"A Calming Presence"

Designer, Engineer and Author Steve Sato Passes Away

Steve Sato succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Sept. 29, 2015 at his home in Camas, WA. The former IDSA member played a key role in defining the Society's strategic business plan from 2009 to 2010. He also served as a guest editor and wrote articles for IDSA's INNOVATION magazine.

Sato is survived by his wife, Dixie Matson, and his brothers. Gregory and Kevin; he is being remembered by his family, friends and colleagues as “a uniquely gracious and thoughtful friend whose intellect and calming presence made spending time with him a joy.”

Sato graduated from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1979 with a BS in mechanical engineering; from Northwestern University in 1989 with an MS in engineering management; and from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1993 with an MS in design and design planning.

Sato’s work for technology and consulting firms in Illinois and Washington took him around the world. He was the founder of Sato + Partners, a management consultancy focused on using “design/integrative thinking” to address business challenges. He also published many foundational articles on design strategy, design planning, design management and design value. Sato also was one of the key drivers of Design Management Institute (DMI)’s Design Value System and recently acknowledged by DMI for his significant contributions to the organization and the design industry.

His hobbies included fly fishing, woodworking, cooking and community involvement as a mentor with Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.