The Student Merit Award, or SMA program, at IDSA provides the students of industrial design opportunities to showcase their talent and achievements at their schools, to their local professional communities and at the District and National levels. The SMA program also allows schools with ID programs to gain acclaim and visibility among similar institutions. Further, it provides an ample platform for design managers and other talent acquisition professionals to see the industrial design geniuses of the future up close and in person.
This annual program of IDSA begins at the ID school level in January-February. Schools select from among their population of seniors the top talent who becomes the school SMA winner. All school winners advance to their respective IDSA District Design Conference where they compete for the District title. The five District SMA winners are recognized through profiles in INNOVATION, on IDSA.org—as demonstrated below—and at the International Conference, both on stage at the IDSA Awards Ceremony and through posters.
Being selected as a school SMA winner and especially a District SMA winner is indeed a high honor for graduating seniors aspiring to enter the profession of industrial design with an edge on the competition. Many of the past winners featured below have gone on to great success and stand as a testament to their peers on the opportunity and advantage that IDSA's annual Student Merit Award program offers.
Faculty Advisors to IDSA Student Chapters, please click here for SMA Guidelines. Questions about the school level competition may be directed to Jordan Fleger, Member Relations Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.707.6000 x127.
The 2016 IDSA Student Merit Awards are sponsored by Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks.