Assistant Professor of Industrial Design
Iowa State University
Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness has worked as an industrial designer focused on aviation and transportation design. She is an assistant professor of industrial design at Iowa State University, leading a Design Thinking and Doing Research Lab and serving as the faculty advisor to the IDSA Student Chapter. She also serves as a strategic design consultant to the Center for Functional Fabrics at Drexel University.
Paepcke-Hjeltness taught at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she founded and led the MA and undergraduate minor in Design for Sustainability and coordinated the graduate eLearning Program in Design Management. Paepcke-Hjeltness has taught courses for 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.
She 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.