Surya Vanka is a designer, corporate leader, educator and author who has worked at the leading edge of designing physical and digital experiences for over twenty-five years. He has broad industry experience including most recently as director of user experience at Microsoft. Surya was a tenured professor of design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a fellow at the prestigious Center for Advanced Study. He is the author of two books on design, several publications, and has taught design in more than 20 countries. He is the winner of two Microsoft Engineering Best Practice Awards, a Microsoft Achievement Award, Accessibility Achievement Award, World Brand Congress Leadership Award and several industry recognitions. Surya serves on the advisory board of the Design Management Institute, frequently keynotes prestigious conferences and has won top speaker spot three times. Surya’s work has appeared in numerous venues, including Form, I.D., Design Council, WIRED, Interactions, the BBC and National Public Radio. He regularly teaches courses on interaction design, user experience, product development and strategic innovation around the world. Surya was selected to chair the 50th Anniversary Conference of Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) in August 2015 in Seattle. The theme of the conference “The Future of the Future: The Next 50 Years,” with the bold ambition to convene 800 designers from around the world to spark the reinvention of design for 21st century.
National Institute of Design
Ohio State University