Ralf Schneider, IDSA


Ralf Schneider, IDSA
Assistant Professor | Syracuse University
Vice Chair, IDSA Syracuse Chapter | 2020-2021

Ralf Schneider, IDSA is an associate professor of industrial and interaction design at Syracuse University. With a product design diploma from the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin, Germany and a M.Des. from the University of Cincinnati (UC), he combines European and American design values.

Previous academic appointments include teaching design at Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) in Boston and the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP). As associate director and senior design researcher at the Live Well Collaborative, he contributed to the unique mission to foster the collaborative and interdisciplinary design process between industry and academia. His current research focuses on how virtual, augmented and mixed reality technology impacts design.



Statement of Candidacy (Board of Directors - Education Director | 2022-2023 term)

Over the last 16 years, I have dedicated my career to design education:

  • 2005-2010: Adjunct at University of Cincinnati / DAAP
  • 2010-2015: Assistant Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT)
  • 2015-2021: Assistant Professor at Syracuse University (SU)
  • 2021-present: Associate Professor at Syracuse University (SU).

Besides guiding many students to the professional design world, I have published and presented work at national and international venues and won a design award from the Cradle to Cradle Institute.

I am committed to advancing the Industrial Design profession by fostering design education environments where students strive to be their best and by connecting design industry professionals to inspire and coach students.

I have been an IDSA member for 14 years. My volunteering efforts within IDSA have focused on supporting IDSA student clubs at both WIT and SU and more recently as the Vice Chair of the IDSA Syracuse chapter. I have observed how IDSA has evolved over time, and I believe I can add value to its mission.

My experience at an R1 institution is valuable for the IDSA Education Director position as I understand all design education stakeholder needs.

In the role of Education Director, I would like to continue the work in progress from the current Education Director and learn about the needs of a diverse set of stakeholders. Further, I would work on developing a framework on how IDSA can strengthen the collaboration between industry and academia.

Another opportunity is to develop solutions that improve the student membership numbers and the conversion to young professional memberships.

After receiving tenure this year, I can fully commit to the responsibilities that the IDSA Education Director position brings. Thank you for your consideration.


Ralf Schneider