Michael Kahwaji, IDSA IDEA 2018 Jury Chair

Michael Kahwaji, IDSA
Whirlpool Corp.

Michael Kahwaji, IDSA, is senior design manager at Whirlpool Corporation, responsible for brand implementation and product development in the home cleaning category. Previously at Whirlpool, Kahwaji was a design lead for a variety of categories: cooking, refrigeration, new business creation and KitchenAid brand development.

Prior to Whirpool, Kahwaji worked as an industrial designer at Zircon Corp. in San Jose, CA, developing DIY and commercial-grade tools, and as a graphic designer at DesignCrew in Pasadena, CA. Kahwaji serves on the MFA Advisory Council at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and as an adjunct design instructor at the University of Notre Dame. He received his MFA in industrial design from the University of Notre Dame and a BS in industrial design from Western Michigan University.

Kahwaji also collaborates with installation artists and has shown his work nationally and internationally.