Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, IDSA
Assistant Professor of Industrial Design
Iowa State University
Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, IDSA, has worked in Germany and the United States as an industrial designer with a focus on aviation and transportation design. Currently, she is an assistant professor of industrial design at Iowa State University, leading a Design Thinking and Doing Research Lab. In 2017, her latest student project on disaster recovery made headlines. She also serves as a strategic design consultant to the Center for Functional Fabrics at Drexel University, where she previously held appointments as assistant professor and associate program director.
Paepcke-Hjeltness taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she founded and originally led the MA and undergraduate minor in Design for Sustainability and coordinated the graduate eLearning Program in Design Management. Paepcke-Hjeltness has taught several industry-sponsored courses with companies such as Dell, Gulfstream, Freescale and Newell Rubbermaid/Goody, as well as community-based design projects with Tybee Island, GA and the Rochester Public Library in Illinois, among others.
Paepcke-Hjeltness earned her MFA in ID, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University and the equivalent of a BS in industrial design from the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany.