Betsy Barnhart, IDSA

Betsy Barnhart, IDSA
Assistant Professor & Program Director of Industrial Design, University of Kansas
Leader, IDSA's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, 2020-22
IDSA Women in Design Advisory Council, 2021-22


Betsy Barnhart, IDSA is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Industrial Design at the University of Kansas. She is also a leader of IDSA's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (DEIC). Betsy was the recipient of Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) Young Educator of the Year Award in 2020. Betsy's research focuses on addressing inequities in industrial design: specifically, the under representation of women in practice, design leadership, and in education. She is gathering core data to better assess the status of women and minorities in Industrial Design practice and conducting skills assessments internationally to show disparities in learning outcomes for women and minorities in Industrial Design education.

She is also an accomplished sporting goods designer with over 15 years of Industrial Design experience and continues her professional practice designing Lacrosse and Field Hockey equipment for Nike and STX lacrosse, having received several patents for her design work. Betsy's educational practice is based on her extensive experience as an industrial design practitioner, bringing into the classroom real world experiences, focusing on innovation and market disruption in consumer products and sporting goods through industry partnerships with companies like, Stanley Black and Decker, Orvis, Zebco, and United Sports Brands. She also serves as the faculty advisor to the University of Kansas IDSA Student Chapter.