Education Council

The Education Council serves in order to ensure the highest standard of industrial design education; to actively maintain a liaison among all members of IDSA (especially those whose professional responsibility is industrial design education); to promote and develop IDSA Student Chapters and activities; to promote Student Membership; and to consult with, and make recommendations to, the Chair and the Board of Directors concerning education policies, planning and matters within the Society.

The members of this council serve in a number of ways and help advance IDSA's efforts in celebrating the work of our academic communities. Primarily, they are the point of contact for the IDSA Student Merit Award (SMA) competition and Student Chapters in their respective districts. Each year, they serve on the jury teams responsible for reviewing work submitted by students to select SMA District Winners and Scholarship recipients. During their two-year term, District Education Representatives may also assist with organizing the annual Education Symposium. All District Education Representatives, collectively with three professional practitioners, form IDSA's Education Council. 


2022 - 2023 Education Council Members

Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, IDSA
Education Director | Board of Directors
Education Council Chair

Louise Manfredi, IDSA
Northeast District

James Rudolph, IDSA
Midwest District

Owen Foster, IDSA
South District

Kohar Scott, IDSA
West District

Carly Hagins, IDSA
Central District

Jiabao Li, IDSA

Vincent Lin, IDSA

Josh Madwed, IDSA