The Questions | Robert Welsh, IDSA | Stanley Black & Decker

During Robert Welsh's 16 years with DEWALT tools and as vice president of industrial design for Professional Power Tools at Stanley Black & Decker, an IDSA Patron, he has lead diverse design teams on three continents that deliver products in categories including woodworking, metalworking and portable tools. The work of his teams at Black & Decker generates over $1 billion in annual revenues.

In this brief Q&A, we learn a good deal about his thoughts on collaborative design, the principles he uses to lead his design teams and why converging technologies excite him: