnati
Massachusetts College of Art
Virginia Tech

2012

Virginia Tech
California College of the Arts
University of Notre Dame
Pratt Institute
University of Cincinnati

2011

University of Houston
University of Notre Dame
The Ohio State University
Wentworth University
Brigham Young University

2010

College for Creative Studies
Massachusetts College of Art
Brigham Young University
University of Illinois at UC
University of Houston

2009

Cleveland Institute of Arts
University of Notre Dame
Arizona State University
University of the Arts
North Carolina State University

2008

Virginia Tech
University of Notre Dame
Massachusetts College of Art
California College of the Arts
Columbus College of Art & Design

2007

Academy of Art University
University of Notre Dame
Cleveland Institute of the Arts
Rochester Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech

2006

Purdue University
Rochester Institute of Technology
San Jose State University
Cleveland Institute of the Arts
Georgia Tech

2005

Georgia Tech
Cleveland Institute of the Arts
Virginia Tech
Art Center College of Design
University of Illinois at UC