Student Merit Awards Finalists

IDSA is delighted to annually recognize exceptional student design talent through our Student Merit Awards (SMA) program. The nation-wide 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, breadth of skill and who best embody the industrial design program they represent. Being selected as an SMA Finalist is significant achievement and instantly positions these individuals at the top of their graduating class.

In Round 2 of this competition, one Student Merit Award winner is selected from each district by a committee of judges made of professionals from industry and academia.



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


Cleveland Institute of Art
The Ohio State University
Carnegie Mellon University
International Center for Creativity – Cedarville University
College for Creative Studies
Kendall College of Art & Design
University of Cincinnati
Columbus College of Art & Design


Pratt Institute
Drexel University
University of the Arts
University of Bridgeport
Kean University
Jefferson University
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Parsons School of Design - The New School
Rochester Institute of Technology
Mass Art
Syracuse University


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


Georgia Tech
Virginia Tech
Auburn University
James Madison University
Appalachian State
University of Houston
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
North Carolina State University
Savannah College of Art & Design