Ed Dorsa, L/IDSA
Ed Dorsa, L/IDSA, taught design for 31 years at Iowa State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Arizona State University, with the last 19 years at Virginia Tech. There, he taught at all levels in the ID studio, materials and processes, CAD for ID, design research, design visualization—and for eight years—he led a National Science Foundation-funded studio in Interdisciplinary Product Development, with faculty from engineering and marketing.
In 2017, Dorsa was honored with the IDSA Education Award, and a Lifetime Contribution Award from VT’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies. In 2012, Dorsa earned VT’s XCaliber Award, given to an interdisciplinary team for its use of technology in advancing student success. He also earned the School of Architecture + Design’s 2009 Excellence in Teaching Studio Award; 2006 College of Architecture and Urban Studies Award for Excellence in Outreach; and 2005–06 University Certificate of Teaching Excellence.
In 2006, Dorsa was named one of the "Most Admired ID Design Educators" by DesignIntelligence. He retired from VT in September of 2017 as associate professor emeritus of the industrial design program Dorsa served as faculty advisor to the IDSA Student Chapters at Virginia Tech and Arizona State; IDSA district education representative; Education VP on IDSA’s Board of Directors; and juror for the IDSA International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). His writings have been published in IDSA’s INNOVATION magazine.
He also served for four years on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, which accredits ID programs, and continues to serve as a visiting evaluator for such programs seeking NASAD accreditation.