Jeff Smith, IDSA, is an industrial designer working for Autodesk as an education manager. His team supports Fusion360 in US higher education.
Smith served for more than 20 years as design director of Reflex Design, Inc., working on products such as fitness equipment, medical, industrial, consumer and kitchen products. He spent eight years as adjunct faculty at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale teaching Solidworks, sketching, product design, personal watercraft design and design for manufacturing.
Smith also served as chair of IDSA’s Florida Chapter. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in industrial design.
Statement of Candidacy
Over my ID career, I have fallen into a pattern of joining IDSA and falling out of membership—only to later join again. Why? I must see the value. I must see the strength of a unified national voice for our profession. On a few “return trips” to IDSA, I have even served in a volunteer position—IDSA Florida Chapter chair.
IDSA facilitated my first job as a student participating in the Student Merit Award competition at RIT. Clearly, IDSA has helped me. There are two reasons I decided to run for Southern District Chapter Representative. First—to try and solve this revolving door membership issue.
Second—to attempt to bridge the gap between design education and professional designers on the regional level. My current job at Autodesk Education highlights this and shows me a pathway to pull them closer.
Please consider voting for me, and then consider lending a hand as we move ahead.