Student Merit Awards

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 and sometimes juniors 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.orgas demonstrated belowand 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.

Questions on the IDSA Student Merit Award (SMA) program may be directed to Allan Gordon, IDSA Director of Membership, at allang@idsa.org or 703.707.6000 x112.

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 jordanf@idsa.org or 703.707.6000 x127.

 

The 2016 IDSA Student Merit Awards are sponsored by Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks.

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