2021 Student Merit Award Finalists


IDSA is delighted to annually recognize exceptional student design talent through our Student Merit Awards (SMA) program. The nationwide competition seeks to highlight the very best creativity, problem solving and design brilliance in each of IDSA's five North American Districts.

The SMA Finalists below are student designers who have demonstrated tremendous talent and breadth of skill, and who best embody the industrial design program they represent. Being selected as an SMA Finalist is a significant achievement and instantly positions each of these individuals at the top of their graduating class. In Round 2 of this competition, one Student Merit Award winner will be selected from each district by a committee of judges from industry and academia.

The 2021 SMA program is generously supported by Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. All 2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Student Merit Award District Winners will receive a voucher, redeemable for a value of up to $250, which can be used to create a prototype of your design with Stratasys Direct Manufacturing services, with capabilities including: FDM, PolyJet, Laser Sintering, Stereolithography, Multi Jet Fusion, DMLS, Urethane Casting, CNC Machining and Injection Molding. Learn more at www.stratasysdirect.com




Cedarville University / International Center for Creativity
Cleveland Institute of Art
The Ohio State University
University of Cincinnati
Richmond Institute of Design & Innovation (Western Michigan University)
Columbus College of Art & Design



University of Wisconsin-Stout
Purdue University
Kansas State University
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
University of Minnesota
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Notre Dame
Iowa State University
The University of Kansas
University of Illinois at Chicago
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design



Drexel University
Syracuse University
Pratt Institute
Thomas Jefferson University
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Parsons (The New School)
University of Bridgeport
Rochester Institute of Technology
Kean University



Georgia Tech
NC State University
University of Houston
James Madison University
Appalachian State
Savannah College of Art & Design
Virginia Tech
Auburn University



San Jose State University
Arizona State University
Western Washington University
Brigham Young University
San Francisco State University
University of Washington
University of Oregon
Art Center College of Design