Ed Dorsa, IDSA
Associate Professor & Chair, Retired
Virginia Tech Industrial Design Program
Ed Dorsa, IDSA, retired in 2017 after nearly two decades as an associate professor and the chair of the Industrial Design Program at Virginia Tech. He taught courses in computer-aided design, design visualization, materials and processes, design research, typography, packaging and verbal presentation—as well as design studios at every level including Interdisciplinary Product Development Studio.
Dorsa earned government and corporate grants to further this work. In 2012, his team won Virginia Tech’s X-caliber Award for the integration of technology into teaching.
Dorsa served as Education VP on IDSA’s Board of Directors and as an IDSA International Design Excellence Awards juror. His writings appeared in IDSA’s INNOVATION magazine. Dorsa served on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). In 2006, he was named one of the "Most Admired ID Educators" by DesignIntelligence.
Educated Guesses on Design Education
He retired in 2017 after appointments at Iowa State, Arizona State and Virginia Commonwealth universities followed by nearly two decades as an associate professor and the chair of the Industrial Design Program at Virginia Tech.
Now, Ed Dorsa, IDSA—once named one of the “Most Admired ID Educators”—takes a look at design education from the viewpoint of someone retiring after 30 years at the head of the class.