Making the Case for #CDDC16

Catalyst for Knowledge Sharing & Relationship Building

Designers from the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University are looking forward to attending IDSA's Central District Design Conference (#CDDC16), set for April 1-2, 2016 at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art.

"IDSA has always been a catalyst for knowledge sharing and relationship building and the conference is a key opportunity for these activities," says Integrated Innovation Institute Co-Director Eric Anderson, FIDSA, who has belonged to IDSA for 30 years. "I look forward to learning how colleagues across diverse areas of practice are addressing challenges; catching up with friends; and seeing the promising talent at the IDSA Student Merit Awards.” See more in a new video featuring Anderson.

Aaron Kurth, S/IDSA, a graduate student who's working on a master's degree in integrated innovation for products and services at the institute, says he particularly appreciates the integration of design with other disciplines through workshops, before and during the conference. "They add new facets of knowledge to your academic and professional experience,” he explains. "The conference speakers further add to that experience, as well as the many relaxed opportunities to network with colleagues and students.”

The Integrated Innovation Institute is a joint initiative of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts and Tepper School of Business. It's built on primary disciplines in product and service innovation covering functional performance (engineering); human interface (design); and economic value (business). The institute unites the three disciplines to cross train students to become elite innovators, which enhances the effectiveness of thinking and generating results.