Marking a Milestone

App State Observes a Decade of Industrial Design

Apr 26 2016 - 9:57am

Appalachian State University’s industrial design program celebrated its 10th anniversary in April 2016 by welcoming more than 100 guests including faculty, staff, students and alumni to a special event organized by Assistant Professor Michael Rall, IDSA—an App State alum and faculty advisor to the IDSA Student Chapter at App State.

The event featured displays of current student work; studio tours; networking; and the debut of a new alumni gallery on the top floor of Katherine Harper Hall. “It’s a visual display of the incredible accomplishments achieved so far by design alumni in their careers,” says Rall.

The celebration also highlighted the career paths of four alumni: Ryan Klinger, class of 2010, now with GoWorx; Seth Teeples, class of 2012, now with Trig Innovation and formerly of Toshiba; Spencer Price, class of 2010 and now with LIAT; and Joe Palmer, class of 2011 and now with Kikkerland.

In a question-and-answer session, the alumni offered advice on everything from navigating studio courses to running your own business to advancing professionally. “The presenters did a wonderful job sharing stories and realities about finding and keeping a design job. It was great to hear from many in the audience on how the presentations affected alumni and current students,” says Rall.

The event culminated with the IDSA Student Merit Award presentations by four seniors. Brandon Stambaugh, S/IDSA, took the top prize, earning the chance to represent App State at IDSA’s South District Design Conference in Auburn, AL.