Toby Thompson was born in Kvinesdahl, Norway, emigrated to the US in 1934 and grew up in New York City. In 1950 he attended Brooklyn College and studied Liberal Arts. From 1952 to 1954, he was drafted into the US Army infantry and served in Berlin, Germany. He became a US citizen on Radio Free Europe. In 1954 he attended Fordham University, studying Liberal Arts. In 1955 he entered Syracuse University and graduated in 1959 with a bachelor's of industrial design (BID).
Professor Emeritus, Department of Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design, College of the Arts, The Ohio State University; Retired Professor of Industrial Design, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology; Formerly: Director, Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access and Professor of Industrial Design, College of Architecture, Interim Director, Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, 1995-2001, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Herb Tyrnauer received a bachelor's in fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University in 1955 and a master's in fine arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1958. From 1955 to 1957, he worked for NYC Berteli Display Corp. and for Raymond Spilman & Associates. From 1958 to 1961, he was an assistant professor in interior design at Texas Woman's University. From 1962 to 1971, he established a partnership, Tyrnauer & Holtzman Design Associates.
Mac began teaching in 1948, and assisted in the design of cars for Opel, GM and Oldsmobile, and was instrumental in establishing Toyota's Calty Design Research Inc., the first automotive satellite studio in Southern California. He taught automotive design for 50 years at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,CA.
At its annual conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, IDSA honored Professor Lepper with its second annual Educator Award. Lepper was intimately involved with the establishment of the industrial design program at Carnegie Mellon University (formerly Carnegie Institute of Technology), the first degree-granting ID program in the US, initiated in 1934. He also defined seven basic elements of visual perception (line, area, volume, space, value, color and texture) and identified their industrial equivalents.
The IDSA Education Award is presented in recognition of significant and distinguished contributions to the field of industrial design education. This annual award is presented to an IDSA member who has:
Earned the respect and admiration of colleagues and students for his/her teaching of industrial design and
Maintained unwavering commitment to the values and principles of the industrial design profession.
Alone and through collaboration, Craig Vogel, FIDSA, a professor in the School of Design and at the University of Cincinnati (UC), developed an approach to teaching that gave students a unique and high profile experience in real world innovation.
In his long tenure at The Ohio State University (OSU), Charles A. Charles Wallschlaeger was instrumental in creating one of the first full-scale industrial design departments at the university level. In more than 30 years there – including 19 as department chair, Charles influenced countless students and design educators.