Michael Kahwaji, IDSA

Michael Kahwaji, IDSA
Senior Design Manager
Whirlpool Corp. 

Michael Kahwaji, IDSA, is a senior design manager at Whirlpool Corp., responsible for brand implementation and product development in the home cleaning category. Previously, he was a design lead at Whirlpool for a variety of categories: cooking, refrigeration, new business creation and KitchenAid brand development.

Prior to joining Whirlpool, Kahwaji worked as an industrial designer at Zircon Corporation in San Jose, CA. developing DIY and commercial grade tools, and as a graphic designer at DesignCrew in Pasadena, CA.

Kahwaji serves on the MFA Advisory Council at the College for Creative Studies and is an adjunct design instructor at The University of Notre Dame. During his free time, he collaborates with installation artists and has shown his work nationally and internationally.

Kahwaji received his MFA in industrial design from The University of Notre Dame and a BS in industrial design from Western Michigan University.


How to Break into the Design Industry While Maintaining your Integrity, Pride and Emotional Stability

Michael Kahwaji, IDSA, says getting a job in the design field is becoming exponentially more competitive every year; it can break you down! He will share soft and hard skills needed to put your best foot forward when seeking an internship or full-time employment. Kahwaji will review what works and what doesn’t during your student years and during the job hunting experience.

Whether you’re a student or a professional in the market for a new job, this is a must see presentation. Come for the cold, hard truth of what you’ll need to get your dream job. There won’t be any sugar coating or shoulders to cry on in this workshop, during which professionals are encouraged to join and share their thoughts.